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January 31, 2020

Breathing Easy After New Technology Offers a Path to Lung Transplant

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Chuck Boetsch’s long journey to a successful lung transplant came to an end with a deep breath. That welcome breath was made possible by new technology that’s making more lungs available for transplantation.

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Tags: Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Si Pham, Lung Transplant Program, Pulmonary Fibrosis


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


November 20, 2019

Taking Life One Easy Breath at a Time

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When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD.

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Tags: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, Dr. Mark Wylam, Dr. Richard Daly, Lung Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


October 22, 2018

Breathing Easier After Getting the Right Diagnosis

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Diagnosed with asthma, 12-year-old Ben Anderson was plagued with a chronic cough. For more than two years, his mother searched for an explanation for her son’s troubling symptoms until she found a Mayo Clinic physician who offered concrete answers.

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Tags: Asthma, Bronchiectasis, bronchoscopy, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Dr. Nadir Demirel, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pulmonary Function Lab, Pulmonary Medicine, Tracheomalacia


July 9, 2018

A Sister’s Love Saves A Life

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As a lifelong smoker, Sue Franken had resigned herself to the unhealthy habit. But that changed when Sue followed through on a promise she made to her sister.

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Tags: CT scan, Dr. David Midthun, Dr. Shanda Blackmon, lung cancer, Lung Cancer Screening, Nicotine Dependence Center, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, thoracic surgery, varenicline


April 18, 2018

Complex Surgery Saves a Life and a Lung

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Ken Settlemire’s lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic involved an intricate surgical procedure that eliminated the cancer while removing the smallest amount of lung tissue necessary.

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Tags: Dr. Ian Makey, lung cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL, Pulmonary Medicine


February 26, 2018

Breathing Easier With Innovative Technology

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When a viral infection spiraled into a medical emergency that put Michele Asberry’s ability to breathe at risk, critical care specialists at Mayo Clinic used cutting-edge technology to save her life.

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Tags: acute respiratory distress syndrome, Critical Care Medicine, Dr. John Moss, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, MayoClinicFL


November 7, 2017

Breathing Easier After Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

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Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong’s quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle.

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Tags: Ann Rufledt, Cardiac Center, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Dr. Fearghas O'Cochlain, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, Valve Evaluation Clinic


August 25, 2017

Pushing Forward Despite a Serious Lung Condition

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Being diagnosed with a rare, incurable lung disease, known as LAM, has slowed Angela Tewksbury down, but she’s not out. By sharing her story, the Mayo Clinic microbiologist hopes to shed light on this uncommon disorder, so others can get prompt diagnosis and treatment.

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Tags: Dr. Jay Ryu, Dr. Ramachandra Sista, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thoracic Diseases


July 17, 2017

The Sky’s the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

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Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future.

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Francisco Alvarez, lung transplant, Lung Transplant Program, organ donation


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