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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              October 2015
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ChemoliciousEnter to Win Signed Copies of Minnesota Oncology Patient and Breast Cancer Survivor's Guide for Cancer Patients
Teri Mascotti (center) shares copies of her newly published book, Chemolicious, with members of her care team from Minnesota Oncology's Maplewood Cancer Cancer, Stephanie Neitz, PA-C (left) and Andrzej Petryk, MD (right).

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off, a Minnesota Oncology patient and breast cancer survivor has released her self-published book to help patients navigate the non-medical aspects of their cancer journeys. Authored by Minnesota resident Terese Mascotti,Chemolicious: Getting to Your Best Self, is an honest - and sometimes humorous - compilation of stories that share the good, bad and ugly of living with breast cancer.
RisingStarsFive Minnesota Oncology Physicians Named Rising Stars by Mpls-St. Paul Magazine

Five Minnesota Oncology doctors are physicians to watch, according to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

In the October issue, the magazine released the inaugural edition of Twin Cities' Top Doctors-Rising Stars, which recognizes five Minnesota Oncology physicians. To be selected for inclusion the list, the doctors must have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each physician named to the list was chosen by their peers in the field.

Congratulations to the following Rising Stars:

Purvi Gada, MD  -  Chaska Clinic
Medical Oncology/Hematology 

Matthew Graczyk, MD - Minneapolis Clinic
Thoracic Oncology/Surgery

Nisha Jacobs, MD -  Coon Rapids Clinic

Kiran Lassi, MD - Plymouth WestHealth Clinic
Medical Oncology/Hematology

Rajini Katipamula-Malisetti, MD - Coon Rapids Clinic
Medical Oncology/Hematology
NewAPPsMN Oncology Welcomes New Advanced Practice Providers

Two new Advanced Practice Providers recently joined the Minnesota Oncology team:

Stephanie Johnson, PA-C, joined our Minneapolis Clinic last month. Her areas of special interest are lung cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia. "Each day brings different challenges in healthcare," Johnson says. "Focusing on the needs and concerns of the patient is priority. Understanding that one will never know everything but can always learn something new has made me the provider I am today."

Bruce Anderson, RN, RNCS, CNP, is a new palliative care specialist at Minnesota Oncology. He will be working with patients at our Burnsville, Edina, Maplewood Cancer Center, and Woodbury locations. "It is a great privilege to be in a position to help people during a difficult time in their lives," Anderson says. "Illness and recovery are very personal and significant events, and being allowed to share in those times is an honor."
PharmacyNew Pharmacy Manager Joins Minnesota Oncology

Minnesota Oncology is pleased to welcome Brian Meger, Pharm. D., as the new manager of Minnesota Oncology's pharmacy services, including the full-service on-site pharmacy at the Maplewood Cancer Center.

Meger brings a retail pharmacy background to Minnesota Oncology, having spent his career as a pharmacy manager for Cub Foods and Walgreens. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota - Duluth.

"I am looking forward to the new challenges that this job is going to bring," Meger said. "The field of oncology is constantly changing" he explained. "There are always new drugs and therapies coming out." Read more.
BaileyDr. Cheryl Bailey Featured in Star Tribune Article

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that half of women with ovarian cancer who would be ideal candidates for intraperitoneal chemotherapy, chemotherapy which is injected d irectly into the abdomen, actually received it at 26 of the nation's most prestigious cancer centers.

Minnesota Oncology's Dr. Cheryl Bailey explains the benefits and risks of abdominal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer patients in a recent Star Tribune article.  Read the article.
BurnsvilleMeet the Burnsville Clinic Providers


Meet Dr. Matthew Gall, medical oncologist and hematologist at our Burnsville and Chaska Clinic. Watch all of Burnsville Clinic provider videos here.