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Stories from patients, family, friends and Mayo Clinic staff


September 22, 2022

“Given a shot” to beat an aggressive cancer

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Near the end of 2021, Lisa Hocking developed symptoms of head congestion, sinus pressure and headaches. After taking antibiotics for what was thought to be sinusitis didn’t ease her symptoms, she underwent a CT. The CT revealed a mass that extended from her sinuses through the base of her skull adjacent to her brain.  With […]

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Tags: Dr. Garret Choby, Dr. Harry Fuentes Bayne, Dr. Jamie Van Gompel, Lisa Hocking, sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma, SNUC

September 8, 2022

Surprise wedding shower 1,000 miles from home

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Every day, people receive cancer care in the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. While administering chemo, radiation or preparing a patient for surgery, the care team is quick to provide a listening ear, warm hugs, blankets and caring smiles for patients. In July, the care team […]

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Tags: bone cancer, Dr. Scott Okuno, Osteosarcoma, Thresa Pattee

September 1, 2022

Dawn’s Journey: Overcoming a near-zero survival rate

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Dawn Botsford was sitting in a chair at the hair salon in 2011 when her hairdresser commented on a spot on the top of her head. It was bug season in North Dakota, so Dawn didn’t think much of it. “When I told my hairdresser that, she said, ‘I really think you need to get […]

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Tags: Dawns Botsford, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Robert McWilliams, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, Dr. Svetomir Markovic, Immunotherapy, melanoma, Tom Botsford

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 I’m not as short-of-breath as I used to be — […]

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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 ― 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 ― 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

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