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September 4, 2019

Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

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As a sled dog trainer, Rick Minard has faced blizzards and subzero temperatures. But those challenges paled in comparison to facing a complicated medical situation that involved brain tumors and two cancer diagnoses. He’s been able to weather it all, though, thanks to the trust he’s placed in his team at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Dan Price, Dr. Diana Dean, Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, Dr. Michael Link, Dr. W. Richard Marsh, Head and Neck Cancer Center, Head and neck surgery, Meningioma, Salivary gland tumor


August 14, 2019

From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man’s Path to Fatherhood

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As a newlywed couple trying to have a baby, Derin and Sandra Gebhardt were anxious and worried when they failed to conceive. But Mayo Clinic surgeons provided new hope after successfully removing a tumor near Derin’s brain that was the cause of their infertility and the root of his other health problems.

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Tags: Dr. Bernard Bendok, Dr. Devyani Lal, pituitary tumor


June 21, 2019

Skilled Care and Kindness Help Overcome a Rare Salivary Gland Tumor

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When Susan Roupp’s tongue began cramping, she looked to Mayo Clinic to find the cause of this strange symptom. During her care team’s investigation, they uncovered a mass in Susan’s cheek that turned out to be an aggressive cancer. In addition to being grateful for the quick diagnosis and expert care, Susan was impressed by […]

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Tags: Dr. Andrea Leep Hunderfund, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Katharine Price, Dr. Stuart McCarter, Head and neck surgery, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Salivary gland tumors


May 29, 2019

Two Cancers, One Unified Multidisciplinary Care Team

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Joyce Gabbert came to Mayo Clinic for treatment of a rare form of head and neck cancer. But she soon learned that wasn’t the only cancer diagnosis she was facing. At that point, a coordinated care team came together to create a treatment plan that put Joyce on the path to becoming cancer-free.

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Tags: Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Garret Choby, Dr. Katharine Price, Dr. Michael Link, Dr. Stephen Cassivi, head and neck cancer, Head and neck surgery, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, thoracic surgery


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


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