Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Type 1 Seminar Scheduled for June 2012 at Mayo Clinic

MEN, carcinoid, and neuroendocrine cancer patients, family members, caregivers, advocacy groups, physicians, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 Seminar presented by American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support (a division of the Hageman Foundation) in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  The seminar will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic.  The DoubleTree Hotel has set aside a block of rooms at a special rate for seminar guests staying at the hotel.American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support and Mayo Clinic sponsor MEN Seminar

The program will both serve to educate patients, family members, and medical personnel and to provide an opportunity to meet others with MEN in a supportive environment.  Topics to be explored are:

  • Genetics and MEN
  • MEN 1 Endocrinology updates on:

Pituitary

Pancreas

Parathyroid

  • MEN 1 specialty areas involving:

Surgery

Radiology

Pharmacy

Several Mayo Clinic specialty physicians that have an interest in MEN will be guest speakers and available to answer patients’ questions and concerns.  The seminar will also feature multiple question and answer sessions.

Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes received their name because they predispose people to develop tumors of the endocrine glands. The endocrine system is comprised of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream that control numerous processes within the body. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes.

The major glands of the endocrine system affected by the MEN syndromes are the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals and pancreas. Currently, there are two distinct MEN syndromes, MEN1 and MEN2. In some ways, the two syndromes are similar, but there are important differences.

MEN1 is an inherited disorder that causes tumors in the endocrine glands and the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. MEN1 is sometimes called multiple endocrine adenomatosis or Wermer’s syndrome, after one of the first doctors to recognize it. MEN1 is rare, occurring in about one in 30,000 people. The disorder affects both sexes equally and shows no geographical, racial, or ethnic preferences.

The tumors associated with MEN1 are usually benign, meaning they are not cancerous. However, they can disrupt normal function by releasing hormones or by crowding nearby tissue. Eventually, about half of people with MEN1 will develop a cancerous pancreatic or carcinoid tumor.

Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) is characterized by a very high risk of developing medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). Individuals with MEN2 have a greater than 95% chance of developing MTC in their lifetime. MEN2 is divided into three clinical subtypes: MEN2A, MEN2B, and Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma.

To read more about MEN, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website for information about Type 1 at http://www.mayoclinic.org/men1,  about Type 2 at cancer.net,  oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service by clicking here http://endocrine.niddk.nih.gov.

In addition to the symposium presentations, there will be fun, socializing events and the opportunity to create an American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support advocacy group to have a voice regarding MEN information and funding research.

American Multple Endocrine Neoplasia Support and Mayo Clinic Sponsor Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia SeminarGuests staying at the DoubleTree Hotel (a two-block walk to the Mayo Clinic) will have free shuttle service to area locations.  There are also shuttle services to and from Minneapolis (Mall of America and Minneapolis Airport) and Rochester Airport for a fee.

For additional information about the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Type 1 Seminar at the Mayo Clinic call American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support, http://amensupport.org, at 865-238-5842 or toll-free at 866-612-8579.  Be sure to also visit their website about the Whipple Procedure at www.mywhipple.org

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