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TUESDAY Q & A: Hospitals always in need of new blood donors

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently received a call from a local blood donation center asking if I’d be willing to donate. I’d like to help, but I’ve never donated before and I’m nervous about it. I’m not a fan of needles, and I’m afraid I might faint. Also, is there really that big [...]

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Mayo Clinic Completes First Genome-wide Analysis of Peripheral T-cell Lymphomas

ROCHESTER, Minn. — July 31, 2012.  Researchers at Mayo Clinic have completed the world's first genome-wide sequencing analysis of peripheral T-cell lymphomas, unlocking the genetic secrets of this poorly understood and highly aggressive cancer of the immune system. Andrew Feldman, M.D., a Mayo Clinic pathologist and Damon Runyun Clinical Investigator, [...]

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Four-Drug Mix Treats Multiple Myeloma With Fewer Side Effects, Mayo Clinic-Led Study Finds

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — June 4, 2012.  A four-drug combination of chemotherapy drugs scored high marks as a highly effective treatment for patients newly diagnosed with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, according to results from a Mayo Clinic-led study. The multidrug regimen, called CYCLONE (comprised of Cyclophosphamide, Carfilzomib, Thalidomide and Dexamethasone), [...]

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Mayo Clinic IDs Immune System Glitch Tied to Fourfold Higher Likelihood of Death

ROCHESTER, Minn. — May 30, 2012.  Mayo Clinic researchers have identified an immune system deficiency whose presence shows someone is up to four times likelier to die than a person without it. The glitch involves an antibody molecule called a free light chain; people whose immune systems produce too much [...]

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A Nurse Practitioner-Driven Palliative Care Intervention Improves Cancer Patients' Quality of Life, Mayo Clinic Study Says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — May 18, 2012.  Recent studies have shown that palliative care interventions aimed at addressing patients' emotional, spiritual and social needs have a significant impact on cancer patients' quality of life and may even improve cancer patients' overall survival. Despite this, most cancer patients being cared for in [...]

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Mayo Clinic: Exhaustion Renders Immune Cells Less Effective in Cancer Treatment

ROCHESTER, Minn. — May 9, 2012.  Rather than stimulating immune cells to more effectively battle cancerous tumors, treatment with the protein interleukin-12 (IL-12) has the opposite effect, driving these intracellular fighters to exhaustion, a Mayo Clinic study has found. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study [...]

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Cancer Control Month: Mayo Clinic Experts Discuss Emotional Coping Strategies for Survivors

ROCHESTER, Minn. — April is National Cancer Control Month, which focuses on the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and on efforts to improve the quality of life of the more than 11 million cancer survivors in the United States. While the physical effects of cancer and cancer treatments are [...]

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Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Study Finds New Type of Mutation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — April 10, 2012.   Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new class of molecular mutation in various forms of breast cancer, a finding that may shed new light on development and growth of different types of breast tumors. Called fusion transcripts, the mutated forms of RNA may also [...]

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Minnesota Partnership Awards New Grant to Study Myelodysplastic Syndrome

MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers from the University of Minnesota (U of M) in Minneapolis and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have been awarded $1.35 million by the Minnesota Partnership to combat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a cancer of the blood that impacts the way the human body develops blood cells. The grant [...]

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Three-Drug Combo Shows Promise Treating Rare Blood Disease

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A powerful combination of three chemotherapy drugs used to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma also shows promise for patients with the rare and deadly blood disease AL amyloidosis, a study led by Mayo Clinic shows. The results appear in the American Society of Hematology journal Blood. [...]

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Blood Basics

In this Medical Edge Radio episode, Mayo Clinic Dr. Rajiv Pruthi explains the basics about blood. To listen, click the link below. Blood Basics

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Mayo Clinic Study Suggests Two is Better Than One When Battling Agressive Lymphoma

When combined with a cocktail of chemotherapy drugs, two monoclonal antibodies, instead of one, appear to offer superior results in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, according to Mayo Clinic researchers working with the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG). Researchers say that adding the targeted therapy epratuzumab to a [...]

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Disease Associations With MGUS--Mayo Clinic study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar, Mayo Clinic hematologist, discusses the first systematic study to determine association of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS) with all diseases in 17,398 patients, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Team Completes Whole Human Genome Sequence on Patient with Blood Cancer

The concept of personalized medical treatment based on a patients DNA is one small step closer to becoming a reality. A Mayo Clinic Cancer Center team in Arizona recently completed its first whole human genome sequencing on a patient suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. In [...]

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Breast Cancer and Fitness

Paying attention to nutrition and maintaining a healthy body weight can be advantageous to breast cancer survivors in reducing their risk of cancer in the future. This advice comes from Donald W. Northfelt, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, and Associate Medical Director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In the [...]

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Survival Data for Patients Younger Than 60 With Primary Myleofibrosis--Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, Professor of Hematology and Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses the findings of the largest ever study with the most mature data currently available of patients with primary myelofibrosis younger than 60 years. These 176 patients were followed up for a median of 8 years [...]

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Updated mSMART consensus guidelines for myeloma--Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Dr. Shaji K Kumar, Associate Professor of Hematology and Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses updated Mayo Stratification of Myeloma and Risk-Adapted Therapy (mSMART) Consensus Guidelines. The identification of well-defined and reproducible prognostic factors and introduction of new therapies with unique modes of action and impact on disease [...]

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Not a Blood Donor? Mayo Expert Addresses Fears That Stop People from Giving

As few as 3 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do, and fear and anxiety are common reasons why many decline to give. U.S. hospitals are always in need of new donors; at Mayo Clinic, that need is heightened by concern about iron deficiency in frequent givers. Mayo [...]

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Surveillance Scans Add Little To Detecting Relapse Of Aggressive Lymphoma

Imaging scans following treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma do little to help detect a relapse, according to a Mayo Clinic study.The overwhelming majority of patients with this aggressive lymphoma already have symptoms, an abnormal physical exam or an abnormal blood test at the time of relapse. Lead author Carrie Thompson, [...]

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The ABCs of Hepatitis: Attention Baby Boomers!

The Centers for Disease Control is calling for all baby boomers to be checked out for hepatitis C. For reasons not entirely clear, Americans born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected. Hepatitis can linger in the body and cause damage to the liver as we age. Click [...]

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