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May 22, 2020

Grateful for ‘world-class’ care to treat lung cancer during COVID-19 pandemic

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Sheila Piper was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was able to safely receive the medical care she needed at Mayo Clinic thanks to measures in place to protect patients and staff. Sheila Piper considers herself blessed. She has a wonderful family that includes Ron, her husband of […]

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March 20, 2020

Genetic Counseling Guides Informed Health Decisions

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Knowledge is power. That’s Rose Boettcher’s philosophy. Genetic counseling helped this three-time cancer survivor make decisions about her health care. Her test results also have inspired her to advocate for her family’s health and well-being.

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Tags: Dr. Eyad Sufian Al-Hattab, Genetic testing, Katie Plamann, Lynch Syndrome, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


March 18, 2020

Expert Care Tackles Daunting Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

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With a grim prognosis of advanced pancreatic cancer, Dr. Jim Smith had little hope for his future. That is, until he met a team of Mayo Clinic cancer specialists, whose experience and expertise set Jim on a treatment path that led him to a place of hope and healing.

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Tags: Dr. David Nagorney, Dr. Keith Bible, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


March 13, 2020

Car Accident Leads to Lifesaving Kidney Cancer Surgery

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The car-bike accident Gary Pettis was involved in on Nov. 19, 2019, could have ended his life. But the accident led to an unexpected kidney cancer diagnosis and surgery at Mayo Clinic that saved Gary’s life instead.

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Tags: Dr. Paul Williams, Dr. R. Houston Thompson, Dr. Vignesh Packiam, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato


March 6, 2020

Harnessing Love and Gratitude to Combat an Aggressive Brain Tumor

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Mary Jane Moline has never been one to shy away from a challenge. So when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor, she was ready to face her treatment head-on. For Mary Jane, that has meant embracing with enthusiasm all of the therapy her Mayo Clinic care team has offered. Mary Jane Moline, an […]

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Tags: Brain Tumor Program, clinical trials, Dr. Michael Ruff, Dr. Ross Puffer, Dr. Scott Lester, Proton Beam Therapy Program


March 4, 2020

Back to the Drawing Table, Thanks to Individualized Care for Blood Cancer

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The medication Jim Robinson took to treat his leukemia triggered side effects that kept him from the art he loves. So his Mayo care team stepped in to ensure Jim was not only in remission from the cancer, but that he also could get back to the hobby that has brought great meaning to his […]

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Tags: Chronic myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 14, 2020

Palliative Care Helps Cancer Survivor Put an End to Severe Nausea

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After eight months of unrelenting nausea, David Dean was miserable and nothing seemed to help. Then a Mayo Clinic palliative care specialist took another look and recommended a new medication. That eliminated the nausea and enabled the former triathlete to once again exercise, travel and do the things that make his life full.

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Tags: Dr. Maisha Robinson, Dr. Rami Manochakian, Palliative care


February 5, 2020

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Yields Outstanding Outcome

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When Rita Krueger found out she had pancreatic cancer, the outlook seemed bleak. Then she met a Mayo Clinic physician who was willing to go beyond the standard treatment to achieve remarkable results.

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Tags: Biopsy, chemotherapy, CT scan, diabetes, Dr. Mark Truty, Endoscopy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MRI, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis, PET scan


January 27, 2020

Innovative Therapy Improves Lives of People With Neuroendocrine Tumors

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When Jay Elsten’s neuroendocrine tumors no longer were responding to traditional treatment, Mayo Clinic offered him a recently approved nuclear medicine therapy. And it worked. Within a week, Jay’s symptoms were gone.

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Tags: Dr. Geoffrey Johnson, Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, Neuroendocrine tumor, Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, Rachel Eiring


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


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