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Women’s Health

November 18th, 2016

Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Antonio Forte, Dr. Dawn Mussallem, Florida Campus, Lymphedema, mastectomy, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


January 30th, 2016

Mother and Daughter Winning Battle With Cancer Despite Family History of the Disease

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Most of us have known someone with cancer, either in our family or with a friend or an acquaintance. But cancer can be particularly cruel when it seems to target a specific family over and over again. For the Zepeda family of Miami, cancer has stricken a mother, her daughter, a number of other family […]

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Tags: Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplant, Bilateral Masectomay, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Dr. Candido Rivera, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Sikander Ailawashi, multiple myeloma


January 4th, 2016

Retired Nurse Goes “All In” for Weight Loss, Sheds Pounds, Gains Energy and Passion

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

It’s tempting to describe Sonya “Sunny” Johnson, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse, as a poster child for successful weight loss surgery. Cliché or not, she readily accepts the moniker as a point of pride. In fact, these days, when Sunny passes a mirror, she asks herself, “Who is that?” Her ambitious journey to weight loss […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bariatric surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mayo Clinic Bariatric Program, Weight Loss


September 4th, 2015

Critical Care Team Gives Young Mom Second Chance in Fight Against Cancer

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Three years had passed since Hollis Youngner, 34, had been diagnosed and treated for HER2+ breast cancer. So in late 2014, when the mother of one was “just feeling yucky, tired, nauseous,” she says cancer wasn’t even on her mind. “I was secretly excited, thinking of ways to tell everyone I was pregnant,” she says. […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Diaz-Gomez, Dr. John Moss, Dr. Moreno, Florida Campus, Hollis, metastatic cancer, pulmonary embolism


February 2nd, 2015

An Extension of the Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Marla Burkhart’s heart was functioning at roughly 30 percent when she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency cesarean section eight weeks before the due date of her first child. After she and her husband had chosen a name for their child, she placed her faith in her heart and the support of a […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Go Red for Women, Heart Month, NICU


January 7th, 2015

Facing Breast Cancer: Lynn Gallett’s story

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Lynn Gallett was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a number of concerns and decisions to make. In the video below, Lynn discusses the process and her experience at Mayo Clinic. HELPFUL LINKS: Learn more about triple negative breast cancer. Explore Mayo’s Department of Oncology. Join a conversation on Mayo Clinic Connect. Request an […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, breast cancer, chemotherapy, Dr. Barbara Pockaj, Dr. Donald Northfelt


August 14th, 2013

The Woman Patient: Is Her Voice Heard?

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[Editor’s Note: Following is an article by Mary I. O’Connor, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida, sharing her perspective on how gender affects the care of women today.] Should a woman have a female doctor? As a woman and an orthopedic surgeon, I am sometimes asked that question. While some women […]

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Tags: Florida, Mary O'Connor, MayoClinicFL, opinion, Orthopedic


May 17th, 2013

To Test or Not to Test – Genetics, That Is

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

So I wonder if anyone else spent part of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, pondering what they would do. Would they take the test to learn if they were at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer? What if it came back positive? What decision would they make – to keep their breasts and uterus or […]

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May 13th, 2013

Girl Scout Dr. Sharonne Hayes Receives Award

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, in April was named one of the Girl Scout River Valleys 2013 Women of Distinction. When Dr. Hayes began working at Mayo Clinic, she became keenly aware that women in medicine, and particularly in cardiology, were still a minority. As she began her career in cardiology, she also […]

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Tags: Cardiology, girl scout, Heart, Sharonne Hayes, Women


March 21st, 2013

He Said, She Said: How One Couple Battled Colon Cancer Together

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Sue Willingham remembers the May 2010 day well. She was getting ready to take her two children to school. But before leaving the house, she did what any mom might – use the restroom. But then she noticed she’d lightly soiled her undergarments. Only she didn’t remember it happening. At 45, Willingham was the picture […]

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