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June 20th, 2017

Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old Dynamo

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Comprehensive treatment at Mayo Clinic, coupled with a can-do attitude, helps Nanci Sills navigate a difficult cancer diagnosis.

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Tags: Anal cancer, clinical trials, Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


August 31st, 2016

After Treatment for Pituitary Tumor, Pastry Chef is Ready for Sweet Smell of Ordinary Life

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Jessie Brenholt is a certified pastry chef who would like to open a bakery one day. “If the ingredients were free, I’d give out cakes to everyone,” she says. For a while, the 23-year-old’s dream seemed to be in jeopardy. After months of being sick with weight loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and vision problems, Jessie […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, pituitary tumor, Proton Beam Therapy


August 3rd, 2016

Healing Baby Lucas’ Heart With His Own Cells

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Jennifer Gutman calls the day doctors diagnosed her youngest son, Lucas, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome the worst day of her life. The severe heart defect, sometimes referred to as HLHS, was uncovered during what Jennifer and her husband, Brian, thought would be a routine ultrasound. The startling news brought immediate fears for Lucas’ future. Determined to help Lucas, Jennifer’s sister-in-law, a […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Timothy Nelson, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Karen Miller, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Regenerative Medicine, Research


April 1st, 2016

A New Weapon in the Arsenal for Patient With Stubborn Cancer: Proton Beam Therapy

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Audra Popp has a rare tumor – anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, also known as anaplastic PXA. Only a handful of people are diagnosed with this condition each year. Audra is the first person at Mayo Clinic with anaplastic PXA to be treated with proton beam therapy. Audra had 20 proton beam therapy sessions to try to […]

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Tags: Anaplastic PXA, clinical trials, craniotomy, Dr. Jan Buckner, Dr. Nadia Laack, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Proton Beam Therapy


February 22nd, 2016

Successful Treatment in a Clinical Trial Means More Celebrations for Bridget Clausen

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Bridget Clausen refers to her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as “the love of my life.” She treasures each of them and is proud to have a great-granddaughter named after her. The joy of a namesake is especially sweet, because when Bridget learned her granddaughter was pregnant, she wasn’t sure she would be here to […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Haidong Dong, Dr. Roxana Dronca, Immunotherapy, Keytruda, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, melanoma, MK-3475, Mole


October 19th, 2015

Sidelined No More – Scrambler Therapy Puts Tess Wilson Back in Action

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Each year after their big Thanksgiving meal, Tess Wilson’s family has a tradition of playing games in a gym to burn off some calories. For much of her high school and college years, Tess spent that afternoon sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of her family run around. Severe, chronic pain made it impossible […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Scrambler Therapy


June 11th, 2014

Near-death experience brings second chance, new calling

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

On May 14, 2011, Nancy Capelle, a wife and mother of two young daughters, clinically died at the age of 40. She suffered spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a condition that blocks blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm and sudden death. But thanks to the quick actions of a paramedic, she is […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, clinical trials, Dr. Sharrone Hayes, heart attack, Heart Disease, SCAD, Social Media


June 4th, 2014

Untangling a complex medical challenge

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Amy Supergan has battled a host of difficult and painful disorders. Now she’s found a way back to enjoying her life and her family. In the summer of 2013, Amy Supergan took a trip to Italy. That may not sound extraordinary, but there was a time when being able to travel and enjoy a vacation […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Dr. Daniel Lachance, Dr. Kendall Lee, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, Trigeminal Neuralgia


November 8th, 2013

Managing my multiple myeloma

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Judy Phillips found hope when hope was running out thanks to a physician willing to try new (and old) treatments, a team of “wonderful nurses,” and the “steadfast support and optimism” of her husband.    Written by Judy Phillips I am a seven-year survivor of multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Myeloma […]

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Tags: 1136, 2271, 3719, 5279, 5333, Cancer, chemotherapy, clinical trials, Dr. Keith Stewart, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, multiple myeloma, oncology research


February 3rd, 2012

Living with Cancer: Blessings and Hope Abound

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

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 age of 54 leaving behind […]

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Tags: 1136, 2246, 5239, 5275, 5279, 5333, Arizona, Cancer, clinical trials, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story, Robert Hoopes


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