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December 23, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Innovative transplant offers hope for patient with rare autoimmune disorder, few options

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Faced with a condition that has no cure and few treatment options, Chris Ryals turned to Mayo Clinic in Florida for an answer. An innovative transplant essentially reversed his symptoms and gave him hope. As a career military man, Chris Ryals was used to being physically active. The Air Force master sergeant ran regularly, visited […]

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Tags: Dr. Andy Abril, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Dr. Roxana Dronca, Scleroderma


March 4, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Back to the Drawing Table, Thanks to Individualized Care for Blood Cancer

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The medication Jim Robinson took to treat his leukemia triggered side effects that kept him from the art he loves. So his Mayo care team stepped in to ensure Jim was not only in remission from the cancer, but that he also could get back to the hobby that has brought great meaning to his […]

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Tags: Chronic myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


January 24, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Leaning on One Another — and Mayo Clinic — to Fight Two Difficult Diseases

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When Bob and Kelly Rodenberg wed 10 years ago, they hadn’t a clue how their pledge to love one another through sickness and health would play out. But when they both developed incurable illnesses, their vows took on greater significance. Today, thanks to the work of committed Mayo Clinic care teams, the pair continues to […]

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Tags: Dr. Angela Dispenzieri, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Michael Ruff, glioblastoma, POEMS


January 10, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa’s Rare Cancer

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Alexa Lofaro spent six months taking medications for a condition she didn’t have. Once she arrived at Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team specializing in her disease not only provided the right diagnosis, but also conducted the genetic testing necessary to find the right medication for her.

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Tags: Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology, Dr. Jason Young, Dr. Karen Rech, Dr. Ronald Go, Dr. W. Oliver Tobin


November 27, 2019 · Leave a Comment

CAR-T Versus Cancer

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Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her 40s, Tanis Milicevic tried a number of treatments to keep the disease in check. But the cancer came back. Then her Mayo Clinic care team offered Tanis a new option, and it made a world of difference.

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Tags: Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, CAR-T cell therapy, Dr. Han Tun, Dr. Mohamed Kharfan Dabaja, Dr. Yi Lin, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


June 28, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Genetic Test Solves Mystery of Family Bleeding Disorder

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When a problem with low blood platelet counts surfaced in three generations of the Riggs family, Mayo Clinic doctors went to work to discover what was causing the disorder. Genetic testing revealed the answer, and now, armed with that information, the family is moving forward with confidence.

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Tags: Dr. Mrinal Patnaik, Genetic testing, Von Willebrand disease, Whole-exome sequencing


June 5, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma

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Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. After having only a partial response to the treatment she was on when she lived in Idaho, she moved to Florida and began a different treatment regimen at Mayo Clinic. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment as part […]

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Tags: Bone Marrow Transplant program, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, multiple myeloma


April 22, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Comprehensive Care for a Complex Diagnosis Offers New Hope

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When Travis Morris first came to Mayo Clinic, he had no explanation for the debilitating symptoms that had brought him to Rochester, Minnesota. By the time he left, however, Travis not only had a diagnosis, he had a treatment plan that’s now helping to significantly improve his quality of life.

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Tags: Bone Marrow Transplant program, Dr. Francis Buadi, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, multiple myeloma, POEMS syndrome, stem cell transplant


October 15, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Surviving and Thriving After Life-Threatening Illnesses

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Within the past six years, Devender Tulla developed two serious conditions that could have ended badly for the politician from India. But thanks to his Mayo Clinic care team, Devender was able to fight back. Now he’s returned to work representing his constituents.

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Tags: Dr. Allen Aksamit, Dr. Fredric Meyer, Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, Dr. Stephen Ansell, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


April 24, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Doctor Looks to His Alma Mater to Fight a Rare Disease

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As a medical student, Dr. James Stewart was eager to learn to help others. But he was unaware of just how valuable his Mayo Clinic education eventually would be to his own health.  

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Tags: Chronic kidney disease, Department of Hematology, Dr. David Dingli, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Monoclonal gammopathy, Nephrology and Hypertension


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