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With more than 100 cancer care providers, Minnesota Oncology offers access to the latest evidence-based treatment paths, 12 close-to-home locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, and comprehensive services to support the whole person. In this podcast, experts from Minnesota Oncology and our community of care discuss the latest topics in oncology treatments, research, support, caregiving, and more. Treating cancer takes a community. Welcome to ours. Visit: https://mnoncology.com read less

Lung Cancer Screening - Meghan Lawless Keim PA-C - Courtney Dockter PA-C - Mn Oncology
06-11-2020
Lung Cancer Screening - Meghan Lawless Keim PA-C - Courtney Dockter PA-C - Mn Oncology
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year over 228,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 135,000 people will die from it, making it the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and while it is a very deadly disease, at-risk people have a greater chance of increasing their survival rate by getting a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) before symptoms begin. According to the American Cancer Society, LDCT scans help find abnormal areas in the lungs that may be cancer, and since a majority of the time lung cancer symptoms are not present until the disease is at an advanced stage, early detection can make a huge difference.  In this episode, thoracic oncology specialists Meghan Lawless Keim, PA-C and Courtney Dockter, PA-C, explain who is eligible for lung cancer screening and how the process works. Many times, those who are high risk for lung cancer are hesitant to have a screening, saying ‘why would I want to know I have lung cancer?’ But if found early, Stage 1 lung cancer is cured 85% of the time with surgery alone, or combined with high dose radiation. Additionally, lung cancer screenings are covered by Medicare and many private health insurance plans. People who meet the criteria and are interested in a LDCT scan can learn more by contacting Minnesota Oncology’s Edina Clinic at (952) 928-2920 or Minneapolis Clinic at (952) 928-2926 or by visiting ©MMXX Minnesota Oncology - All Rights Reserved
Blood Problems During Pregnancy - Dr. Uzma Ali - Mn Oncology
30-10-2020
Blood Problems During Pregnancy - Dr. Uzma Ali - Mn Oncology
Many women experience blood problems during pregnancy, including iron deficiency (or anemia). Iron is an essential for anyone, but it is really critical during pregnancy.  Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which is a substance in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs throughout your body. During pregnancy your blood volume increases by 50 percent, which requires a lot of iron.  When you are not replacing iron as quickly as your body is using it, you end up with a deficiency. If you are deficient in iron during pregnancy, it can cause premature labor or low birth weight, and impaired cognitive and behavioral development. In this episode, Dr. Uzma Ali talks about iron deficiency and other blood problems that can happen during pregnancy. Often, pregnant women are referred to a hematologist to diagnose and manage any blood problems. Being referring to an oncology/hematology clinic can be intimidating and cause additional anxiety for pregnancy women. Dr. Ali, a board certified oncologist and hematologist at Minnesota Oncology’s Fridley Clinic, explains how hematologists can help pregnant women have a safer and more comfortable pregnancy. She also shares her tips for increasing iron levels before and during pregnancy. With more than 100 cancer care providers, Minnesota Oncology offers access to the latest evidence-based treatment paths, 12 close-to-home locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, and comprehensive services to support the whole person. In this podcast, experts from Minnesota Oncology and our community of care discuss the latest topics in oncology treatments, research, support, caregiving, and more. Treating cancer takes a community. Welcome to ours. Find out more at MnOncology.com
Angel Foundation President - Dave Becker - Mn Oncology
11-09-2020
Angel Foundation President - Dave Becker - Mn Oncology
Angel Foundation is a Twin Cities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide support to local adults with cancer and their families. For nearly twenty years, their programs have helped families facing cancer find more everyday moments of joy. Angel Foundation Mission Through an innovative and integrated approach of financial assistance, education and support, Angel Foundation helps adults with cancer and their families so that they may live life well with stability, strength and resilience. Angel Foundation Programs The Emergency Financial Assistance program provides financial support to adults in active treatment for cancer, living in or treated in the seven-county Twin Cities area. This program assists with non-medical basic needs such as groceries, gas, utilities and housing payments. The Facing Cancer Together program gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to parent through cancer. Kid-friendly activities provide education, emotional support and social experiences for the entire family. Since 2001, showing a proven approach to addressing critical issues, Angel Foundation has distributed more than $9 million in emergency financial assistance and provided nearly 30,000 program services to local adults with cancer and their families.  With more than 100 cancer care providers, Minnesota Oncology offers access to the latest evidence-based treatment paths, 12 close-to-home locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, and comprehensive services to support the whole person. In each podcast, experts from Minnesota Oncology and their community of care discuss the latest topics in oncology treatments, research, support, caregiving, and more. Treating cancer takes a community. Welcome to ours. Visit: