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September 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Diversity in bone marrow transplantation gives gift of life to mom of five

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Family is everything to Felicia Curtis. The mom of five from Gainesville, Florida, knew she had to fight when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her youngest child. Over the next several months, Felicia underwent several rounds of chemotherapy to fight the cancer. Her son was […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant program, Cancer, diverse bone marrow donor, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Felicia Curtis, MayoClinicFL, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stem cell transplant


May 9, 2021 · Leave a Comment

One last adventure for patient entering hospice

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Aggie Morgan has always been adventurous. She’s been skydiving, scuba diving and enjoyed vacations with her husband, John Morgan, in the jungles of Central America. Entering her 70s, there was one adventure she looked forward to but hadn’t taken: a hot air balloon ride. She and her friends attempted to take a balloon ride on […]

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Tags: Aggie Morgan, Cancer, Kerry Olson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, multiple myeloma


July 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Mesothelioma Patient Finds Complex, Comprehensive Answer

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

A frightening diagnosis of mesothelioma brought Sally Kirkvold to Mayo Clinic. To her great relief, the prompt and thorough care she received put the cancer into remission, allowing her to turn her attention back to normal life.

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Tags: Cancer, Dr. Helen Ross, Dr. Staci Beamer, Dr. Terence Sio, Medical Oncology, Mesothelioma, Proton Beam Therapy, Radiation Oncology, Village at Mayo Clinic


May 21, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Discerning Physician Turns to Mayo Clinic for Cancer Care

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Jim Biles, M.D., understands cancer treatment. A urologist who specializes in cancer surgery, he has spent his career focused on helping people receive the cancer care they need. So at age 72, when Dr. Biles received his own diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer, he knew how critical it would be to get treatment […]

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Tags: Cancer, Chondrosarcoma, Dr. David Lewallen, Dr. Franklin Sim, Dr. Peter Rose, Hemipelvectomy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


October 22, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Rallying Around ‘Jack’ – Buying Time for 11-Year-Old Who Touched the Hearts of His Care Team

By Uma Thangaraj Uma Thangaraj (@uthangaraj)

He melts hearts with his infectious smile, cheerful attitude and frequent magic tricks. But the slogan on Haonan Jiang’s T-shirt, which reads “Tough as Nails,” is a more accurate summation of his spirit, and the fight he and his family have been waging. The 11-year-old from Beijing, China, prefers to be called “Jack.” He is suffering from […]

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Tags: anaplastic astrocytoma, Cancer, Dr. Amulya NageswaraRao, Dr. Nadia Laack, Dr. Sherilyn Driscoll, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


May 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Patient’s Cancer Journey Inspires Hope and a New Career Path

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Kristen Yukness knew what her doctor was going to say next. After a finding of bilateral deep vein thrombosis after a routine flight, Kristen had a strong feeling – based on her family history – that her condition had been caused by an underlying form of cancer. 

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Tags: Cancer, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Dr. Kenneth DeVault, Dr. Matthew Robertson III, Dr. Todd Miller, Dr. William Cliby, Endocervical Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 18, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Faith and Mayo Clinic Help Cancer Survivor Overcome Multiple Health Battles

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti (@pscotti)

When 53-year-old Donald Jones of Ponte Vedra, Florida, found out he had lung cancer, the former smoker accepted it as a challenge that he was prepared to fight and win. Little did he know the other serious health issues that lay ahead, which would create serious new challenges for him over the next year. An […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Florida Campus, lung cancer


January 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment

New Procedure Helps Patient Strike Back Against Cancer

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Bill Steele, a patient at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, shares his story about his battle against Stage 4A cancer in the throat area without undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. In the video he produced, he explains how his surgical care team, led by Michael Hinni, M.D., a Mayo head and neck cancer surgeon, used transoral laser microsurgery […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Transoral Laser Microsurgery


December 12, 2014 · Leave a Comment

From ‘Pick a Plot’ to Watching His Son Graduate

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Read time: 4 minutes Written by Ron Christian “Pick a plot and get your papers in order, you’ll be dead in a month.” That’s what the local neurosurgeon said. Those words served as my wake-up call. While my wife wept, I became angry. We had three very young children, and I was determined to see […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Neurology & Neurosurgery


September 2, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A Golden Dream

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

After being diagnosed with cancer, Joan Hittner, along with her husband, David, created an organization to raise money to find a cure. Today, David and daughter Christine continue the work. In 2011, Joan and David Hittner opened a letter from the Mayo Clinic Department of Development. Inside was a request: Would they consider donating $25 […]

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Tags: Cancer, CANCER RESEARCH, Carcinoid Tumor, Development


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