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The latest issue of Masonic Cancer Center News is now available in print and online.

 
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When scientists talk about "environmental" causes of cancer, they don't mean that carcinogens lurk in every tree and stream. They're referring to anything that enters or interacts with the human body--sunshine, food, water, alcohol, radiation, cigarette smoke--and examining them for their potential to cause renegade cell growth. And as they now know, environmental factors are linked to as many as two out of every three cancers diagnosed.

 
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In December the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved final agreements among the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services (now operating together as University of Minnesota Health) for a new academic outpatient clinic.

 
Jill Siegfried, M.D., is associate director of the Translational Research program for the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Why does it take so long for promising cancer drugs to move out of the lab and into doctors' offices where patients can benefit? Jill Siegfried, M.D., explains how Masonic Cancer Center scientists are working to speed up research projects showing the most potential.

 
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Brad Hoyt fell in love with racing as a boy when his father took him to see the movie "Grand Prix." So when he found himself the winner at the finish line of the premier Historic Grand Prix of Monaco in 2008--in a 1969 Formula One Ferrari similar to the one in the movie--he had to pinch himself. After returning home to Minnesota, all Hoyt wanted to do was get back to Monaco and win again. But a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in April 2011 threatened that plan--and his life.

 
Hinda Litman brings a smile, fresh flowers, and a selection of treats every week to patients visiting the Masonic Cancer Clinic. (Photo: Scott Streble)

At 78, volunteer Hinda Litman now has a shock of snow-white hair but retains the same joyful energy she brought to University of Minnesota hospitals more than 35 years ago, when she first volunteered as a patient visitor. Since then, she's worked in the surgery lounge, with hospice patients, and now in the Masonic Cancer Clinic--wherever there has been a patient in need, Litman has shown up.

 
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Since scientists now know that between 5 and 10 percent of all cancers are caused by abnormal genes inherited from a parent--often called hereditary cancers--Masonic Cancer Center researchers and clinicians are increasingly focused on making sure that patients understand their family history to minimize their cancer risk.

 
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The University of Minnesota revealed another 280,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space on June 14 at a grand opening celebration for its Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building.

 
Reuben Harris, Ph.D., identified a protein that appears to be a driver for more than half of breast cancers. Now he's investigating the protein's rol in other types of cancer as well. (Photo: Scott Streble)

"Mutant variants of human cells": the phrase conjures up images of a bad sci-fi movie. But Reuben Harris, Ph.D., has been studying cell mutations for more than 20 years, and his recent finding is more akin to an Oscar-winning blockbuster. So remarkable is his work that the prestigious journal Nature in February published his discovery that a protein that occurs naturally in the body appears to be a driver for more than half of breast cancers he studied. This breakthrough could lead to new diagnostic tools and, potentially, new treatments for breast cancer.

 
Anne Blaes, M.D.

Pat Rudolph had never pegged herself as the meditation type. Yet here she was in a weekly, two-hour mindfulness meditation course with a dozen strangers.

 
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