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Laser microsurgery for throat cancer preserves voice, function

By Margaret Shepard

Danny Snodgrass

Danny Snodgrass is grateful to the Mayo Clinic team that treated his cancer.

For years, Danny Snodgrass had trouble speaking. His local doctors attributed it to drainage issues. Eventually, an ear, nose and throat specialist ordered a biopsy. It came back positive for throat cancer.

Snodgrass, who had never smoked and drank alcohol only occasionally, was stunned. An online search for treatment options led him to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., which offered a laser alternative to conventional surgery.

When Snodgrass arrived for a meeting with Mayo Clinic doctors, he was hoping to be told his cancer diagnosis was wrong. Instead, he learned his cancer was advanced and had spread into the lymph nodes of his neck. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Danny Snodgrass, Dr. Eric Moore, Mayo Clinic, throat cancer


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Fortunately for Sharon, life had become one big headache

By Margaret Shepard

Sharon FrancisAnyone who's ever met Sharon Francis knows her laugh. It's always present, like a trademark accessory. Even when she isn't able to laugh with life, she can laugh at it because against all odds, Sharon is a survivor.

Consider her beginnings: When Sharon was only 20 and a single mother with three children, her own mother died of breast cancer. Without hesitation, Sharon took in her little sister and brother and raised them as her own. She worked two jobs to keep all five children in good neighborhoods, good schools and good food. "I got so overwhelmed that I developed a peptic ulcer," Sharon says, and she laughs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Sharon Francis