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Dr. Michael Thompson

Hematology and Oncology
Milwaukee, WI
20 years experience male

About

Bio

I am passionate about clinical trials, translational and basic science research. It is a tragedy that only 2-7% of adults participate in cancer clinical trials (Zon R. et al. ASCO statement on minimum standards and exemplary attributes of clinical trial sites. J Clin Oncol. 2008) Improved clinical trial enrollment depends on well designed, interesting trials, informed patients that may even assist in clinical trial design, institutional infrastructure support, as well as local and national leadership and coordination. The treatment standards of care we have today in oncology are built upon the clinical trial leadership and patient participation of the past. Clinical trials benefit the individual and society and should be encouraged in the community setting. My goal is to offer patients the best therapy available for their individual situation. My PhD research was in pharmacogenetics. That is the study of how heredity changes one’s response to drugs (such as chemotherapy). I believe that this same personalized approach to drug research also applies to how I care for patients. Everyone is an individual. I am interested in cancer and hematologic or blood cancers (lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). I am also interested in developing new treatments for all cancers, particularly early phase molecular biomarker driven studies. I believe that we live in an exciting era in which new drugs are providing options for improving quality of life and survival.

Specialties
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Hematology and Oncology

Hematology

Internal Medicine

Medical Oncology

Doctor Q&A

645 Answers
1.0K Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes: Hypo(=low)thyroidism can lead to weight gain. Normalizing the thyroid level can regulate those hormones and lead to normal thyroid level weight. Obvio... Read More
A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
CT: Computed tomography (ct or cat) scan imaging is much more sensitize for detection of metastasis than chest x-ray (cxr). Disadvantages include: cost, m... Read More
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Cancer.Net info: Depends on type, stage, patient characteristics. There is no one answer. More information is needed. A comprehensive and trusted overview of non-hodg... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
What pill?: Iron, b12, folate, (folic acid) something else? If you take iron pills on an empty stomach the iron is absorbed better, but many people have gastroin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
33-50%: Steven johnson syndrome is very uncommon. Without knowing history, in general risk of cancer over lifetime is 50% in men and 1 in 3 in women. Chance o... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Good diet: In general, you should eat a good diet. That is rich in fruits and vegetables. Specific dietary needs and dietary supplements are not needed for most ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) is broad. It may be a lipoma. See your physician to investigate.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
GABA supplement?: I don't know what "gaba supplement" is. And no one likely does -- that is it isn't regulated so it can be anything. I would not suggest putting things... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Infection: Likely some sort of infection. Could be viral without much tonsillar swelling. Could be a tooth infection, mastoiditis, etc. See the "swollen glands" ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Correlation : The anemia is not likely to be causing poor appetite (causation) but is likely related to (correlation) the cause of the anemia. Examples might includ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Lymph nodes: Hard to know exactly what the "pea sized lumps" are, but could be lymph nodes. We all have lymph nodes, so it doesn't necessarily mean cancer includin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Cancer causing: Carcinogen = cancer causing agent. Bad for you because they can increase your risk of cancer.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Plasma celldyscrasia: Poems = polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes. A mayo clinic definition: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/dis... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
?: I'm not sure what that means either. Cancer cells by definition are not "benign". However, various cancers can be indolent or behave benignly. I would... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Mechanism of nausea?: Step 1 - why are you nauseated? There are different mechanisms including direct chemo effect, mucositis, slowed gut motility, anxiety, etc. Then revie... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Hgb level now?: I'm not sure. Is your hemoglobin (HGB) level normal now? If possible i would try to track down the cause of the anemia.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
See MD - ER?: Those are a lot of symptoms. You should call your md and possibly go to an er.
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No. : If you have had a non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl), i suspect (but don't know) that you have an indolent lymphoma such as follicular lymphoma. In that cas... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Likely normal: I think you have multiple questions on this same finding. Lymph nodes are normally present all over our body and often coincide with vascular structur... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Prepare?: Prepare for the mammogram? It is uncomfortable, but nothing particular to prepare. At age 31 mammogram is not as effective (breast density), so someti... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Anything: A minor pain with nausea could be many things -- also called a "broad differential diagnosis". If it persists, or gets worse, seek out evaluation. Wor... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Infection: It is more likely an infection in the sinuses or airways. See your md to further evaluate.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Expert: Childhood chemotherapy and radiation -- while often life saving and without other options (especially years ago) -- can lead to later complications. I... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Yes - normally: I'm not sure of the question. The immune system has many cells but includes the b and t lymphocytes are normally activated and respond to infection in... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Diarrhea: A small amount of blood may be from any type of diarrhea and hemorrhoids. Follow up with physician, especially if the clostridium difficile does not g... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Why: You have itp with normal platelets. That's good. You have aches in the arms and legs -- a common and nonspecific symptom. That wouldn't make me think ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Symptom vs. cause: Anemia is likely a symptom of a problem rather than the cause of the problems. Do you have anemia? If so, what is the cause of the anemia? That is a s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Ignore: Neutropenic diet, booties, and masks for visitors are not needed for neutropenic patients.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
