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Archive for December 15th, 2012

Beating the Odds Again: John Fulton’s Islet Cancer Treatment

Posted on December 15th, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

John Fulton

John Fulton is back to his normal routine, feeling healthy after successful islet cell cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic.

The first time John Fulton was diagnosed with cancer, he was 15 years old. Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, struck twice within a couple of years. John enrolled in a clinical trial originally staged at Mayo Clinic to fight the disease and won the battle. To have remission after recurrence was unusual, a feat that meant, in John's words, that he "beat the system."

In 2002, John was having a routine physical when spots were found on his pancreas, a classic indicator of a serious condition. John's physician recommended advanced treatment, gave him a referral, and John called Mayo Clinic that same afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Life isn’t a blur anymore after cornea transplant surgery

Posted on December 15th, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

Maxine Kaehler

Wearing a festive shirt she received from her grandchildren, Maxine Kaehler is enjoying her improved vision and quality of life following cornea transplant surgery.

Life had literally been a blur for 87-year-old Maxine Kaehler for the past 18 years as three age-related eye conditions gradually worsened vision in both of her eyes. Her vision deteriorated so much that by 2008 she could not drive, or read the newspaper or a restaurant menu.

In May 2008, Maxine had a partial-thickness cornea transplant on her right eye to treat Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy. The results were almost instantaneous.

"After the transplant, I realized there were words on the buttons on my microwave, and then I looked at my dishwasher and noticed the same thing. I couldn't believe it. I was just pushing random buttons before because I couldn't read what was written on them," says Maxine with a laugh.

If you know Maxine, you know that seeing little details are important to her daily routine as a retiree. Some of her favorite hobbies include embroidering, playing cards with friends and cooking. Read the rest of this entry »