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May 21st, 2016

Discerning Physician Turns to Mayo Clinic for Cancer Care

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Jim Biles, M.D., understands cancer treatment. A urologist who specializes in cancer surgery, he has spent his career focused on helping people receive the cancer care they need. So at age 72, when Dr. Biles received his own diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer, he knew how critical it would be to get treatment […]

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Tags: Cancer, Chondrosarcoma, Dr. David Lewallen, Dr. Franklin Sim, Dr. Peter Rose, Hemipelvectomy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


October 22nd, 2015

Rallying Around ‘Jack’ – Buying Time for 11-Year-Old Who Touched the Hearts of His Care Team

By Uma Thangaraj uthangaraj

He melts hearts with his infectious smile, cheerful attitude and frequent magic tricks. But the slogan on Haonan Jiang’s T-shirt, which reads “Tough as Nails,” is a more accurate summation of his spirit, and the fight he and his family have been waging. The 11-year-old from Beijing, China, prefers to be called “Jack.” He is suffering from […]

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Tags: anaplastic astrocytoma, Cancer, Dr. Amulya NageswaraRao, Dr. Nadia Laack, Dr. Sherilyn Driscoll, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


May 19th, 2015

Patient’s Cancer Journey Inspires Hope and a New Career Path

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Kristen Yukness knew what her doctor was going to say next. After a finding of bilateral deep vein thrombosis after a routine flight, Kristen had a strong feeling – based on her family history – that her condition had been caused by an underlying form of cancer. 

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Tags: Cancer, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Dr. Kenneth DeVault, Dr. Matthew Robertson III, Dr. Todd Miller, Dr. William Cliby, Endocervical Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 18th, 2015

Faith and Mayo Clinic Help Cancer Survivor Overcome Multiple Health Battles

By Paul Scotti pscotti

When 53-year-old Donald Jones of Ponte Vedra, Florida, found out he had lung cancer, the former smoker accepted it as a challenge that he was prepared to fight and win. Little did he know the other serious health issues that lay ahead, which would create serious new challenges for him over the next year. An […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Florida Campus, lung cancer


January 16th, 2015

New Procedure Helps Patient Strike Back Against Cancer

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Bill Steele, a patient at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, shares his story about his battle against Stage 4A cancer in the throat area without undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. In the video he produced, he explains how his surgical care team, led by Michael Hinni, M.D., a Mayo head and neck cancer surgeon, used transoral laser microsurgery […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Transoral Laser Microsurgery


December 12th, 2014

From ‘Pick a Plot’ to Watching His Son Graduate

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Read time: 4 minutes Written by Ron Christian “Pick a plot and get your papers in order, you’ll be dead in a month.” That’s what the local neurosurgeon said. Those words served as my wake-up call. While my wife wept, I became angry. We had three very young children, and I was determined to see […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Neurology & Neurosurgery


September 2nd, 2014

A Golden Dream

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

After being diagnosed with cancer, Joan Hittner, along with her husband, David, created an organization to raise money to find a cure. Today, David and daughter Christine continue the work. In 2011, Joan and David Hittner opened a letter from the Mayo Clinic Department of Development. Inside was a request: Would they consider donating $25 […]

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Tags: Cancer, CANCER RESEARCH, Carcinoid Tumor, Development


August 4th, 2014

In a moment … a poem, and a vision of hope

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Sometimes the only way to respond to a thing of beauty is to pour your thoughts out onto the page. And that’s what Mayo Clinic patient Jerry O’Donnell, of Waterloo, Iowa, did after being moved, perhaps even changed, by experiencing the beauty of music in the atrium of the Gonda Building on Mayo’s Rochester campus. […]

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Tags: Cancer, Gonda Building, Piano


July 28th, 2014

A New Approach to a Difficult Cancer Diagnosis

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

At age 39, Tom Peroulas was active and fit. Coaching and playing rugby, biking to work in downtown Chicago, and exercising daily kept him in good shape. So when he started noticing pain in his leg, groin and hip, he thought it was probably related to activity. He tried stretching and yoga. He rested it. […]

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Tags: Cancer, Chondrosarcoma, Dr. David Lewallen, Dr. Franklin Sim, Orthopedic Surgery


June 25th, 2014

Fiction Becomes Reality: Surviving Metastatic Appendiceal Cancer

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

“There’s something weird going on,” explained the surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada. For retired hotel executive Charles Livingston, these words signaled the start of a long journey, which began following an emergency appendectomy. He had experienced abdominal symptoms and received various diagnoses before being rushed to the operating room for a burst appendix. Following surgery, Charles […]

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Tags: appendiceal cancer, Arizona, Cancer, Charles Livingston, Dr. Camoriano, Dr. Wasif, HIPEC, John Camoriano, Mayo Clinic, Nabil Wasif


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