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Dr. Michael Thompson

Hematology and Oncology
Milwaukee, WI
22 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

527 Answers
847 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Research question: Curcumin -- & many other single molecules or "compounds" -- may have in vitro (test tube) activity & in vivo in animal models. This doesn't always cor... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Normal ?: I wouldn't say its normal. I would focus on what the reaction is from and fixing that if possible.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Focus on symptoms: Wbc and absolute lymphocyte count, like many tests vary from day to day (and hour to hour) normally in individuals. I would focus more on symptoms -- ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
ASAP: Why do you need an answer as soon as possible (ASAP)? You may need some time to better integrate what is an emergency and what isn't in life. And don'... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of leukemia -- eg AML, ALL, CML, CLL, Hairy cell. In Rai stage 0 CLL there are no symptoms. In many others the symptoms can inc... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Evaluate: 1) Get your vision evaluated, 2) Headaches - see your primary MD and/or a headache specialist, 3) blood clots -- where/when and associated with what t... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Not typically: Not a typical problem. Anti histamine a are a very commonly used otc drug.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Depends: Not enough information. Depends on TNM staging. Treatment decisions based on that as well as biomarkers - er, pr, her2/neu. The absolute risk reducti... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Not enough info: From the National Cancer Institute --> What You Need To Know About™ - What is Multiple #Myeloma - via @theNCI http://ow.ly/o7CJR #mmsm and Snapshot... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Depends on purpose: How many tests can be done from blood? Millions. How many tests can be done from a bone marrow biopsy (BMB) specimen? Many? What tests should be done?... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
MM = lytic bone: In multiple myeloma (MM) the classical bone lesions are lytic -- "moth eaten" appearance on x-ray. There are other patterns in the bone found on MRI i... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
DDx: What is the differential diagnosis (DDx) of chest wall pain? First thing anyone in an ER would want to rule out is heart ischemia or pulmonary embolis... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
A lump is a lump...: A lump is a lump. The differential diagnosis (DDx) of a lump is very broad. Can it be cancer? Yes. Can it be an infected ear with a reactive lymph nod... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
DDx: Sounds like a systemic inflammatory illness. While lymphoma is a possibility so are many other diseases. You need a history, physical exam, and likely... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Cause?: An enlarged liver can push on the diaphragm (muscle below the lungs) causing shortness of breath. It can push on the bowels and cause problems with bo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Risk/Benefit ratio: All drugs have risks and benefits, even Aspirin and Acetaminophen (tylenol). Medications are used for a benefit which is often very helpful. High bene... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
MRI brain: Ct not as good as mri. Get an MRI brain.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Oral iron: Sounds like borderline iron deficiency (without knowing the lab normal ranges). Most iron deficiency can be repleted with oral iron -- often a few to ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
RBC, WBC, Plt, etc?: What type of "blood cells" are you not producing enough of -- red blood cells (rbcs), white blood cells (wbcs) or platelets. If anemia, then additiona... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Hodgkin lymphoma: Lymph node pain from alcohol is a "classic" (but uncommon) symptom in hodgkin's lymphoma. It doesn't prove that any cancer or lymphoma is present, but... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Risk analysis: This can't be answered specifically in 400 characters with that amount of data. You should talk to a genetic counselor to carefully review breast canc... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Not enough info: Discussing the CBC of someone on chemotherapy without knowing -- 1) chemo type, duration, dose, most recent and 2) type of cancer -- is not helpful. T... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
WARFarin: WARFarin was named from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. See Link 1959 Circulation article on history: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/19... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Small bowel: Assuming the source of anemia is from the gut (anemia may be from other sources)...The gut includes the small bowel and large bowel (colon). Egd evalu... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
CEA not stage: Carcinoembryonic antigen (cea) can be elevated for various reasons including cancer. It is a useful biologic tumor marker for colorectal cancer; howe... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
RA?: Something inflammatory and systemic. Could be cancer but also rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. Can't say without testing. First stop would be primary... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Varies: "regular" is defined by the individual. Regular bowel movements may mean once per week or a few times per day. Increased water, fiber, and otc or pre... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
