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August 2016

Patient Care

Multidisciplinary teams are crucial in rectal cancer care
Despite improvements in preoperative tumor staging and outcomes, evaluation and management of locally advanced rectal cancer presents ongoing challenges for physicians and patients, highlighting the need for multidisciplinary teams.

Pediatric Care

Study tests fresh vs. frozen stool for pediatric FMT
Current Mayo Clinic protocols require that children undergoing fecal microbial transplant for recurrent C. difficile infection supply fresh, familial donor stool. A new study is evaluating whether frozen stool from anonymous screened donors is equally effective.

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Methylated gene biomarkers may open door to universal cancer screening
Methylated DNA may not only provide an affordable, noninvasive method for pancreatic cancer screening but also represent a first step toward a universal cancer screening test.

Aspirin linked to reduced cholangiocarcinoma risk
Building on a long history of aspirin research, Mayo investigators find an association between aspirin use and a significant reduction in the three subtypes of cholangiocarcinoma.

ACOSOG trial finds laparoscopic resection inferior to open surgery for rectal cancer

Despite positive results in other trials and against expectations, laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer did not prove equivalent to open resection in the 2015 ACOSOG trial.

See all Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Transform 2016
Sept. 14-16, 2016, in Rochester, Minn.
This annual conference is a catalyst that engages and inspires people to boldly create a sustainable future for health. A variety of innovative health care experts and outside-the-box thinkers address tough questions, connect a broad spectrum of perspectives and inspire change through action.

Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology & Hepatology Board Review 2016

Sept. 15-18, 2016, in Chicago
Designed for candidates preparing for certification or maintenance of certification (MOC) examinations in gastroenterology and hepatology, the board review includes relevant topics such as pathology, endoscopy, radiology and nutrition.

Mayo Clinic Gastroenterology and Hepatology Update 2016
Oct. 1, 2016, in Phoenix
This course provides the latest information on the diagnosis and management of disorders such as achalasia, pelvic floor dysfunction, C. difficile colitis, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and hepatitis C.

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