• By McCray

Mayo Clinic Radio: Measles Virus vs. Cancer

November 25, 2014

On Saturday, November 29, at 9 a.m. CT, we’ll rebroadcast a conversation with two of our favorite guests this year - Stacy Erholtz and  Stephen Russell, M.D..  Stacy's been involved in groundbreaking research at Mayo Clinic led by Dr. Russell, which uses the measles virus to fight cancer. Stacy shares her story about receiving 10 million doses – a seemingly lethal amount – of the measles virus to treat her multiple myeloma. It's called oncolytic virotherapy, and Dr. Russell discusses the science behind virus therapy. He talks about where future research might be headed, are there other diseases that could be cured by using viruses and where did all those doses of measles vaccine come from?  Join us.

Miss the program?  Here's the podcast: MayoClinicRadio-FullShow-12-1-14 

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Now that's leadership!!! Whenever I hear Dr. Noseworthy speak, I think there couldn't be better representation to the world that speaks on behalf of all we do for patient care. Thank you sir! William, Will, Charlie, and Sr. Moes would be proud!!


I have a story to tell that relates to Dr. Noseworthy’s interview. I am sorry if this write-up is too long. I just could not get the message across in lesser number of words… I am an IT contractor. Yes, I have a “green badge”. I am working with Mayo Clinic’s technology leadership (Cris Ross, Randy Regimbal, et al) on a major technology investment for Mayo Clinic. We are upgrading the IT plumbing systems (or infrastructure) most of you use to connect to the Mayo network and devices. Just like the plumbing at home, this work is not “cool”, but is the part of the foundation of any house. While I work on this techie plumbing, I stay at a local hotel, where, among others, there are many hospital patients. I happen to run into one of these patients…literally. I was grabbing a chair at the restaurant and I saw her on her arm crutches, trying to sit. I tried to help and she frowned at me, telling me she did not need help from anyone. I obliged and walked back to my seat. Once she settled in perhaps her conscious caught up with her and she asked me to sit with her. She told me her story of how she got cancer and her husband left her for someone healthier. She did not want to bring her pre-teen kids with her because she wanted to bear this burden herself. All she had were the care givers at Mayo. As proud as she was, to not allow anyone to help her, she was in tears once she started talking about how generous and kind all her care givers were to her at Mayo. After telling me her heart breaking personal story, she gave me a hug. It was one of those hugs that you get after an emotional and touching conversation where you are almost in tears. Now, the question you may have is, how does that relate to the Dr. Noseworthy’s interview? Well, you see, this “green badge” sometimes gets so deep in the weeds of his work that I forget the bigger picture and why we are all together. The “uncool” techie plumbing work that I am helping Mayo with, is a cog in this big machinery called Mayo Clinic, that Dr. Noseworthy leads. That will enable the futuristic reverse classrooms at national level. And it si not just me. We all have our part to play in this machine. And I was reminded of the value of my work when one of the Mayo patients thanked and hugged me even tough I had no direct involvement in her care, and Dr Noseworthy's video showed what the future holds. I don’t believe I chose to work at Mayo. I believe Mayo chose me…..


@Atif Mir….Your story is a wonderful reminder of why we are truly here and that it takes all of us to make the caring for our patients, and their families, happen.


I hit the flag icon while attempting to adjust the sound or find the caption option. I was not sure if it triggered an unwanted response or how to undo it if it did. Any suggestions? Sincerely Mary (I was in the lower screen if that helps.)

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