No: No that I am aware of. Lymph nodes (lns) that increase in size (lymphadenopathy) with an acute illness -- eg strep throat, viral infection, etc. -- an... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Question?: I'm not sure what the question is. It sounds like the diagnosis is anemia (chronic). The etiology (cause) of that anemia and subtype -- eg macrocytic... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
CUP?: Cancer 1-2-3 -- 1) diagnosis -- we know cancer , but what kind? May need additional information -- is this a colon polyp, now cancer or what? Patholog... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Hgb <8: A hemoglobin of 6 is very low. There are many causes of anemia including bleeding (seen or unseen=occult), vitamin deficiencies, and lack of productio... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Not generally...: Interesting question. Not that I am aware of. I may look into this more. For people with high iron levels (eg, hemochromatosis), removing iron by rem... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Anemia: If very low and symptomatic anemia (low hgb), then may need a transfusion. If anemia from low iron (not the only cause of anemia), then the source of ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Question?: You have provided a statement, not a question. I suspect that someone getting ivig with an elevated temperature has a problem more complex than a 400 ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Lymphedema: Details aren't provided, but sounds like breast cancer with an axillary (arm pit) lymph node dissection with lymphedema. Ask your physician for an ev... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Suspicion?: "have to" is more likely an insurance question rather than a medical q. Having your gp talk to an oncologist is the easiest solution. Lymphadenopathy... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
None: No symptoms by definition. Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is asymptomatic. If it is "symptomatic" then it is (symptomatic) multiple myeloma (MM). ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
No: No. Mouth cancer is most often associated with alcohol and tobacco (smoked or chewed). There may be other good reasons to not chew on your own body...
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
PB vs BM: Most (but not all) stem cells for allogeneic stem cell transplants are donated from the peripheral blood. The risks of the "collection" are similar to... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Depends: There are many causes of low platelets including self: auto-immune (ITP), and exogenous such as drugs reactions, chemotherapy, etc. So, how to raise t... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Talk to your OB: Talk to your "high risk" obstetrician (ob). I'm not an ob, but usually not a flight issue if okay with ob. Also, the source of "severe" (defined as AN... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Cause/Effect: Bleeding of any type including menstrual can cause anemia (low hemoglobin), but anemia does not cause bleeding. Need to follow the causality (vs assoc... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Why CBC?: Why was the complete blood count (CBC) test drawn on a 4.5 year old? If it was for symptoms, then the CBC likely confirms a bacterial infection. Neutr... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
IgD & IgE MM Review: Here are some recent reviews on IgD and ige myeloma by well regarded experts -- IgD and ige variants of #myeloma: valuable insights and therapeutic op... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Talk to pediatrician: Talk to your pediatrician. Review complete blood count (CBC) with differential trend and possibly other laboratory tests. You pediatrician may conside... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Find source: To treat the pain you need to find the source of the symptoms. See your physician to start a differential diagnosis (list of possibilities) and then i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Likely hemorrhoids. Stool softeners and plenty of water may help. Consider discussing with your physician. If worsening could see a gastroenterology (... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
PMD rec?: It is not surprising from the limited information given that neuro wasn't helpful. None of those symptoms are neurologic. They are all vague and commo... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
See MD: See your physician. Bleeding is not from a lack of platelet number. Platelet quality/function may be abnormal. Many different causes of fatigue inclu... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Link: Like anything in life there are risks and benefits of interventions and doing nothing. See here: ct scans and radiation: how can patients limit risk? ... Read More
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Mar 19, 2015
Hi Doc: Great virtual practice!! Louis Gallia MD, DMD, FACS
Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
Aug 26, 2013
Good Knowledgeable answers and Caring Approach
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I'm very thankful to have received a responce. Not able to pay at th is moment to send complete. Info. Will contact back ASAP hopeful. Txs.
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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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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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