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Introducing HealthTree for Multiple Myeloma Patients with Rafael Fonseca, MD, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Introducing HealthTree for Multiple Myeloma Patients with Rafael Fonseca, MD, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale image
HealthTree Podcast for Multiple Myeloma
event May 18, 2018 / 11:00AM MDT

Event Description

Rafael Fonseca, MD
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Interview Date: May 18, 2018

Dr. Rafael Fonseca joins Myeloma Crowd Radio to share a new tool for myeloma patients called HealthTree. HealthTree can help myeloma patients find and understand personally relevant treatment options that can then be taken to their doctor for an informed clinic visit. HealthTree allows patients to track key myeloma lab values that can also help patients connect with clinical trials they can qualify for. HealthTree enables patients to become part of the cure by answering ongoing myeloma researcher questions and sharing their anonymous data to help researchers identify trends for better care for us individually and collectively. HealthTree will provide reports based on the collective patient data that will inform both patients and researchers. Over time, patient participation in HealthTree can help accelerate research for myeloma experts while helping educate patients. 

Dr. Fonseca describes how over time, HealthTree could become the "Waze" app for myeloma care - identifying the best course of treatment for each patient's situation. 

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Thanks to our episode sponsor, Takeda Oncology

Schedule & Agenda

Dr. Rafael Fonseca & Jenny Ahlstrom

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Rafael Fonseca, MD
Rafael Fonseca, MD

Rafael Fonseca, MD, is the Getz Family Professor of Cancer, Professor of Medicine, interim Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director for Innovation and Transformational Relationships, and a consultant in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Fonseca’s practice has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of plasma cell disorders and leading the multiple myeloma team in its effort to understand the disease and its impact on patients. In his laboratory, Dr. Fonseca has led his team of researchers in concentrating on the genetic nature of the clonal cells of plasma cell disorders. He is also interested in myeloma bone disease, prognostic markers and development of new therapies. Throughout his training and career, Dr. Fonseca has received numerous awards and honors, including the Young Investigator Award in Hematology (Celgene – Achievement Awards for Clinical Research in Hematology), the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award, and the International Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Research Award. Most notably, he is a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator, the highest academic distinction given to investigators at his institution. Dr. Fonseca holds memberships and serves in positions for organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the International Myeloma Society. His research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute (R01, P01, SPORE), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund, for which he also serves as a clinical investigator. Dr. Fonseca serves as reviewer and in editorial capacities for medical publications including Blood, Lancet, Nature Medicine, Cancer Cell, Leukemia, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among others. He is a frequent reviewer of grants and sits on the SPORE grant review panel. He has given many national and international presentations as a visiting professor and has authored more than 300 articles, book chapters, editorials, abstracts, and letters.

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The panelist Jennifer Ahlstrom
Jennifer Ahlstrom

Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical research. Founder of the HealthTree Foundation.

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