Melanoma Monday is still a thing!

As we watch our new normal evolve, we must, in the midst of this chaos, remember to take control of our own personal health and wellbeing. Something so vital cannot get lost in this coronavirus madness. The first Monday of May we have always promoted ‘Melanoma Monday’ – a conscious reminder to take care of…

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Hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice care

Confused? The terms “palliative care” and “hospice care” are often used interchangeably when, in fact, they are not the same thing. Each has a different focus but they both share the same goal: bring comfort and relief to the patient and family. Palliative care: comfort care for illness This type of care uses an interdisciplinary…

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Celebrating ten years of breast cancer survivors

On Saturday, October 6th, almost 200 Hennepin Healthcare breast cancer patients, their friends and families and volunteers from the Comprehensive Cancer Center came together for the 10th annual Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration. Every year our clinic staff recognize women and men for their strength and commitment to fight and heal from breast cancer. We held the…

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Jet ski accident leads to unexpected diagnosis

Ricardo Ortiz went jet skiing with his family. It was a sunny summer day. He had an accident and later received an unexpected diagnosis.

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When you’re not ready for hospice: the IMPACT care model

IMPACT is a Medicare model utilized at Hospice of the Twin Cities that provides support and care coordination for terminally-ill patients.

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Get your spots checked

Melanoma, one of the least common forms of skin cancer, can be deadly. Limiting exposure to the sun reduces the risk.

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Advance care planning: let your voice be heard

In the mid-90s, my team and I sought to create “living wills” that would document vets’ choices about specific life-sustaining treatments.

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