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Dr. David Fleischer: Treating Esophageal Cancer in Kenya

Esophageal cancer is a challenging enough condition to treat at the best medical centers in the U.S. When the condition affects scores of people in a developing country in eastern Africa, the challenge is all the more demanding. David Fleischer, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and his [...]

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Ginette's Top Tips for Breast Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them

Ginette Weiner began her fight against breast cancer in 2008, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She is a patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and under the ongoing care of Donald Northfelt, M.D. She brings a fresh, honest and engaging perspective to patients and their loved ones with the following advice for breast cancer patients and their families. [...]

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Antoinette Benevento: Battling Breast Cancer One Day at a Time

Joy, music, vibrancy and energy. Antoinette Benevento embraces the gifts of dance and shares how lessons learned as a professional dancer prepared her for her biggest challenge ahead. In December of 2010, Antoinette discovered a large lump in her breast. Alarmed by her finding, she quickly sought medical care and [...]

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Richard Rubenstein: Overcoming Rectal Cancer

A routine colonoscopy in 2007 saved Richard Rubenstein’s life. Richard, a retired executive from Scottsdale, Ariz., had expected to receive a clean bill of health, especially since he had no alarming symptoms or any family history of colorectal malignancies. Instead he received shocking news – he had stage 3 rectal cancer. [...]

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A Double Blessing: The Mexican Red Cross Donation

As an international patient coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, I have had many opportunities to work with patients to ensure that they receive the best medical care and attention. Helping patients is our number one priority at the International Patients Center. Last year, we had a unique opportunity to [...]

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Finally! Relief for Unbearable Acid Reflux: The LINX Procedure

Who hasn't experienced the occasional acid reflux from a particularily spicy dinner or an extra slice of pizza? Nothing that an over-the-counter pill wouldn't relieve, right? Unfortunately, for seven long years, Shawnee Williams, suffered not a few but daily episodes of progressively worsening acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, GERD. At [...]

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Bone Marrow Transplant Saves Leukemia Patient - Max's Story

At the age of eight, Max Harris overcame aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. Successful treatment led to his recovery and several years of good health. Years later, a visit to the dentist confirmed that his health had taken a serious [...]

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A Young Woman's Battle Against Breast Cancer - One Day at a Time

  “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 [...]

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer - Barbra's Story

Years of raising awareness for breast cancer could not have prepared Barbra Riley for the devastating words she heard just over a year ago - "You have breast cancer." Barbra had dedicated her time and energy to promoting breast cancer awareness through such organizations as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure [...]

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Suzy's Story

Suzy Underhill's life took an unexpected turn less than a year ago when she discovered a large lump under her breast. She immediately went to see her gynecologist who recommended that she consult with a specialist. Suzy's good friend had told her to schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic and [...]

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Male Breast Cancer - Henry's Story

Henry Corral had always enjoyed a full life in Arizona - staying fit, spending time with his family and working in the high tech industry.  In March of 2011, his life turned upside down. He received a diagnosis that few men expect to hear – breast cancer. The incidence of [...]

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Breast Cancer Hits Home Three Times in One Year

A mother and her three daughters – all diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathleen O’Brien shares her family’s history battling a disease which eventually took her mother’s life and now has struck three more times. Kathleen and her sisters, Angel and Brenda,  carry the BRCA gene which means they face a much [...]

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Sidelined by Concussions, Sydney's Now Back in Action

One goal changed her life. Now almost two years after a devastating concussion, Sydney Urzendowski is changing the goals of her life. Sydney, of Elkhorn, Neb., was an active teenager, always on the go and had high aspirations in playing sports for a long, long time. Things changed for her [...]

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Teamwork makes the routine extraordinary

There was no doubting the value of the team approach on the early morning of Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In what was otherwise a fairly routine procedure — cataract removal — this time required the assistance of the ophthalmologic surgeon, [...]

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Jordan Mills: Fighting the Unseen Enemy, Part I

Jordan Mills is a man's man. Enlisted in the U.S. military in 2004, Jordan was deployed around the world, serving in countries as diverse as Japan, Korea and Afghanistan. But "after my first combat deployment," Jordan says, "I started noticing odd physical changes in my body. I could barely move [...]

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Mark McNeary: "A miracle of a different sort"

For Mark McNeary, a retired music industry executive, his miracle story began shortly after finishing Saturday morning chores at his ranch in Kingman, Ariz. Sudden, searing head pain and throat problems made it clear that he needed immediate medical attention. His wife, Julie, drove him 30 miles to the nearest [...]

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Living with Cancer: Blessings and Hope Abound

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. For Robert Hoopes, a facilities manager from Glendale, Ariz., the diagnosis hit home - twice. In 2006, Kara, his wife of more than three decades, discovered that she had advanced colon cancer. After a two year battle, she sadly passed away at the [...]

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Knowledge: A Powerful Tool in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

Tamieko, a 38 year old woman, was completely caught off guard when she was diagnosed with Stage I/II breast cancer in December 2010. After two years of observing suspicious changes in her breast that appeared normal on mammograms, she requested that her attending physician do a breast biopsy. The results [...]

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Suzanne Vela: The Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

In mid-February, 2011, flu-like symptoms caused Suzanne Vela to leave work early to try to recover quickly from fatigue and a persistent cough. Several days of rest at home did not seem to improve her symptoms and Javier Vela, Suzanne's husband, decided to take her to the Mayo Clinic Hospital [...]

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A Family Member's Point of View

By Lindsay Engelstad I was not a patient at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, but my mother was. Prior to her going into the hospital, I always hear people say “Go to the Mayo Clinic it is the best place to be if you are sick”. Yeah right, it is a hospital [...]

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