• By Joe Dangor

Metformin Use May Not Improve Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

April 21, 2015
AACR 2015 Dr. Chaiteerakij

Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, M.D., Ph.D.

PHILADELPHIA -- Use of the diabetes drug Metformin by patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma may not improve survival according to the results of a study performed at Mayo Clinic and presented today at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, in Philadelphia by Roongruedee Chaiteerakij, M.D., Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic.

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 the press release from the American Association for Cancer Research.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Dangor, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

 

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"Staff with direct patient contact receive training in connecting to patients with empathy. They also learn how to regain the trust and confidence of patients, through service recovery, when things go wrong".– We care providers can identify the need for specialized, empathetic patient care. Often, what lacks, is the time allowed to deliver it. With so much technical and documentation requirements to complete per visit, it can leave little time for true human interaction, in spite of our best efforts. An empathetic care provider often leaves work exhausted and depleted. And yet, returns to do it again the next day. You don't need training for that…you need recognition and empathy from your employer and proper time to deliver excellent patient care while supporting the care giver. Should reduce the need for "service recovery"

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@nicolermor

One important thing to remember is that the people who work here are also Mayo patients. They should receive the same superb patient care experience as anyone who doesn't work here.

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I agree. Sometimes knowing you're a patient and employee, you get treated differently and the needs of the patient don't always come first. I contacted Patient Experience nearly a year ago after a horrible experience and have yet to hear anything in return. However, a friend who isn't an employee, heard back within 2 days.

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@nicolermor

One important thing to remember is that the people who work here are also Mayo patients. They should receive the same superb patient care experience as anyone who doesn't work here.

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