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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                             June/July 2016
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Support Groups

7/25: Rein in Sarcoma Party in the Park

8/13: A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk

8/13: Miles for Melanoma

8/14: Get Your Rear in Gear and Tour de Tush

8/14: Fillies for Hope
TopDocs2016Twenty Minnesota Oncology Physicians Named 2016 Top Doctors by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
Minnesota Oncology is proud to announce that 20 of our physicians representing all 11 of our clinic locations have been named "Top Doctors" this year by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. This list represents one third of our physicians, most of whom are honored on other local lists such as Top Physicians for Women, Rising Stars, and Best Doctors. Four of the 20 physicians from Minnesota Oncology - Dr. Ellen Bellairs, Dr. Purvi Gada, Dr. David King, and Dr. Noel Laudi - were named to the Top Doctor list for the first time this year.

Read more about the list and selection process here.

Below is a complete list of Minnesota Oncology physicians recognized by  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in the July 2016 issue

Clinic Location(s)
2016 "Top Doctor" Category
Years Named 
Mpls. St. Paul
Magazine Top Doctor
Thomas Amatruda, MD Fridley Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 
2013, 2012
Cheryl Bailey, MD Minneapolis Gynecologic Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Ellen Bellairs, MD St. Paul, Maplewood Radiation Oncology 2016, 
Stuart Bloom, MD Minneapolis, Plymouth Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Barbara Bowers, MD Recently Retired Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
A. Catherine Casey, MD Edina, Woodbury Gynecologic Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Patrick J. Flynn, MD Woodbury, Northfield Hematology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Thomas Flynn, MD Recently Retired Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Purvi Gada, MD Chaska Hematology 2016
David King, MD Fridley Oncology 2016
Tim Larson, MD Minneapolis Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Noel Laudi, MD Coon Rapids Hematology 2016
Joseph Leach, MD Minneapolis Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Warren McGuire, MD Maplewood Radiation Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Steven Rousey, MD Edina, Waconia Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
John Schwerkoske, MD Woodbury Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
John Seng, MD Minneapolis Hematology, Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Annie Tan, MD Coon Rapids Gynecologic Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014
Eric Weinshel, MD Burnsville, Edina Oncology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
Paul Zander, MD Minneapolis, Plymouth Hematology 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

DrTsaiChemoBrainDr. Michaela Tsai Explains the Reality of "Chemo Brain"

Minnesota Oncology physician Dr. Michaela Tsai recently wrote about "chemo brain" in Minnesota Healthcare News. "For many years, there has been an increasing awareness and concern regarding the phenomenon of 'chemo brain,' which describes the difficulty with thinking and memory that some patients experience after cancer treatment." Read more
PatientStoryMinnesota Oncology Patient Story: Bruce Mayer

In April 2003, Bruce Mayer was diagnosed with Stage 2 Bladder Cancer. Bruce underwent surgery to completely remove his bladder to be replaced with a Neobladder. This process of removing his cancerous bladder was a success and left him cancer-free.

However three years later in July of 2006, Bruce learned that his cancer had returned and had metastasized into a lymph node in his chest, along with six lymph nodes near his kidney. After learning of these new cancerous tumors, Mayer was introduced to Minnesota Oncology's Dr. David King at our Fridley Clinic. The bladder cancer had returned and was diagnosed as Stage 4.

"Dr. King assured me that I was not a statistic. I was his patient- and together we could beat this." Read more.
PayingitForwardPaying it Forward

Jodi Snyder and her daughter
We often receive donations at our clinics from community members. Recently, North Metro resident  Jodi Snyder, a consultant for Thirty-One bags/totes, visited our Coon Rapids clinic donate about a dozen bags for Minnesota Oncology patients. 

Jodi's clients purchased the bags to donate, and then she used her profits from the bags to use to fill them. Jodi said she wanted to "pay it forward" for a friend who received care from Minnesota Oncology as well as for all those dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their lives.

The bags were stocked with a very cutely decorated stocking hat, a throw, socks, books, a notebook and pens, treats, and more.
HopeinMotion2016RecapHundreds Celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day at Hope In Motion 2016

Hope in Motion 2016 Highlights
Hope in Motion 2016 Highlights

More than 700 cancer survivors and their families, friends, caretakers, and healthcare professionals participated in the third annual Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk on Sunday, June 5, to celebrate life with fellow survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and remember those we have lost. Held annually on National Cancer Survivors Day, the event provides an opportunity to celebrate life with fellow survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and remember those we have lost. The event honors survivors of all types of cancers, at all stages of the cancer journey - whether they were diagnosed recently or have been cancer free for decades. Read more.
MarchofDimesOutstandingNurseAWardsRecognize and Nominate an Outstanding Nurse
Minnesota Oncology is fortunate to have so many knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurses in the organization. It's time to recognize them for the work they do.

The March of Dimes has been hosting  a Nurse of the Year Awards for several years and this year has added an Oncology Nursing recognition category. Compassion for patients, leadership in quality and patient safety and a role model in the health care setting are just a few of the qualities that describe great nurses. Honor your colleagues by nominating them for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards.  Nominations are due by July 15th, 2016.  Learn more and nominate:
PalliativeCAre2Palliative Care:  It's Probably Not What You Think it is....
When most people hear the word "Palliative Care" they associate it with hospice, but that is not correct.  Palliative Care is a service to help patients and families live better by treating symptoms and addressing patient and family concerns.  Palliative Care is provided at any stage of a patient's illness, whereas hospice services only apply when the patient's status is severe enough that death could occur within six months. Read more.
LisaThelemannMN Oncology Social Worker Lisa Thelemann to Present at Gilda's Club Twin CIties on July 27

Date: Wednesday, July 27 

Time: 4:30-5:30pm 

Cost: FREE! 

