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EarlyBirdEarly Bird Registration is Now Open for Hope in Motion on June 4, 2017. Register in January for a Special Rate!

Joins us at Lake Phalen to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4, and raise funds for Angel Foundation at the 4th Annual Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk presented by Minnesota Oncology.

We are excited to have Sunday Burquest, breast cancer survivor, Minnesota Oncology patient, and one of the final contestants on the recent season of Survivor: Millenials vs. Gen X reality TV show on CBS.

Watch Sunday's Facebook Live video about Hope in Motion 2017 here (or click on the image below).

Register here for the January Hope in Motion discount:

Read about Hope in Motion 2016 here.

Follow Hope in Motion on Facebook here.
BodyWeightBody Weight and Cancer Risk

A New Year brings New Year's resolutions. Promoting weight loss is a goal for many people. Creating a "Why" you want to lose weight is very beneficial in achieving and maintaining weight loss. One significant "Why" is to decrease your chances of a cancer diagnosis or to try to prevent a cancer recurrence.  The American Institute for Cancer (AICR) has linked obesity to eleven cancer diagnoses: (1)
  • Esophageal
  • Pancreas
  • Colon and Rectum
  • Endometrium
  • Kidney
  • Postmenopausal Breast
  • Gallbladder
  • Ovarian
  • Liver
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer
  • Stomach
The AICR recommends maintaining a healthy weight throughout life to reduce your chances of being diagnosed with cancer. AICR estimates that 358,000 cancer diagnoses could be prevented in the US each year, if people were to eat a healthy diet, be physically active every day, maintain a healthy weight and limit alcohol. AICR estimates that 351 cancer diagnoses each day could be prevented if everyone were to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Maintaining a healthy weight is the most important lifestyle factor to reduce cancer risk, besides not smoking. (2) For those already overweight, evidence appears to suggest that intentional weight loss can have a cancer preventative effect. (3)

During cancer survivorship, evidence suggests that being overweight or obese increases the risk of cancer recurrence after treatment. Being overweight or obese might also decrease the chance of survival for many cancers. (4)

Many people do not realize that fat mass is actually active tissue. Fat cells produce estrogen, which promotes cell growth. Fat cells also produce a variety of proteins that can cause inflammation and insulin resistance. This process promotes cell growth and reproduction. The more often cells divide, the more chances there are for cancer to develop. Abdominal fat is even more active, so those that are more "apple shaped" (carry more weight around the abdomen) have higher levels of these substances that can stimulate cell division verses those that are "pear shaped" (carry more weight around the hips with a narrower waist). (5)

71% of American adults are overweight or obese. (6) How do you know if you're at an ideal body weight? The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight and will let you know if your weight is ideal. The goal is to have a normal BMI. (7)
  • BMI of less than 18.5 - Underweight
  • BMI of 18.5 - 25 - Normal
  • BMI of 25-30 - Overweight
  • BMI of >30 Obese
The New Year is a perfect time to take action if you are overweight or obese.  A combination of increasing physical activity/burning calories and consuming fewer calories orally, in the amount of 500-1000 calories/day can result in 1-2 pounds weight loss per week. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose 1 pound. To lose weight, you must take is less calories than your body needs. Weight loss at a rate of 1-2 pounds per week is recommended. Evidence shows that weight loss at this rate is more successful. (8)

What are some steps in achieving weight loss?  Read more.
DrEmaniDr. Madhu Emani Joins Minnesota Oncology

Madhu Emani, MD
Minnesota Oncology is pleased to announce the association of  Madhu Emani, MD, with the practice of Medical Oncology and Hematology at our  Edina Clinic beginning January 2, 2017.

"I strive to provide evidence-based high quality care to all my patients," Dr. Emani says. "I empower my patients with information needed to make meaningful and informed choices while I guide them every step of the way though their journey."
Dr. Emani received his medical degree from Sri Siddhartha Medical College in Tumkur, India. He completed an internship at St. Martha's Hospital & Sri Siddhartha Medical College in India and residencies in internal medicine at University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida and at Manipal University in India. He completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Emani is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology. His areas of special interest are colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and lymphomas. His presented his retrospective clinical study titled "Outcome data for patients with colorectal cancer treated with adjuvant chemotherapy at a single academic institution" at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in 2014. He has also recently published case studies in the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice and Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Emani recently relocated to Minnesota from Florida where he practiced oncology and hematology at Florida Cancer Affiliates. "My life revolves around my beautiful wife and daughter," Dr. Emani says. "I enjoy photography and traveling and hope to experience different customs and cultures around the world." 
Appointments with Dr. Emani can be made by calling our Edina Clinic at 952-928-2900.
NewAPPsMN Oncology Welcomes New Advanced Practice Providers

Minnesota Oncology recently welcomed two new Advanced Practice Providers. Katrina Jackson, RN, MSN joined our Maplewood Cancer Center team, and Kathleen Sahli, PA-C joined our Coon Rapids Clinic Team.

Katrina Jackson, RN, MSN
Katrina Jackson, RN, MSN, has more than 7 years of oncology and hematology experience, most recently treating patients at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Cincinatti, Ohio, where she received the Karmanos Starfish Award in recognition of exceptional customer service skills to fellow employees, patients, and their family members. She has several years of experience caring for patients in a hospital setting as well. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinatti. 

"I truly believe it is a privilege to work with our patient population," Jackson says. "I take time to listen to my patients' needs and wishes and focus on treating both them and their families with a holistic approach to encompass both their physical and emotional needs."

Originally from Wisconsin, Jackson and her husband recently relocated to the Twin Cities area from Michigan to be closer to family. "I enjoy exploring the outdoors with our two young girls and our Chocolate lab, Roscoe," she says. "I also enjoy running and baking."

Kathleen Sahli, PA-C
Kathleen Sahli, PA-C , received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a Chemistry minor from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She receieved her Master of Science Physician Assistant from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. 

Sahli is member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants and is a Bethel University Physician Assistant Advisory Board Member.

"My philosophy of care is treating each person individually as a whole body, mind, and spirit," Sahli says. "I am a firm believer in patient education and empowering them to be actively involved in their medical care. It is important to me to provide compassionate and evidence based care. I hope to be by my patient's side every step of the way as they go through their cancer care journey."

Sahli and her husband are both Minnesota natives. "We love to be outside hiking and exploring," she says. "We also enjoy spending time with our animals riding our horses and playing with our dog."

Advanced Practice Providers at Minnesota Oncology
Advanced Practice Providers at Minnesota Oncology

Minnesota Oncology is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of Angel Gala 2017! Please join Angel Foundation as they celebrate their 15th Anniversary Gala on January 28, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Angel Foundation's signature event, Angel Gala, gathers old and new friends of the foundation for an incredible evening of hope, survivorship and support for adults with cancer and their families. Beginning with a one-of-a-kind silent auction, several fundraising games (including our signature Punchboard!), a three course dinner, live auction, program and fund-a-need giving opportunity, this beautiful evening is one you won't want to miss. Stick around after the program ends to groove to the sounds of  Boogie Wonderland, back for another year by popular demand!

6:00 p.m. - Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. - Dinner, Live Auction, Program, and Fund-A-Need
9:30 p.m. - After Party Dancing to Boogie Wonderland

Registration for Angel Gala 2017 closes on Friday, January 20! Get your tickets today: