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December 10, 2018

Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring

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  When Nicole Eisenmann and Mike Loggie became engaged, they held out hope for a dream wedding. When that day was repeatedly postponed due to Nicole’s lengthy cancer treatment, the couple decided to stop planning and embrace the present instead.

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Tags: Dr. Ivy Petersen, Dr. Narjust Duma, Dr. Shanda Blackmon, Dr. Travis Grotz, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology, Sarcoma Tumor Review Board, Soft tissue sarcoma, thoracic surgery


November 16, 2018

Video Gives Patient With Tonsil Cancer Perspective, Hope

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Linda had been diagnosed with HPV-related tonsil cancer. When she came upon a video on social media featuring two Mayo Clinic doctors discussing an innovative treatment for the disease, the Georgia woman felt she’d been thrown a lifeline.

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Ma, Dr. Eric Moore, HPV, Oropharyngeal Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, Tonsil Cancer


November 14, 2018

Finding Breast Cancer Sooner

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Jan Jenswold wasn’t concerned when she went in for her annual mammogram. Then the test picked up something suspicious, and a follow-up found that Jan had breast cancer. But the early diagnosis brought with it an optimistic prognosis. Today, with her cancer in the past, Jan now encourages others to make mammograms a priority.

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Tags: 3D Mammograms, breast cancer, Dr. Megan Meyers, HERS Breast Center, Mayo Clinic Health System


October 29, 2018

Anyone With Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer

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As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari’s daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through a tough diagnosis, she was the one facing cancer.

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Tags: Dr. Catherine Madaffari, Dr. Mathew Thomas, lung cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


October 17, 2018

Living to the Fullest With Advanced Ovarian Cancer

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A diagnosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer sent shock waves through Michelle Messer’s world. But prompt treatment and a comprehensive care plan have seen her through. Now five years after that initial diagnosis, Michelle is savoring each day.

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Tags: Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center, Dr. Carrie Langstraat, Dr. Francis Nichols, Dr. Sandeep Basu, Dr. Suzette Peltier, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Ovarian Cancer


September 28, 2018

Three Cancers, One Team Approach

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When Donald Brotzman was diagnosed with three separate cancers at once, his Mayo Clinic care team crafted a comprehensive treatment plan that addressed all of Donald’s medical concerns in a coordinated, compassionate way.

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Tags: Bladder Cancer, Colon Cancer, Dr. Robert Cima, Dr. Robert McWilliams, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, lung cancer


September 17, 2018

Subduing Pancreatic Cancer Involves International Odyssey

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When she was 38, Radhika Sattanathan received a frightening diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Taking the advice of her physician in India, Radhika sought care halfway around the globe at Mayo Clinic. Today, she’s cancer-free.

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Tags: Dr. Michael Kendrick, Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, International Patients, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


September 6, 2018

Lung Screening Leads to Timely Cancer Care

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Participating in a lung screening research study at Mayo Clinic paved the way for early diagnosis and prompt treatment of lung cancer for Richard Jarvis.

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Tags: Dr. Karen Swanson, Dr. Staci Beamer, Dr. Steven Ressler, lung cancer, Lynda Facchiano, Pulmonary Medicine


August 31, 2018

Colon Cancer Treatment Provides More Time to Celebrate the Everyday

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Diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, Amy Figgs was told there was little that could be done. Unwilling to accept that, Amy sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. There her care team crafted a treatment plan that has renewed her hope for the future.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Amit Merchea, Dr. Justin Burns, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL


August 24, 2018

Envisioning a Future Without Breast Cancer

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With coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team and participation in a research clinical trial, Stacy Hanson is successfully combating a daunting breast cancer diagnosis.

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Tags: breast cancer, clinical trials, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Laura Vallow, Dr. Sarah McLaughlin, Dr. Sarvam TerKonda, Dr. Tri Dinh, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL, Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health


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