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February 17, 2022

An eye on the future

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Editor’s note: This story was written by patient Marge Cabanski. I am Marge Cabanski, and at 74 years old in November 2020, I began experiencing eye irritation. It was diagnosed as Graves’ disease. Though I had had my thyroid irradiated in 2017, an autoimmune reaction within my body led to a further diagnosis of severe […]

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Tags: Dr. Ahmed Sheikh, Dr. Janalee Stokken, Dr. Lilly Wagner, Dr. Linda Yin, Dr. Marius Stan, Graves disease, Marge Cabanski, orbital decompression, Thyroid Eye Disease


December 23, 2021

Upper airway stimulation therapy restores couple’s restful nights

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Many mornings, Jerry Wojtkiewicz woke up more tired than when he went to bed. So did his wife, Sally Wojtkiewicz. Jerry was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in 2016, but he had never adjusted to his continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, getting tangled in the hose and constantly fighting with the mask. “I don’t […]

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Tags: Dr. Christopher Williams, Dr. Patrick Shinners, Jerry Wojtkiewicz, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, obstructive sleep apnea, Sally Wojtkiewicz


May 27, 2021

Hyperbaric treatment speeds healing after cleft palate surgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Before Kael Jaeger was born, his 20-week ultrasound revealed to his parents, Jacy and Jesse Jaeger, that he had a cleft lip and palate. As the couple adjusted to this new reality, his care team stepped up and created a plan for repairing this common birth defect. A cleft lip and palate are openings or […]

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Tags: cleft lip and palate, Dr. Shelagh Cofer, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Jacy Jaeger, Jesse Jaeger, Kael Jaeger


September 27, 2019

Savoring the Many Flavors of Life After Overcoming Side Effects From Cancer Treatment

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Side effects from oral cancer treatment left Mike Serpe in terrible pain and unable to eat or drink for months. But after coming to Mayo Clinic, where he began hyperbaric oxygen therapy followed by surgery, his throat healed, and he reclaimed his love of cooking and eating.

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Price, Head and Neck Cancer Center, Head and neck surgery, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


September 23, 2019

Innovative Treatment Moves Conner Beyond Cancer

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When Conner O’Brien was faced with daunting cancer treatment options that carried long-term side effects, his doctors referred him to Mayo Clinic. Today, because of the less-invasive and targeted treatments he was offered at Mayo, Conner’s tumor is gone, and his quality of life is excellent.

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Tags: Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Safia Ahmed, Dr. Scott Okuno, Head and neck surgery, Rhabdomyosarcoma


September 4, 2019

Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


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