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November 3, 2020

Why James Benjamin is grateful for popcorn, video connections, robotic surgery and Dr. Pate

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James Benjamin has found a reason to be grateful in each step of his unexpected path to Mayo Clinic and a better option to recover from surgery for kidney cancer. After talking with James Benjamin, you learn that he is a very grateful man. First off, James, of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, is grateful for popcorn. […]

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Tags: Center for Connected Care, Dr. Scott Pate, Dr. Steve Ommen, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Robotic Surgery


February 24, 2020

Reinvigorated After Celiac Disease Diagnosis

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Michelle Swosinski was beginning to think she’d never be rid of her chronic abdominal pain. Years of fruitlessly searching for medical help had left the young woman feeling ignored and frustrated. That all changed when Michelle sought care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where her medical team was committed to finding […]

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Tags: Celiac Disease, Dr. Christian Mendez, Dr. Donald Weber, Gluten-free diets, Jennifer Motto, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


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


October 30, 2019

Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care

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LeAnn Kuper couldn’t have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told it was incurable. Despite that shocking news, the upbeat interior designer was undeterred. LeAnn took her case to Mayo Clinic and found a determined physician who offered her a promising alternative.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Roger Hofer, Dr. Travis Grotz, Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy


October 7, 2019

Freed From Debilitating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Marissa Russo has been battling symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease for half her life. When a flare-up that lasted several months had her confined to bed and barely able to function, she turned to the expertise of Mayo Clinic for a new approach to treatment.

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Tags: Crohn's Disease, Dr. Michael Picco, Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis


September 30, 2019

Energized and Excited After Precision Care Relieves Puzzling Problem

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These days, Molly Hanson feels awesome. Free from pain, she’s now eager to get back into her life. Molly’s energy today stands in stark contrast to how she felt a year ago — before she visited Mayo Clinic and learned an undiagnosed medical condition was to blame for many of her debilitating symptoms.

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Tags: Chronic pelvic pain, Dr. Grace Knuttinen, Dr. Paul Snyder, Dr. Tonia Young-Fadok, Postural tachycardia syndrome


July 15, 2019

Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness

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Billy Dowell Jr. was working toward a goal of playing professional golf when his body betrayed him. He was beset by several autoimmune disorders that left him overwhelmed. With consistent, comprehensive support from his Mayo Clinic Care team, however, not only has Billy gotten his conditions under control, he’s successfully returned to golfing.

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Tags: Ankylosing spondylitis, Dr. John Cangemi, Dr. Ronald Butendieck Jr., Inflammatory bowel disease, Ophthalmology


July 8, 2019

Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

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When Mike DiGennaro was diagnosed with stage 1 esophageal cancer, he wanted a minimally invasive treatment option. He found that, and more, at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. Prasad Iyer, Endoscopic mucosal resection, esophageal cancer, Kristyn Maixner


June 12, 2019

Careful Evaluation, Compassionate Care Solve Distressing Digestive Problems

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Severe digestive issues had disrupted Lynda Rassbach’s daily life and forced her to miss out on meaningful events with her family. After a series of confusing diagnoses, she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she received answers and treatment that restored her freedom.

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Tags: Digestive health, Dr. Jorge Machicado, Judy Nichols, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, ulcerative colitis


March 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

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A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson’s weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Basel Sharaf, Dr. Jennifer Radtke, Dr. Kurt Kennel, Dr. Michael Kendrick, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Sleeve gastrectomy


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