HealthEast clinic offers surgical robot ‘test drive’

Open house to show latest in surgical technology, benefits to patients

HealthEast Stillwater Clinic invites residents to an open house May 31 to learn about the latest in surgical technology, "test drive" the da Vinci surgical robot, meet the surgeons who perform robot-aided surgery and learn about the benefits it delivers to patients.

The open house 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 31 at the HealthEast Stillwater clinic, 2900 Curve Crest Boulevard. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood offers robotic surgery for a variety of procedures including women’s care, prostate removal, colorectal surgery and lung and chest procedures.

St. Croix Valley residents are also invited to join cancer survivors, their families and friends for the 2012 "Many Faces of Hope" event from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at the Prom Center in Oakdale.

Many Faces of Hope is a day to honor cancer survivors and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, fulfilling and even inspiring. The local luncheon is one of hundreds of community events worldwide June 3 to observe the 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day, a worldwide celebration of life. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s 12 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way.

HealthEast Cancer Care has sponsored the Many Faces of Hope event for the last 12 yars. Cost of the event, which includes a brunch, is $30 or a Friends and Family table of 6 is $150. The Many Faces of Hope program includes a 10:30 registration, exhibits and entertainment, a noon celebration luncheon and 1 p.m. keynote presentation, "Changing World of Cancer," by Mark Moyad, MD,PhD, MPH. Moyad, MD, MPH, is the director of preventive & complementary medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Moyad is a cancer researcher and complementary health counselor who has written several books related to the ABCs of nutrition and supplements for cancer patients. His current research involves lifestyle changes and the use (or non-use) of dietary supplements to reduce cancer treatment side effects; advocacy; and cancer vaccine testing.

To register, call 651-326-2273 or visit To find out more about National Cancer Survivors Day, visit