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April 14, 2022

Georgia man with neuroendocrine cancer gains quality of life thanks to new nuclear med therapy

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Editor’s note: This story is written by Robert Sobotka, 75. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a mass on pancreas and multiple tumors in his liver. Walking up a steep and long hill in the woods behind our house in Woodstock, Georgia, I notice that Iā€™m not as short-of-breath as I used to be ā€” […]

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Tags: Dr. Jason Starr, Dr. Paz-Fumagalli, Dr. Steven Alberts, Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, liver cancer, liver tumor, MayoClinicFL, Neuroendocrine tumor, pancreas cancer, pancreas tumor, PRRT


August 8, 2021

Dancing through complex care during COVID-19

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Twin Cities journalist Sonya Goins, like so many, has been coping with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as working remotely and not being able to see family and friends. If all of that weren’t difficult enough, for the past year, she’s also been battling breast cancer and Crohn’s disease at […]

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Tags: breast cancer, COVID-19, Crohn's Disease, Dr. Karthik Giridhar, Dr. Tina Hieken, Sonya Goins


August 5, 2021

Liver transplant helps Bob Lemoine pay it forward

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

It was more than 20 years ago when former information technology manager, Bob Lemoine was diagnosed with hepatitis C and eventually, liver cancer. In September 2009, Bob was told that he had 3-6 months to live. After being referred to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, Bob got a new lease on life when on Jan. […]

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Tags: Bob Lemoine, hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL


November 3, 2020

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 ā€” 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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


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