7.8.14 As MOCA gears up for HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 6, we’ll be highlighting occasional guest posts from the team captains and fundraisers who help us bring this inspirational event to life. This week, Minnesota Oncology, a long-time supporter of our event, is highlighted and provides a blog post as our Teal Sponsor of the week.
If you’ve taken part in MOCA’s signature September event, you likely are no doubt familiar with the popular teal bandanas that Minnesota Oncology gives away annually at the event. This year, we’re pleased to again show our practice’s commitment to supporting ovarian cancer patients and survivors as a Teal Sponsor of the HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer.
Minnesota Oncology has supported the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance since its inception – especially in terms of MOCA’s research funding. “MOCA’s strength is in its grassroots fundraising for ovarian cancer research, and the attention that it brings to ovarian, primary peritoneal and fallopian tube cancer,” says Cheryl Bailey, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Minnesota Oncology and member of MOCA’s Medical Advisory Committee. “MOCA has become an important source of resources and support for women with ovarian cancer and with BRCA positivity,” she says. “Many friendships have been made and relationships solidified in the chemotherapy center at Minnesota Oncology and through MOCA.”
This past year, Minnesota Oncology was proud to grow its gynecologic oncology and surgery team to include Dr. Amy McNally (formerly Amy Jonson) and Dr. Tina Ayeni. Dr. McNally, who sees patients at Minnesota Oncology’s Saint Paul Cancer Center, formerly held a variety of academic administrative positions at the University of Minnesota, Department of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Ayeni comes to Minnesota Oncology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine.
Minnesota Oncology is also in the process of expanding its gynecologic oncology team with the addition of two new Advanced Practice Providers to assist the team in the operating room and the office. Minnesota Oncology continues to fully participate in research and offer clinical trials to patients as well as genetic counseling and survivorship counseling. In addition, the practice offers cold cap therapy to avoid hair loss with some chemotherapy regimens.
Be sure to stop by the Minnesota Oncology booth at HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer on Sept. 6. Visit with the gynecologic oncology team and other clinical staff, and get this year’s teal bandana to show your teal pride!