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Gastroenterology

September 17, 2018

Subduing Pancreatic Cancer Involves International Odyssey

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When she was 38, Radhika Sattanathan received a frightening diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Taking the advice of her physician in India, Radhika sought care halfway around the globe at Mayo Clinic. Today, she’s cancer-free.

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Tags: Dr. Michael Kendrick, Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, International Patients, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


August 29, 2018

Feasting Fear-Free

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For Knox Rhinehart, who had been plagued by chronic vomiting for years, eating was a torment to be avoided — until he met a Mayo Clinic specialist who understood that treating Knox meant treating his fear.

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Tags: Dr. Imad Absah, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Mayo Clinic Specialty Pharmacy, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology


July 6, 2018

Rising Up to Overcome an Eating Disorder

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For more than 10 years, Victoria Magnus struggled to control an eating disorder. A 2017 visit to Mayo Clinic set her on a new path. By sharing her story, Victoria hopes to help others while increasing awareness about eating disorders and the lasting consequences they can have.

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Tags: Dr. Michael Camilleri, Eating disorders, Pelvic floor dysfunction program


June 1, 2018

Facing Death and Fighting Back

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When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn’t stop him from reclaiming his health.

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Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Program, Outpatient Transplant Infection Disease Clinic, Paul Deziel, Sleeve gastrectomy surgery


May 18, 2018

A Healthier Heart and Renewed Zest for Life After Bariatric Surgery

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A host of serious medical concerns were making daily life a challenge for Robert Watts. Comprehensive care at Mayo Clinic helped him tackle each of them and successfully restored his health.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, congestive heart failure, Dr. Jorge Pascual, Dr. Mohamad Yamani, Dr. Steven Bowers, Elaine McComb, MayoClinicFL


April 6, 2018

Hospital Frequent Flyer Offers Insight to Others

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After years of medical care and multiple hospitalizations, William Bilicic decided to use his experience as a patient to offer valuable advice to other people navigating hospital stays.

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Tags: Dr Christopher Moir, Hirschsprung's disease, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital


September 18, 2017

Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

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When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health.

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Tags: Dr. Juan Carlos Leoni, Dr. Parag Patel, Dr. Victoria Gomez, Gastroenterology, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, ventricular assist device


July 31, 2017

For Jim Heinl, Fighting Cancer is a Team Effort

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With his wife by his side and a team of experts at Mayo Clinic to help him through, Jim Heinl faced down a cancer recurrence and then went back to a life focused on family.

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Tags: Dr. Thomas Byrne, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, liver cancer, Liver Transplant


May 19, 2017

Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

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Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it’s not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she’s working to help others learn more about the disease.

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Tags: Barrett's esophagus, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Dr. Herbert Wolfsen, Dr. John Odell, Dr. Michael Wallace, esophageal cancer, Gastroenterology and Hepatology


May 4, 2017

Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker

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Extra weight was ruining Scott Decker’s health and draining his bank account. Bariatric surgery helped Scott lose the weight and set the course to a healthier, happier life.  

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. David Ciresi, Mayo Clinic Health System, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Weight-loss surgery


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