Rein in Sarcoma will reach over 10,000 medical professionals to promote sarcoma awareness through our upcoming feature article in Minnesota Medicine, the journal of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA). The MMA, established over a century ago, is a non-profit professional organization representing physicians, residents and medical students. Minnesota Medicine provides readers with credible, up-to-date information affecting medical practice in Minnesota and is distributed to over 10,000 MMA members six times a year in both print and online formats.
Dr. Elsa Keeler, a pediatrician with HealthPartners, and volunteer freelance writer, Nikki L. Miller, wrote the article to speak directly to MMA members about the rare cancer and facilitate early detection by primary care doctors. “Partnering with the MMA in this way not only raises awareness about rare cancers, it also provides practical information for primary care doctors across our state to act on potential ‘red flags’ of sarcoma,” says Dr. Keeler.
Readers of Minnesota Medicine will learn that sarcomas are often misdiagnosed because they mimic common benign tumors and lesions, and that a “wait and see” approach can lead to misdiagnosis and unnecessary delays in treatment. Signs of sarcoma, as well as proper protocol for handling potential sarcomas, are discussed along with emerging treatment options and advances in technology. Patient stories are featured throughout the article to illustrate common sarcoma cancer scenarios that physicians may face.
The article also introduces Rein in Sarcoma and the resources we offer to the medical community, such as the Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars program, annual research symposium, and research funding at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Children’s Minnesota. Readers will also be directed to patient resources such as the Rein in Sarcoma Patient Starter Notebook and our many forms of patient and family support.
Armed with this information, MMA members will be primed to proactively identify sarcomas and change the sarcoma story from “I never heard of it” to “We caught it early.” Look for the article in the July/August issue of Minnesota Medicine at: https://www.mnmed.org/news-and-publications/mn-medicine-magazine. We will also post links to the published article on our social media sites.
Many thanks to Linda Picone, editor of Minnesota Medicine, and the Minnesota Medical Association for their partnership and interest in promoting sarcoma awareness among their membership.
The 20th annual Party in the Park on Monday July 27th will be a virtual event. We will gather and interact as a community online, to celebrate 20 years of sarcoma education, research and patient support.
Watch for updates on how to connect on July 27th and how to participate in advance by sending photos of sunflowers, previous Party in the Park/ Sarcoma Family Picnic events, and luminaries.
Stay tuned for more information!
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” Theodore Roosevelt
Regina Martinez Lorenzo is a third year medical student at the University of Minnesota and a current Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholar. She has a Master’s degree in epidemiology and is interested in global/public health issues, as well as surgical oncology.
Regina first heard about the Rein in Sarcoma scholarship program during a UMN lunch presentation given by two previous scholars. She felt that the mission of the program, spreading awareness and education of sarcoma cancers, lends itself well to her chosen medical disciplines.