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May 3, 2019

Sinus Surgery Renews Rebecca Bough’s Quality of Life

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Rebecca Bough had resigned herself to the fact that the chronic stuffiness and decreased senses of smell and taste she’d been living with were never going to go away. But then a Mayo Clinic care team helped change all that.

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Tags: Chronic sinusitis, Dr. Garret Choby, Dr. Linda Yin, Dr. Vivek Iyer, Nasal Polyps


April 24, 2019

Second Opinion on Salivary Gland Tumor Paves Way to Motherhood

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When Bryna Halloran was diagnosed with a salivary gland tumor that didn’t align with her age, gender or medical history, she turned to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. At Mayo, Bryna found a physician who listened to her concerns, and she was offered a treatment plan that exceeded her expectations.

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Janus, Head and neck surgery, Salivary gland tumor


April 19, 2019

Hitting the High Notes After Battling a Rare Tumor

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Mackenzie Rolison had been singing in choirs for years when she was diagnosed with a rare tumor. It required surgery that significantly affected her vocal cords. But after receiving further treatment from a multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Mackenzie was thrilled to regain her voice. Singing has always been a big part of Mackenzie Rolison’s life. […]

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Tags: Dr. Colin Driscoll, Dr. Dale Ekbom, Dr. Michael Link, Dr. Shelagh Cofer, Laryngeal reinnervation, Paragangliomas


March 4, 2019

Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

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When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal.

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Tags: Audiology team, cochlear implant, Dr. Lisa Schimmenti, Dr. Matthew Carlson, Hearing Loss, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Waardenburg syndrome


February 22, 2019

Repaired Deviated Septum is a Breath of Fresh Air

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With a deviated septum that blocked her nasal airway, Mistie Melver couldn’t breathe through her nose, and she rarely got a good night’s sleep. That changed when, after two failed surgeries, she turned to Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Mistie found a care team committed to ensuring her nasal obstruction repair was a success.

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Tags: Dr. Cassandra Puccinelli, Dr. Grant Hamilton III, Dr. Toby Weingarten, otorhinolaryngology, Septoplasty


January 31, 2019

Living and Loving Out Loud

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Affected by hearing loss for years, Jerry and Madalaine McDaniel created a world for themselves that revolved around their quiet home environment. But when the couple was offered a chance to escape the silence, they leaped at the possibility of a return to sound.

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Tags: cochlear implant, Dr. Colin Driscoll, Head and neck surgery, Meniere's disease, otorhinolaryngology


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


July 18, 2018

Prompt Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Yield Ideal Outcome

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When a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer, Lee Dueringer and his care team at Mayo Clinic embarked on a comprehensive treatment plan that quelled the disease without significantly disrupting his life.

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Tags: Proton Beam Therapy, Salivary gland tumor


June 20, 2018

A Noise-Filled Hearing Loss Journey

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Suffering from severe hearing loss and struggling to find answers, Dianne Lee Needham turned to Mayo Clinic’s Cochlear Implant Program. Here she shares in her own words how the care she received has dramatically improved her quality of life.

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Tags: cochlear implants, Dr. Amy Olund, Dr. Colin Driscoll, otorhinolaryngology


May 23, 2018

Surgery to Remove a Cyst Inspires Melissa Webb’s Future

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When Melissa Webb had an unusual cyst in her throat surgically removed at the age of 6, she had no idea how much the experience would shape the years to come.

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Tags: Dr. Laura Orvidas, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, otorhinolaryngology


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