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March 13, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Car Accident Leads to Lifesaving Kidney Cancer Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

The car-bike accident Gary Pettis was involved in on Nov. 19, 2019, could have ended his life. But the accident led to an unexpected kidney cancer diagnosis and surgery at Mayo Clinic that saved Gary’s life instead.

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Tags: Dr. Paul Williams, Dr. R. Houston Thompson, Dr. Vignesh Packiam, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato


January 6, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Back in Control After Successful Incontinence Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

For years, Roxann Neumann, kept spare clothes in her car and desk for the days when incontinence got the best of her. But after an innovative surgery that resets the nerve signals between the brain, bladder and bowel, Roxann’s incontinence has improved immensely, and the extra clothing is back in her closet.

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Tags: Dr. Brian Linder, Dr. Marvin Vaughan, Overactive bladder, Urinary incontinence, Urogynecology


May 24, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Life After Colorectal Cancer: Music, Comfort and Ostomies

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

In 2016, life became painful and chaotic for Sam Anderson when he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and then suffered a medical error during treatment. After that, Sam and his wife took matters into their own hands. At Mayo Clinic, the pair discovered a team of physicians that calmed their worries and restored normalcy.

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Tags: Colorectal cancer care, Dr. Boyd Viers, Dr. John Pemberton, Ostomy


March 8, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When Bruce McVety’s prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn’t available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health.

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Tags: Choline C-11 PET scan, Dr. C. Richard Choo, Dr. Eugene Kwon, Prostate Cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology, Urology


April 30, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Worries Behind Him, Mountain Biker is Back to Tackling Trails

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

A mountain bike accident triggered a chain of events that led Joel Pankow to seek treatment at Mayo Clinic for a kidney tumor he believed to be cancer. To his great relief, Joel’s care team found he didn’t have cancer after all. Here Joel shares his Mayo Clinic experience in his own words.

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Tags: benign oncocytoma, Concierge Services, Dr. Bradley Leibovich, Dr. George Chow, Dr. Misty Radosevich, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, partial nephrectomy, renal cell carcinoma, Urology


November 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Josh Russell Faces His Toughest Battle

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Josh Russell spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. But he says his toughest battle took place years after he left the military. In early 2011, Josh noticed a bump in his stomach around his navel. He thought the bump was a hernia, and his doctor initially agreed. Josh was scheduled for surgery, but […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, Dr. Bradley Leibovich, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Testicular Cancer, Urology


October 2, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Orchestrating Cancer Treatment Not An Obstacle For International Musician

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Alvaro Gomez knows people in several continents and has access to health care in the U.S., Chile and Europe. When the Central Florida resident faced a prostate cancer diagnosis, he polled his acquaintances and doctors near and far and came up with one answer: Mayo Clinic. “I was fortunate that after taking into account the […]

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Tags: Central Florida, Dr. Wehle, Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL, minimally invasive surgery, Orlando, Prostate Cancer, prostatectomy, Robotic Surgery


March 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Pleased Patient Shows Enduring Gratitude with Tattoo

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

David Prochello is no stranger to getting tattoos. He builds custom choppers, he has tats on his arms and a large one on his upper back inscribed: “I am my own role model.” So when Prochello, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota,  received drug therapy and surgery at Mayo Clinic to treat kidney cancer, he felt […]

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Tags: 1136, 2802, 5327, 5335, David Prochello, Dr. Leibovich, kidney cancer, Surgery, tattoo, tumor


February 6, 2013 · Leave a Comment

After Bladder Cancer, this 19-Year-Old Girl gets a New Bladder

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

In the fall of 2004, Devi Chettiar was a healthy, active college student. Living in the Twin Cities, Devi was a sophomore who enjoyed her studies at the University of Minnesota. She also actively participated in a dance company and liked spending time with friends. In November of that year, though, things changed. Devi started […]

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Tags: 3098, 5163, 5335, Bladder Cancer, Devi Chettiar, neobladder, reconstruction, Urology


December 19, 2012 · Leave a Comment

“From worst to first” after kidney cancer surgery

By Margaret Shepard Margaret Shepard (@Margaret_Marie)

Innovative technology and surgical expertise helped Mayo Clinic physicians save kidney cancer patient Jasper Johnikin’s kidney — and his life.

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Tags: 1136, 2802, 5327, 5335, Jasper Johnikin, kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic, Michael Blute M.D.


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