Education

Raising sarcoma cancer awareness, leading to earlier and more accurate diagnosis, is a key to the work of Rein in Sarcoma. Increasing awareness will lead to a significant increase in sarcoma survivors.

Red Flags of Sarcoma Program

Knowledge is power. The Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign educates the public on the symptoms of sarcoma, with the goal of promoting early detection and ultimately saving lives. 

I had pain in the top of my foot that would come and go. The general doctor thought it was gout. An MRI revealed it was a malignant tumor. This was also the first time I heard about Ewings Sarcoma. We were lucky to catch the tumor in a timely manner.
Ewings Sarcoma survivor

Lumps, bumps and bruises: the red flags of sarcoma

Not all lumps, bumps and bruises are cancerous. However, sarcoma is best treated if diagnosed early. Be vigilant, seek help and ask questions.

Be alert to:

  • Any lump or bump:
    • that is deep, new or getting larger
    • that is 1-2 inches large (no larger than a golf ball)
    • anywhere in your body
    • whether or not it hurts (not all sarcomas are painful)
  • Pain
    • that is not explained by injury or excessive activity
    • that occurs at night
    • that persists when resting the sore area
    • that lasts more than one month

Be sure to seek medical attention if you or your child experiences:

  • More pain than is expected from an incident.
  • Pain that doesn’t go away despite treatment.
  • Any areas on the body that should be the same on both sides, but are not.
  • Discomfort when moving an arm or leg.
  • A lump or bump that is growing, and may or may not be painful.

Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars Program

The Jan Maudlin Scholars Program awards annual scholarships for medical students at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic medical schools to support Rein in Sarcoma’s goal of educating the medical community and public about sarcoma cancers. Thanks to the generosity of Jan and Tim Maudlin, each year new scholarships are granted to three University of Minnesota and two Mayo second or third year medical students.

2019-2020 Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars

During the year, the scholars participate in weekly sarcoma conferences, research projects, and clinical opportunities. The scholars partner with the RIS Red Flags Education Committee and Medical Advisory Board to play an integral part in the educational effort of Rein in Sarcoma to raise awareness of sarcoma cancers. The scholars organize sarcoma lectures for fellow medical students, as well as becoming actively involved in educational activities geared toward the larger medical community and the general public.

Alex Nelson 2021-2022 Sarcoma Scholar

Alex Nelson

UMN Medical School

Christopher Seaver - 2021-2022 Sarcoma Scholar

Christopher Seaver

UMN Medical School

Kirsten Snook 2021-2022 Sarcoma Scholar

Kirsten Snook

UMN Medical School

Caroline Doherty - 2021-2022 Sarcoma Scholar

Caroline Doherty

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Walker Schmidt 2021-2022 Sarcoma Scholar

Walker Schmidt

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Guy Guenthner

UMN Medical School

Kristine Nachbor

UMN Medical School

David Supinski

UMN Medical School

Siven Chinniah

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Xander Schmidt

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

M. Ryan Claxton

Mayo Medical School

Jake Kloeber

Mayo Medical School

Regina Martinez

UMN Medical School

Nicholas Reiners

UMN Medical School

June Zolfaghari

UMN Medical School

Colleen Bell

UMN Medical School

Mylan Blomquist

Mayo Medical School

Alexander Kuehn

UMN Medical School

Kyle Lau

UMN Medical School

Taylor Weiskittel

Mayo Medical School

Madison Weg

UMN Medical School

Allison Martin

UMN Medical School

Andrew Hughes

UMN Medical School

Ying Gibbens

UMN Medical School

Claire Cambron

Mayo Medical School

Tessa St. Cyr

Mayo Medical School

Robert Gao

UMN Medical School

Melissa White

UMN Medical School

Aubrey Thyen

UMN Medical School

Ashley Paquin

Mayo Medical School

Nazanin Yeganeh Kazemi

Mayo Medical School

Kathryn Thibert

UMN Medical School

Susan Sun

UMN Medical School

Brendan Coutu

UMN Medical School

Margaret Cupit

Mayo Medical School

Justin Maroun

Mayo Medical School

Jacob Eide

UMN Medical School

Sarah Parker

UMN Medical School

Katherine Holten

UMN Medical School

Amber Retzlaff

UMN Medical School

Phillip Thomas

UMN Medical School

Phillip Sun

UMN Medical School

Croix Fossum

Mayo Medical School

William Breen

Mayo Medical School

Allysa Larish

UMN Medical School

Gina Piscitello

UMN Medical School

Jacob Sundberg

UMN Medical School

James Stokman

UMN Medical School

Tori Bahr

UMN Medical School

Kathryn Theisen

UMN Medical School

James Regan

UMN Medical School

Maura Scanlon

UMN Medical School

Brian Febbo

UMN Medical School

Mark McCarthy

UMN Medical School

Brad Stish

UMN Medical School

Medical School Education

One of the ways we are raising awareness in the medical community is through lectures and presentations, as well as sharing resources with students pursuing careers in the medical field. Sarcoma experts present sarcoma basics and treatment overviews, while sarcoma survivors share their stories, to students during class lectures. 

Dr. Christian Ogilvie during a lecture about sarcomas at the UMN Medical School

Accompanying print materials, including additional education resources and course objectives are available by contacting Rein in Sarcoma at (763) 205-1467 or by emailing us at admin@reininsarcoma.org

To request a talk by a sarcoma professional, please follow the link below

For Medical Professionals

Rein in Sarcoma recognizes the importance of raising awareness and providing sarcoma education to medical professionals so early and accurate diagnoses can happen. We provide health care professionals with comprehensive information, research, and resources about sarcoma. Our resources are intended to introduce those who may be the first to see a patient to the warning signs and proper next steps.

Dr. Emily Greengard, Pediatric Oncologist at the Masonic Children’s Hospital, and sarcoma survivor Sarina Morrison engage in warm and educational conversation about sarcomas.

Resources:

Explore the About sarcoma, Support, and Research sections of our website to find sarcoma, resources, current research and more.

RIS Sarcoma Patient Guidebook

A resource for newly-diagnosed sarcoma patients and their caregivers.

Red Flags of Sarcoma brochure

An educational resource for medical professionals and the general public.

Click here to order a printed copy of the Red Flags brochure

https://www.reininsarcoma.org/index.php/2021/07/12/2021-progress-and-promise/