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July 12th, 2017

Mesothelioma Patient Finds Complex, Comprehensive Answer

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A frightening diagnosis of mesothelioma brought Sally Kirkvold to Mayo Clinic. To her great relief, the prompt and thorough care she received put the cancer into remission, allowing her to turn her attention back to normal life.

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Tags: Cancer, Dr. Helen Ross, Dr. Staci Beamer, Dr. Terence Sio, Medical Oncology, Mesothelioma, Proton Beam Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Village at Mayo Clinic


October 11th, 2016

Teen Finds a Positive Way Forward After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis

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When he was born 13 years ago, Connor Johnson was a “miracle baby,’ according to his parents. Kathleen and Curtiss Johnson had struggled for years to become and stay pregnant. They had given up hope, when they discovered they were nearly four months along. The miracle of Connor’s life took on new poignancy in the […]

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Tags: Dr. Amulya Nageswara Rao, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, medulloblastoma, Proton Beam Therapy


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


July 23rd, 2016

‘All We Want Is for Evie to Reach 100 Percent of Her Potential’

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The night before 8-year-old Evie McLeish’s brain surgery, her Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon David Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., told her parents, “I don’t want you to think of this as the end. This is just the beginning of a marathon.” The procedure was the start of Evie’s long-term care plan for treatment of a brain tumor. Along […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Dr. David Daniels, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Medullablastoma, Proton Beam Therapy


June 25th, 2016

‘How’d We Get So Lucky?’ — Proton Beam Therapy Available at the Right Time for Jackson

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For two weeks, 14-year-old Jackson Fisher was plagued by headaches, double-vision, nausea and weight loss. His parents, Michelle and Patrick Fisher, weren’t sure what was wrong. But when Jackson came home one evening completely exhausted after lacrosse practice, they decided it was time to find out what was going on. The next day, they took […]

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Tags: Dr. Amulya Nageswara Rao, Dr. David Daniels, Dr. Nadia Laack, Nancy Heinzelman, Proton Beam Therapy, Randy McKeeman


May 31st, 2016

Mayo Physician Is One of the First Proton Beam Patients in Arizona

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People often don’t hear the phrase, “You are the most important person in my life today,” especially from those other than family. However, Leslie Milde, M.D., has heard it often — from her patients. She is well aware of the significance of her role in the operating room, and the apprehension felt by patients about […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Leslie Milde, Dr. Naresh Patel, Dr. Sujay Vora, oncology, Proton Beam Therapy, radiation therapy, Spinal Meningioma


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


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