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February 24th, 2017

Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota, was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife told him he was completely yellow — not from the sun streaming […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Truty, Pancreatic Cancer


December 23rd, 2016

Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. “It kept getting […]

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Tags: Dr. John Stauffer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


November 13th, 2015

Recovery Turns Into Cancer Battle for Avid Runner

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

                                    An avid runner, Judi Zitiello, 66, was forced into a six-week hiatus when she developed a meniscus tear in early 2014. The retired financial executive was always active – exercising, hosting dinner parties, and volunteering to run the JT Townsend […]

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Tags: Dr. Horacio Asbun, Dr. Kristina DeMatas, Florida Campus, pancreas, Pancreatic Cancer, purple strides, Whipple


November 14th, 2013

Flying High after Successful Laparoscopic Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Barbara Nehr and her husband Adam had recently retired. Their shared passion for designing and flying experimental airplanes had taken them on many adventures in the past 20 years – adventures they planned to continue. But then the Orlando couple’s plans took a detour. A routine test showed Barbara’s body was not flushing out toxins […]

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Tags: 2254, 5270, 5275, 5279, 5288, 5334, Adam Nehr, Barbara Nehr, Dr. Asbun, hepatobiliary, horacio asbun, Jacksonville


May 31st, 2013

Adventures of a 31-year-old Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Dorylee Baez lives fearlessly. Whether flying down a zip line or organizing a pancreatic cancer patient group in Puerto Rico, she plunges into life with zest. The 31-year-old academic advisor at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is known as someone who is tenacious, overcoming whatever obstacles get in her way to achieve and […]

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Tags: 2246, 2250, 2254, 3719, 3723, 5150, 5275, 5279, 5334, chemotherapy, Colon Cancer, FL


December 15th, 2012

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

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Decades after beating bone cancer at Mayo Clinic, John Fulton returned, this time to defeat islet cell cancer. John says that, once more, Mayo helped him “beat the system.”

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Tags: 3719, 4715, 5272, 5279, 5316, 5335, 5340, 5421, Florencia Que M.D., islet cell cancer, John Fulton, Joseph Rubin M.D.


May 3rd, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Removed via Laparoscopic Surgery

By stacytheobald stacytheobald

Mindy Cahn is living proof that pancreatic cancer can be beat. The odds can be daunting. According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for localized pancreatic cancer is 21 percent. For cancer that has spread, the survival rate is about 9 percent. Cahn, 60, had been diagnosed with a softball-sized cyst on […]

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Tags: 2254, 5334, Dr. Horacio Asbun, laparoscopic surgery, Mindy Cahn, Pancreatic Cancer


August 12th, 2010

Ten Years and Still Cancer Free

By CSMMayo csmmayo

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with a 20 percent relative survival rate after one-year and a four percent survival rate after five-years for all stages combined, according to the American Cancer Society. With these shocking statistics, one pancreatic cancer survivor wonders how he has beaten all […]

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Tags: 1136, 2254, 3640, 3719, 3723, 5270, 5275, 5334, 5335, Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Patient Story


May 14th, 2009

Mother’s Day Gift for a Mom Who Has Everything (including Pancreatic Cancer)

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

On Mother’s Day, Jeanine Peterson told the story on her blog of the special gift she gave her mom, a Mayo Clinic patient. With her mom’s permission, we share a portion of the story here:

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Tags: 1136, 2254, 3719, 3723, 5275, 5279, 5316, 5334, Cancer, Mother's Day, Pancreatic Cancer, Whipple


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