RSVP: Program or 612-227-2147 

Location: GCTC Clubhouse 10560 Wayzata Boulevard Minnetonka, MN 55305 (From 394 go North on Hopkins Crossroads; then right on North Frontage road-Wayzata Blvd) 

Workshop description: There are countless resources available to you after a cancer diagnosis but how do you access them? This educational session will introduce people living with cancer and their caregivers to useful resources available during cancer treatment. Participants will leave knowing:
  • Financial assistance programs for cancer patients: national and local grants to help with medical and daily living expenses
  • Day to day help with transportation, meals, cleaning resources, chore services, mastectomy and hair loss products
  • Where to turn for emotional support including other support groups in the metro area, online support and mentor-ship programs
  • Trustworthy websites to obtain reliable and factual cancer related information
AngelsEagles Join us at the Angels & Eagles Golf Classic on 7/25

Minnesota Oncology is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Angel Foundation's Angels & Eagles Golf Classic, slated to take place on July 25 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club. This all day event includes a golf clinic, BBQ lunch, noon shotgun, silent and live auctions, dinner and program! Come and join us for the whole day, or just for the evening's festivities: just $50 will get you into the evening program. If you're interested in learning more about this event, please visit our Angels & Eagles webpage.
MNOintheCommunityMinnesota Oncology in the Community

Thank you to all of the Minnesota Oncology employees who volunteer throughout the year at local events to support cancer survivors! Here are some events we sponsored and supported in June 2016.

Lymphomathon - June 4, 2016


Relay for Life of South Washington County - June 10, 2016

ReininSarcomaMinnesota Oncology Sponsors Rein in Sarcoma Party in the Park on July 25, 2016

Over 1,500 people from the Upper Midwest are expected for this year's Rein in Sarcoma "Party In The Park ," a magical evening of hope and celebration at Como Park Cafesjian Carousel and Visitor Center in St. Paul.
The Party will include:
  • Continuous entertainment on two stages
  • An extraordinary Silent Auction, introducing mobile bidding and checkout
  • A wonderful Children's Arcade
  • Sarcoma Corner to learn about sarcoma cancers and honor the lives of sarcoma patents - in the new Como Park Centennial Garden
  • Unlimited free rides on the beautifully restored Cafesjian's Carousel
  •  A moving closing program at dusk.
Minnesota Oncology is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Party in the Park Program -  click here for the details and to get tickets!
ABreathofHopeVisit the Minnesota Oncology Booth at A Breath of Hope Lung Run on August 13, 2016

You won't want to miss the 10th Anniversary A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities on Saturday, August 13. Minnesota Oncology is pleased to once again sponsor  this event to raise awareness about lung cancer and raise money for drastically underfunded lung cancer research.

This event features a 5k walk or chip-timed, certified 5k run, Survivor Bus Tour, live music, t-shirts, a chance to honor your loved one, snacks, kids' activities, prizes for top fundraisers and race finishers, oncology updates, resources for lung cancer patients and families and the Rose Raft of Remembrance Ceremony.

Free t-shirts guaranteed for those who register before August 1st! To honor or remember your loved one and have their first and last name printed on the back of the t-shirt, register before Monday, August 1st.
This certified 5k course has been USATF certified for distance accuracy. The A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk: Twin Cities begins in the event village located at the Lake Harriet Bandshell and offers beautiful views of Lake Harriet as participants circle the lake. 

Learn more and register here.
Minnesota Oncology Sponsors Miles for Melanoma on Saturday, August 13

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) invites you to Miles for Melanoma Twin Cities Presented by Bristol-Myers Squibb Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Lake Phalen! 

Last year, the Miles for Melanoma national walks raised nearly $2 million for research, advocacy, and education. Join us this year and help make a difference!

WHO: You! Join us individually or create a team when you register. WHAT: A 5k run/walk that will allow participants to help raise funds to support research, education and advocacy for melanoma. WHERE: Lake Phalen, 1600 Phalen Drive, St Paul, MN
WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Check-in and Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Competitive (Timed) Runners- $30 Non-Competitive (Untimed) Runners and Walkers- FREE


Register early to save! Early-bird registration ends on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. local time. Race day registration increases by $25 per person. Competitive runners will be $55 per person and non-competitive runners and walkers will be $25 per person. 
Credit cards and checks only - no cash will be taken due to security issues.

Learn more and register here.
GYRIGGet Your Rear in Gear and Tour de Tush 2016

Minnesota Oncology is proud to sponsor the 2016 Get Your Rear in Gear and Tour de Tush - Twin Cities, a 5K Run/Walk, Kids' Fun Run and Bike Ride to help raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Twin Cities-area. Money raised will stay in our community to encourage screening and education for the nation's No. 2 cancer killer. With your help, we can positively increase screening rates for this highly preventable cancer

What:  5k run/walk, 8 mile bike ride, and 25 mile bike ride. Same location. Same time.

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016

Where:  Staring Lake Park,  14800 Pioneer Trail,  Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Get details and register here.
FilliesforHopeHope Chest for Breast Cancer's Fillies for Hope on 8/14

On Sunday, August 14, Canterbury Park will be dressed in pink for the 6th Annual Fillies Race for Hope benefiting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. Minnesota Oncology is pleased to be a sponsor of this year's Fillies or Hope, a fun day for everyone celebrating life and hope.

Enjoy the excitement of the races, a delicious buffet, derby hats, Pinkest Couple Contest, a meet & greet with the founder of Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, and a special Salute to Survivors.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.