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June 10, 2019

Changing Careers After Cancer Treatment to Make a Difference for Others

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After going through a demanding regimen of cancer treatment, Jay Masters decided he wanted to use the experience to help others facing difficult health challenges. So he quit his job and came to work for Mayo Clinic. Editor’s note: When Jay Masters first came to Mayo Clinic, he was a patient receiving a difficult diagnosis […]

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Tags: Dr. Eric Moore, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology


June 5, 2019

Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma

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Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. After having only a partial response to the treatment she was on when she lived in Idaho, she moved to Florida and began a different treatment regimen at Mayo Clinic. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment as part […]

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Tags: Bone Marrow Transplant program, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, multiple myeloma


May 29, 2019

Two Cancers, One Unified Multidisciplinary Care Team

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Joyce Gabbert came to Mayo Clinic for treatment of a rare form of head and neck cancer. But she soon learned that wasn’t the only cancer diagnosis she was facing. At that point, a coordinated care team came together to create a treatment plan that put Joyce on the path to becoming cancer-free.

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Tags: Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Garret Choby, Dr. Katharine Price, Dr. Michael Link, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, head and neck cancer, Head and neck surgery, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, thoracic surgery


May 24, 2019

Life After Colorectal Cancer: Music, Comfort and Ostomies

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In 2016, life became painful and chaotic for Sam Anderson when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and then suffered a medical error during treatment. After that, Sam and his wife took matters into their own hands. At Mayo Clinic, the pair discovered a team of physicians that calmed their worries and restored normalcy.

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Tags: Colorectal cancer care, Dr. Boyd Viers, Dr. John Pemberton, Ostomy


May 6, 2019

Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

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When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options.

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Tri Dinh, Gynecologic cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Ovarian cancer care


April 5, 2019

Difficult Diagnosis Inspires Corinne Berg to Empower Others

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Corinne Berg was a little girl when she saw firsthand the devastating effects that breast cancer had on her family. Read the story of how Berg learned of her own risk for breast cancer and how she has used that experience to educate herself and others.

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Tags: BRCA mutation, breast cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program


March 27, 2019

New Outlook, New Career Path After Beating Colon Cancer

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In April 2018, Evan Beard received the shocking news that he had colon cancer. Evan’s local doctor referred him to Mayo Clinic where a multidisciplinary team and the right combination of chemotherapy and surgery made it possible for the young father to beat his daunting diagnosis.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Dorin Colibaseanu, Dr. Kristopher Croome, Dr. Pashtoon Kasi, Mangurian Building, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 22, 2019

Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

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When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she’s sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor.

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Tags: Cervical cancer, Dr. Harshita Paripati, Dr. Javier Magrina, Dr. Sujay Vora, Gynecologic Oncology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 18, 2019

Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

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Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven’t been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she’s received from her Mayo team.

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. M. Kathleen Christian, Dr. Matthew Sherrill, Dr. Paula Gill, Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center in La Crosse


March 8, 2019

Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

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When Bruce McVety’s prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn’t available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health.

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Tags: Choline C-11 PET scan, Dr. C. Richard Choo, Dr. Eugene Kwon, Prostate Cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology, Urology


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