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Hematology

November 27th, 2017

Finding Blessings in My Battle With Leukemia

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Janie Magruder reflects on her cancer diagnosis and treatment, including a crucial stem cell donation from an unlikely source that helped to save her life.

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Tags: acute myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Jeanne Palmer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, stem cell transplant


August 21st, 2017

Beating the Odds Against a Deadly Cancer

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Laughing often, listening to his physicians and receiving monthly chemotherapy have helped Clyde Erickson thrive while dealing with acute myelogenous leukemia.

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Tags: acute myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Aref Al-Kali, hematology, Leukemia


June 6th, 2017

From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

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After receiving a surprising diagnosis, Patty Brown navigated her multiple myeloma treatment with support, guidance and care from her Mayo Clinic team — and a few pancakes.

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Dr. Keith Stewart, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, multiple myeloma


October 15th, 2016

‘Excited About the Future Because I Have a Future’ — Finding an Answer Through Gene Sequencing

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For 22 years, South Carolina native Brentney Simon and her family thought she was living with a fatal mitochondrial disease. From the time she was born, Brentney has faced a host of medical concerns. At first, her doctors didn’t think she would walk or talk. Brentney proved them wrong. But over the years, she struggled […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, Gene Sequencing


July 1st, 2016

Remembrance Events at Mayo Clinic Give Family Time to Reflect and Share

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Carol Mannell remembers her younger sister, Kathy VanHulle, as a woman who loved meeting new people and having fun. Carol recalls how, despite being in the midst of receiving care for a serious illness when she was at Mayo Clinic, Kathy would take time to strike up conversations with people sitting next to her in […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Litzow, Hematology Oncology, Mayo Medical School, Mayo School of Health Sciences


May 16th, 2016

Florida Chef Finds Expertise to Manage Rare Disease, Get His Life Back

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When 67-year-old Stefan Gyorkos of St. Augustine, Florida, noticed swelling in his feet several years ago, he didn’t think much of it. After all, as chef at a local golf and country club, he is on his feet for hours at a time. That seemingly innocent ailment, however, would eventually lead to a series of […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Florida Campus


March 2nd, 2016

Resilient Young Woman Finds Hope Despite Hurdles, Shares Story at Fiesta Bowl

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Megan LaChance used to dream of being a successful business woman. But a series of events, medical and otherwise, led her on a different path – an educational path that culminated with her sharing her surprising story at the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on Jan. 1, 2016. Even though she’s just 24 years old, Megan […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bone cancer, Dr. Kelly Curtis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome


February 19th, 2016

Many Hands Make Hopeful Work for Nielsen Boys

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“There is something wrong” are words no expectant parent ever wants to hear. And for Ryan and Kathy Nielsen, they came just 20 weeks into Kathy’s first pregnancy. The couple was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their child and had been busy getting their home ready. Then, doctors diagnosed their unborn son, Aaron, with congenital […]

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Tags: Be the Match, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Shakila Khan, Neonatal Intensive Care, Transplant, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome


November 3rd, 2015

Bone Marrow Transplant Is Answer for Mom of Seven Battling Aplastic Anemia

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When her doctors suspected Kristen Soley had aplastic anemia, a rare condition in which the body stops making enough new blood cells, she says something told her to call Mayo Clinic. Aplastic anemia carries with it a high risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding. It can develop at any age and can occur suddenly. In […]

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Tags: Aplastic Anemia, bone marrow transplant, Dr. David Rosenman, Dr. William Hogan, hematology


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