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June 2, 2022

Mother, daughter share cancer journey twists, survivors’ advice

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Some personality traits are inherited. A child may be introverted, agreeable or meticulous like a parent. Other traits are learned, such as mannerisms, speech patterns and resilience during adversity. Resilience and strength are traits that Rae Reekie and Amy White have in common. This mother and daughter duo also live on the same street in […]

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Tags: Amy White, breast cancer, Dr. M. Kathleen Christian, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Rae Reekie


April 14, 2022

Georgia man with neuroendocrine cancer gains quality of life thanks to new nuclear med therapy

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Editor’s note: This story is written by Robert Sobotka, 75. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a mass on pancreas and multiple tumors in his liver. Walking up a steep and long hill in the woods behind our house in Woodstock, Georgia, I notice that Iā€™m not as short-of-breath as I used to be ā€” […]

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Tags: Dr. Jason Starr, Dr. Paz-Fumagalli, Dr. Steven Alberts, Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, liver cancer, liver tumor, MayoClinicFL, Neuroendocrine tumor, pancreas cancer, pancreas tumor, PRRT


April 4, 2022

Innovative program enables patients who are obese to get kidney transplants

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

For many patients seeking kidney transplant, obesity is a barrier. Body mass index (BMI) is a traditional criterion for transplant, and a large portion of potential kidney transplant recipients currently have BMIs above the cutoff. Two physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are paving the way to transplant for patients with higher BMIs. Patients, […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Aleksandra Kukla, Dr. Ty Diwan, kidney transplant, nephrology, PKD, Polycystic kidney disease, Wells Larsen


March 28, 2022

The nurse at the piano and a story of hope

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

There are times when the hustle and bustle in the Nathan Landow Atrium of the Gonda Building at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, comes to a standstill. An audible hush gives way to a melody of lush chords and notes wafting from the grand piano. Mayo Clinic’s own Genaida Benson, a nurse in radiology is […]

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Tags: Genaida Benson, Gonda Piano, liver cancer, music is medicine, Verlyn Benson


March 21, 2022

Cancer survivor walks on the sunny side of the street

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When you meet Jennie Spencer, be prepared to chat, answer questions about yourself and your family, and make a new friend. By any measure, the 66-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and leukemia survivor from Forest City, Iowa, is truly a warm and remarkable person. Having previously been diagnosed and treated for a rare genetic migraine condition […]

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Tags: Cancer survivor, Jennie Spencer, Leukemia, lymphoblastic leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 14, 2022

3-year-old takes on rare cancer with a little help from his friends

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Proton beam therapy benefits patients with tumors located next to critical organs with potentially fewer severe side effects and complications, compared to other forms of radiation therapy. This is especially important for children with cancer ā€• children like 3-year-old Rhett Flaten who in May became the 5,000th patient to receive the cutting-edge treatment since the […]

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Tags: Dr. Safia Ahmed, Ewing Sarcoma, Katie Flaten, Kyle Flaten, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Proton Beam Therapy, Rhett Flaten


January 23, 2022

A third chance for a young breast cancer patient

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Breast cancer does not discriminate ā€• a truth that a young Florida woman knows three times over. While in college, Jessica Florence found a lump on her right breast. The 21-year-old initially did not believe what she found was serious until she was in pain and experiencing other symptoms. “When I think of breast cancer, […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Sabrina Sahni, Jessica Florence, Mayo Clinic in Florida


January 13, 2022

Glimmer of Hope: Gregor Heinrich

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

While Gregor Heinrich never could have imagined that testicular cancer was related to his problems with vision and gait, learning he was positive for KLHL11 protein biomarkers meant he could receive treatment for both the cancer and the illness behind it. When Gregor Heinrich visited Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2019 seeking a second […]

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Tags: Dr. Divyanshu Dubey, Dr. John Mills, Dr. Sean PIttock, Dr. Sebastian Lopez, Gregor Heinrich, KLHL11, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, neurology, Testicular Cancer


December 26, 2021

A new lease on life thanks to research into rare neurodegenerative disease

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

The changes were subtle at first. “Almost unnoticeable,” says Lisa Miller, remembering the symptoms that seemed to appear suddenly in late 2017. At a friend’s wedding, the Front Royal, Virginia, project engineer remembers falling out of her shoes. “My left heel kept coming out from my shoes,” she says. She chalked it up to too […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, CSF1R-related leukoencephalopathy, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek, Lisa Miller, MayoClinicFL, neurodegenerative disease, neurology


December 16, 2021

Providing inspiration following cancer diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

For Kelly McDonell, the pain began in January 2020. The 49-year-old teacher and mother of two, knew something was amiss. A scan identified several lesions on her spleen, although McDonell’s physician was not too worried. Soon, McDonell found herself at the emergency room “in the worst pain ever,” she says. “I thought my spleen had […]

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Tags: diffused large b cell lymphoma, Kelly McDonell, lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida


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