DDx: Elevated lymphocytes means the lymphocytes are elevated. It is not a diagnosis. The differential diagnosis (ddx) includes viral infection, inflammatio... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Thyroid, etc: Hair loss can be due to many things including thyroid problems, stress, and poor nutrition. Check with your physician to review your past and current ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
IDA - cause?: The best measure of iron deficiency anemia (ida) is serum ferritin (which is low here). The gold standard is a bone marrow biopsy (bmb), but that is r... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
See MD: T 99.7 is an elevated temperature not a "fever" (variously defined but often > 101f). For travel diarrhea consider seeing your primary md for evalu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Genentech: I'm not sure what you mean. Genentech created Herceptin® (trastuzumab) -- http://www.gene.com/patients/medicines/herceptin. I haven't encountered gene... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Biopsy: Breast cancer isn't known for sure without a biopsy. However, if there are any breast changes, they should be evaluated. Changes could include new or ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
DDx: The differential diagnosis (ddx) for this is broad. That is a long time for a fever. Questions: how high a fever? Anyone else with symptoms? Have you ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Lymphedema: Sounds like lymphedema even though a SLN biopsy/dissection was not done (?) on the non affected side. Ask to see a lymphedema specialist for help.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Lung nodules: Lung nodules are common. Especially in the midwest. Old imaging studies should be used to compare. If chronic -- ie they were there 10 years ago -- ve... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Question?: I'm not sure what question is. In general all counts -- Hgb, Plt, WBC go down after chemo and return to normal or near-normal before next cycle. Many ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Possible: It is possible. Some rare cancers may have very little data on them historically or with enrollment to clinical trials. One example are rare sarcomas.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
DDx: Cancer is unlikely in a 19 year old without a family history, but not impossible. The most likely causes in the differential diagnosis (ddx) includes:... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Is it contagious?: The questions are 1) what is the cause of the swollen "glands" (is that lymph nodes or parotid, or salivary glands, or...?)? And 2) is it contagious? ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
CA vs lymphedema: Likely lymphedema. Could be breast cancer recurrence. See oncologist for imaging and physical examination. If lymphedema see a lymphedema specialist.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
BMB: I can't say why a bone marrow biopsy (BMB) was recommended based on the lack of information presented.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Weekend warrior: The most obvious answer is -- you are out of shape. You are still young, but not as young as you used to be. You may need to start slow and build up m... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
CBC: A CBC (and cmp) can be normal with infection -- especially if local (not systemic). A CBC (and cmp) can also be abnormal with a systemic illness inclu... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Met CRC: This is too complicated for a 400 character response. Not sure about the "why" can't give 5FU (fluorouracil). Common chemo regimens for metastatic col... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Blood group?: I'm not sure blood type has any relevance to weight loss.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Allergy most likely: Eosinophils may be elevated due to allergic conditions, or (more common outside of the us) due to parasites. Eosinophils associated with cancer or bon... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Visceral / Parietal: The lining (pleura) of the lungs consists of the visceral and pleural lining. There is a virtual (potential) space between the two and they slide back... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Tobacco bad: There are many reasons not to smoke, but i don't know of a specific interaction between smoking and rituximab.

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Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
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Thank U 4 Ur help, I have elevated creatinine, B12 monthly injections and still tired. Been on, methotrexate b4 4 suspected RA, results neg
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I found them on accident over two months ago, and they have grown slowly and become hard, while my fatigue has increased. Ill make an appt.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Wisconsin, Madison
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MN
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

Mayo Health System

Residency

Internal Medicine

Awards

Academy for Health Science Education (ASHE) Developer Grant, MD Anderson Cancer Center
NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), NCI
Young Investigator Award (YIA), ASCO

Affiliations

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Integrated Technology Committee

Publications

Deep sequencing of the small RNA transcriptome of normal and malignant human B cells identifies hundreds of novel microRNAs.
Dietary supplement S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) effects on plasma homocysteine levels in healthy human subjects: a double-blind, placebo-controlle...
CD26/dipeptidyl peptidase IV as a novel therapeutic target for cancer and immune disorders.
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