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December 18th, 2012

“Green Light” Laser Surgery Treats BPH

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Paul HamernikPaul Hamernik says that "green light" laser surgery has meant he can enjoy his life again.

As a stock car racer, Paul Hamernik thought his frequent restroom breaks were an occupational hazard. He simply accepted that his bladder was small and his nerves ran wild — until he learned his PSA level was increasing.

"PSA, or prostate specific antigen, is a normal substance produced by the prostate, usually found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer, infection or inflammation of the prostate, and benign prostatic hyperplasia," explains Lance Mynderse, M.D., a Urologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

"My local doctor suggested I go to Mayo and be evaluated," says Paul. "He said Mayo had advanced tests and procedures to diagnose and treat prostate conditions that weren't widely available." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Dr. Mynderse, laser PVP surgery, Matthew Clark PhD, Paul Hamernik

December 18th, 2012

Toddler diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Jayden Gonzalez and his parents

Viola and Felipe Gonzalez were stunned when their youngest son's persistent flu-like symptoms were diagnosed as a brain tumor.

The vomiting, holding his head while crying and unsteadiness weren't just a toddler's brush with the flu bug. A CT scan at the local pediatrician's office showed a mass the size of a quarter on Jayden's brain. He was just 20 months old.

Jayden was transported immediately from Fairmont, Minn., to Mayo Clinic via Mayo One emergency medical helicopter, with his parents following by car. The pediatrician had arranged for a team of pediatric neurologists, oncologists and neurosurgeons to meet Jayden upon arrival.

"It happened so quickly," says Viola. "We were shocked and scared but also relieved because we felt Jayden was in good hands." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: American Indians, Jayden Gonzalez, Matthew Clark PhD, pediatric brain tumors, radiation therapy

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