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December 17th, 2012

Rare congenital subglottic stenosis treated with airway reconstruction surgery

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Ryan Chubbuck

Sporting his favorite Viking costume, Ryan Chubbuck is all smiles, thanks to successful airway reconstruction surgery at Mayo Clinic. "He has been able to play, eat and talk normally and has thrived since the operation," says Ryan's mother, Kelly Chubbuck.

Kelly Chubbuck admits she was a cautious first-time parent. But her motherly instinct told her it wasn't her nervousness that caused her infant son Ryan to breathe noisily and at times, even stop breathing." There were times I had to shake Ryan to get him to take a breath," remembers Kelly. "And it wasn't until I consulted with a specialist at Mayo Clinic that my fears were justified and eventually calmed."

The Chubbucks were referred to Dana Thompson, M.D., a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "Dr. Thompson heard high-pitched breathing – called stridor – and initially suspected Ryan had tracheomalacia (a soft or floppy trachea) so she did a laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy to see what was going on," remembers Kelly.

What Dr. Thompson diagnosed is a condition called subglottic stenosis, a life-threatening narrowing of the upper portion of the windpipe (subglottis). "Subglottic stenosis can be caused by trauma, prolonged intubation with a breathing tube, infection, or the irritating reflux of stomach acid," explains Dr. Thompson. "But Ryan was born with this condition, which is called congenital subglottic stenosis." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: airway reconstruction, Dana Thompson M.D., Matthew Clark PhD, Ryan Chubbuck, subglottic stenosis

December 17th, 2012

A Young Woman’s Battle Against Breast Cancer – One Day at a Time

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

 Jennifer McGoldrick at the Komen Event

“I think it’s cancer,” are not words that anyone, especially a 29 year old nurse recently relocated to Arizona, expects to hear.

Jennifer McGoldrick faced these words and the eventual diagnosis of breast cancer shortly after moving to Scottsdale to continue her nursing career at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She shares her journey of undergoing multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment while still managing to continue living a normal life and working at Mayo Clinic.

Jennifer's positive attitude shows how the support of family and friends goes a long way to learning how to take life one day at time.

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Tags: Alanna Rebecca, Arizona, Breast Cancer, chemotherapy, Donald Northfelt, Jennifer McGoldrick, Matthew Clark PhD, Northfelt, patient story, Rebecca, Wasif

December 17th, 2012

Prostate cancer treated with robotic surgical system

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Dr. Randall Minion

Dr. Randall Minion is active in his medical practice after having robotic surgery to treat his prostate cancer.

Randall Minion, M.D., was helping out a newly hired lab technician when he had his prostate specific antigen (PSA) tested. When he volunteered his blood sample for training purposes at his private practice, he never dreamed it would lead to the serendipitous early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

"I was 49, so I was half-joking, but it was an appropriate test to run because I would be turning 50 in a few months," says Dr. Minion, a family medicine physician in Fort Dodge, Iowa. "When my PSA was elevated, I visited my local urologist, who did a biopsy." It came back positive for cancer and Minion's doctor discussed treatment options, which included a new robotic surgery procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. Igor Frank, Prostate Cancer, Randall Minion M.D., Robotic Surgery

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