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Urology

March 8, 2019

Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

By 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

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

By 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

Josh Russell Faces His Toughest Battle

By 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

Orchestrating Cancer Treatment Not An Obstacle For International Musician

By Cynthia (Cindy) 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

Pleased Patient Shows Enduring Gratitude with Tattoo

By 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

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

By 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

“From worst to first” after kidney cancer surgery

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist 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.


December 18, 2012

“Green Light” Laser Surgery Treats BPH

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

For stock car racer Paul Hamernik, the “green light” came in the form of laser surgery to address an enlarged prostate.

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Tags: 2390, 5180, 5327, 5335, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Dr. Mynderse, laser PVP surgery, Mayo Clinic, Paul Hamernik


December 17, 2012

Prostate cancer treated with robotic surgical system

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Diagnosed with prostate cancer at a relatively young age, Dr. Randall Minion chose robotic surgery as the best way to maintain his full, active lifestyle. Read Randall’s story.

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Tags: 1136, 2391, 5158, 5183, 5327, 5335, 5420, Dr. Igor Frank, Prostate Cancer, Randall Minion M.D., Robotic Surgery


December 11, 2012

Partial nephrectomy preserves kidney function after kidney cancer

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret_Marie

Ruth Smith lives more than 200 miles north of Rochester, Minn., but she knew where she wanted to go when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer — Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: 1136, 2802, 5279, 5335, Bradley Leibovich M.D., kidney cancer, Mayo Clinic, partial nephrectomy, Ruth Smith


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