Director's message: Farewell, Forefront

Volume 9, Issue 3, December 2020


The new year offers new hope and a new online cancer information resource for patients and caregivers.

Photograph of Rafael Fonseca, M.D.

Rafael Fonseca, M.D.

2020 has been a year of challenge and change for all of us. At Mayo Clinic, I've watched with pride as our employees have adapted to the pandemic and innovated to continue to provide cancer care safely. As the year comes to a close, I look ahead with hope for a 2021 that brings more positive changes for all of us.

One of those changes is bittersweet: This issue of Forefront will be our last.

For more than a decade, we've published the magazine in print, online and email newsletter formats, sharing stories about Mayo Clinic's cutting-edge cancer research and its translation into clinical advances.

But while all of these formats of Forefront may be ending, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center's efforts to discover better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer will continue to strengthen and grow, and we will continue to share our stories.

In 2021, we'll launch a new blog for people with cancer and their caregivers and loved ones — an online resource where they can find information from Mayo Clinic experts to help them navigate their cancer journey. The blog will feature informational posts about the many types of cancer we treat, along with guidance on prevention, screening, caregiving and survivorship. We'll also share research and clinical trials news on a more frequent basis than we were able to through Forefront.

We look forward to offering you the opportunity to subscribe to updates from our new blog very soon. While you wait, I encourage you to seek out cancer news through Mayo Clinic's other excellent publications:

Thank you for your loyal readership of Forefront, and best wishes for a healthy new year filled with positive change.

  • Rafael Fonseca, M.D.
  • Interim Executive Director, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Getz Family Professor of Cancer