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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


May 21, 2018

Mayo Clinic Staff Take on an Urgent Medical Mission

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When a Mayo Clinic surgical team learned that a child tethered to life support in a foreign country would die in a matter of days without their help, they quickly planned a multifaceted intervention.

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Tags: Carrie Gossman, Christopher McGriff, Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, otorhinolaryngology, Tracheal stenosis


May 11, 2018

Public Speaker Beats Tenacious Tongue Cancer

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When faced with an alarming diagnosis of tongue cancer that threatened not only her health but also her livelihood, Paulette Walz looked to Mayo Clinic and found the expert care she needed.

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Tags: Dr. Casler, ENT, MayoClinicFL, otorhinolaryngology, tongue, tongue cancer


April 27, 2018

Cochlear Implant Allows Judith Collins to Relish Her Life Again

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Over time, progressive hearing loss thwarted Judith Collin’s enjoyment of family, friends and activities. Now a cochlear implant has restored her ability to enthusiastically engage with the people and pastimes she loves.

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Tags: cochlear implants, Dr. Charles Beatty, Dr. Colin Driscoll, Hearing Loss, Mayo Clinic in Rochester


April 12, 2018

Retaining His Voice With Radical Treatment

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Jeff Krajacic was shocked to learn that a rare form of bone cancer was to blame for changes in his voice. He was even more stunned when he found out that the malignancy, and the problems it caused, could be treated using a piece of his ear.

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Tags: Chondrosarcoma, Dr. Eric Moore, otorhinolaryngology


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