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December 30, 2019

Quick Recovery From Kidney Cancer With Ablation Therapy

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A diagnosis of kidney cancer was not the news Carol Adams wanted to hear. But with the minimally invasive option offered by her Mayo care team, Carol’s cancer treatment turned out to be quick and painless. Now the diagnosis and the cancer are behind her.

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Tags: Dr. Jeremy McBride, Dr. Melissa Nissen, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Microwave ablation


December 27, 2019

Physician’s Love of Philosophy Grows Into a Passion for Helping Patients

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As a medical oncologist, Evanthia Galanis, M.D., has a simple philosophy — patients need answers quicker. Dr. Galanis brings this perspective from her research and clinical experience to her new role as Mayo Clinic’s executive dean for development, where she’s seen the impact philanthropy can have when joined with Mayo Clinic’s patient-centered values.

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Tags: Dr. Evanthia Galanis, Gene and Virus Therapy


November 27, 2019

CAR-T Versus Cancer

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Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her 40s, Tanis Milicevic tried a number of treatments to keep the disease in check. But the cancer came back. Then her Mayo Clinic care team offered Tanis a new option, and it made a world of difference.

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Tags: Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, CAR-T cell therapy, Dr. Han Tun, Dr. Mohamed Kharfan Dabaja, Dr. Yi Lin, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


November 8, 2019

Opening Doors for Cancer Research in Native American Communities

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Mayo Clinic’s 14-year partnership with Diné College has opened up opportunities for students like Corinna Sabaque to gain experience in fields where Native communities are often underrepresented and underserved. In Sabaque’s case, those opportunities launched a career in cancer research.

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Tags: Advancing the Science, Dr. Christi Patten, Dr. Gloria Petersen, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


October 30, 2019

Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care

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LeAnn Kuper couldn’t have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told it was incurable. Despite that shocking news, the upbeat interior designer was undeterred. LeAnn took her case to Mayo Clinic and found a determined physician who offered her a promising alternative.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Roger Hofer, Dr. Travis Grotz, Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy


October 28, 2019

‘Trio of Angels’ Provide Care and Comfort for Breast Cancer Patient

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Going through a medical evaluation after being diagnosed with breast cancer was a nerve-wracking experience for Traci Miller. But members of her Mayo Clinic care team quickly stepped up to calm her worries and ease her fear.

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Tags: Dr. Richard Gray, Dr. Roxanne Lorans, Ductal carcinoma in situ, Kim Dalke, Mary Ann McDonough, Mayo Clinic Breast Clinic


October 2, 2019

Overcoming Disability and Shyness While Finding Her Place

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When Taylor Sturtz first arrived at Mayo Clinic, it was as an intern in the Project Search program. Through that experience, she gained new skills and found new confidence. Today, Taylor is proud to be a Mayo Clinic employee, and she’s happy to have the opportunity to help others.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Project Search


September 27, 2019

Savoring the Many Flavors of Life After Overcoming Side Effects From Cancer Treatment

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Side effects from oral cancer treatment left Mike Serpe in terrible pain and unable to eat or drink for months. But after coming to Mayo Clinic, where he began hyperbaric oxygen therapy followed by surgery, his throat healed, and he reclaimed his love of cooking and eating.

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Price, Head and Neck Cancer Center, Head and neck surgery, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


September 23, 2019

Innovative Treatment Moves Conner Beyond Cancer

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When Conner O’Brien was faced with daunting cancer treatment options that carried long-term side effects, his doctors referred him to Mayo Clinic. Today, because of the less-invasive and targeted treatments he was offered at Mayo, Conner’s tumor is gone, and his quality of life is excellent.

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Tags: Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Safia Ahmed, Dr. Scott Okuno, Head and neck surgery, Rhabdomyosarcoma


September 20, 2019

Living His Best Life Against the Backdrop of Incurable Cancer

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When Scott Stewart learned he had a rare neuroendocrine tumor, the journey ahead of him looked frightening and difficult. But with steadfast support from an interdisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Scott now takes comfort in knowing that some of the best physicians in the world are walking the path with him.

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Tags: Department of Oncology, Dr. Timothy Hobday, Liver Transplant, Neuroendocrine tumor


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