Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Seminar Scheduled at Mayo Clinic

The basics of MEN; thyroid, parathyroid, pancreatic, pituitary, and adrenal surgery; genetics of MEN; and patient chronicles are among the topics to be covered during the second MEN Seminar presented by American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support (a division of the Hageman Foundation) in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  The day-long seminar will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 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.Mayo Clinic banner

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:

 7:30 am               Registration and Breakfast
 8:00 am               Foundation Welcome by Linda Hageman, RN
 8:10 am                Basics of MEN by Dr. Mark Lewis 
 9:10 am               Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery by Dr. David Farley
 9:35 am                Pancreatic Surgery by Dr. Kaye Reid Lombardo
 10:00 am              Pituitary Surgery by Dr. Fredric Meyer
 10:25 am              Adrenal Surgery by Dr. David Farley
 10:50 am              Hospital & Surgical Care by Surgical Care Nurses
 11:30 am              Free Time & Independent Lunch Break
 1:00 pm                Simulation Center Tour by Dr. David Farley

Dr. Farley explains the Whipple procedure in the video below. Click on the YouTube logo in the bottom right corner to see the video in a larger size.

 2:00 pm                Genetics of MEN, McKinsey Goodenberger, Dr. Salman Kirmani
 3:00 pm                Break
 4:00 pm                MEN Long-term Follow-Up Care by Dr. Kurt Kennel
 4:30 pm                Patient Chronicles by Linda Hageman, RN
 4:45 pm                Questions & Answers and Conclusion
 5:00 pm                Seminar Adjournment
 5:30 pm                Hageman Foundation Reception

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.

Which organs of the body are affected by MEN, multiple endocrine neoplasia, a rare disease?

MEN graphic from Wikipedia

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.

Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) Type 1

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.

Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) TYpe 2

To read more about MEN, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website for information about Type 1 at,  about Type 2 at, oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service by clicking here

Double Tree HotelGuests staying at the DoubleTree Hotel (a two-block walk to the Mayo Clinic) will have free shuttle service to area locations.  There is also transportation 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) Seminar at the Mayo Clinic call American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support,, at 865-238-5842 or toll-free at 866-612-8579.  Be sure to also visit their website about the Whipple Procedure at  Register for the seminar online here:

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