University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health Services Propel Cancer Care Forward with Digital Medicine
University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health Services specialists are pioneering the use of digital medicine in oncology, giving patients more control over the common oral chemotherapy process and their medical caregivers deeper insight into patients’ health and compliance with treatment — all for the sake of improving outcomes.
Nobody wants to hear they have cancer — not the teenager who expects to make the varsity softball team as a freshman, the PhD candidate preparing to defend his dissertation, the young physician who lives next door or the grandmother who lives down the street.
University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care locations now offer access to two recently approved autologous immunotherapies for patients with refractory or recurring acute lymphoblastic leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
Q: I have a patient who was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma on the hard palate. He was told that surgical removal of the tumor will involve his hard palate and several teeth. How will he be able to speak, eat and swallow after the removal of this tumor?
Colorectal cancer is the No. 2 killer cancer in Minnesota. While screening is proven to reduce mortality, statewide screening rates for colorectal cancer stood at 64 percent in 2011, according to MN Community Measurement.