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August 24, 2018

Envisioning a Future Without Breast Cancer

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With coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team and participation in a research clinical trial, Stacy Hanson is successfully combating a daunting breast cancer diagnosis.

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Tags: breast cancer, clinical trials, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Laura Vallow, Dr. Sarah McLaughlin, Dr. Sarvam TerKonda, Dr. Tri Dinh, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL, Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health


June 22, 2018

2 Teams, 1 Mission: Defeat Breast Cancer

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Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Elena Blevins worked with providers at Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Mayo Clinic through a collaboration that provides patients with comprehensive cancer care.

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Tags: Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy, Breast Clinic, clinical trials, Dr. Donald Northfelt, Dr. Richard Gray, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Phoenix Indian Medical Center


March 28, 2018

From Mysterious Broken Bones to Ballroom Dancing

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Don Varney’s bones were breaking, and no one could tell him why. But after being diagnosed with of a rare form of vitamin D deficiency triggered by a hard-to-detect tumor and then undergoing surgery to remove it, Don has returned to his active, athletic ways.

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Michael Rock, Dr. Peter Tebben, Osteomalacia


November 14, 2017

Treatment for Throat Cancer Gives Dentist New Point of View

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After undergoing robotic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy as part of a clinical trial to treat cancer, Bruce Trulson has gained a new understanding of how he can better care for his own patients.

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Daniel Ma, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Jay Mitchell, Dr. Katharine Price, otorhinolaryngology, throat cancer


June 20, 2017

Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old Dynamo

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Comprehensive treatment at Mayo Clinic, coupled with a can-do attitude, helps Nanci Sills navigate a difficult cancer diagnosis.

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Tags: Anal cancer, clinical trials, Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


August 31, 2016

After Treatment for Pituitary Tumor, Pastry Chef is Ready for Sweet Smell of Ordinary Life

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Jessie Brenholt is a certified pastry chef who would like to open a bakery one day. “If the ingredients were free, I’d give out cakes to everyone,” she says. For a while, the 23-year-old’s dream seemed to be in jeopardy. After months of being sick with weight loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and vision problems, Jessie […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, pituitary tumor, Proton Beam Therapy


August 3, 2016

Healing Baby Lucas’ Heart With His Own Cells

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Jennifer Gutman calls the day doctors diagnosed her youngest son, Lucas, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome the worst day of her life. The severe heart defect, sometimes referred to as HLHS, was uncovered during what Jennifer and her husband, Brian, thought would be a routine ultrasound. The startling news brought immediate fears for Lucas’ future. Determined to help Lucas, Jennifer’s sister-in-law, a […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Timothy Nelson, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Karen Miller, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Regenerative Medicine, Research


April 1, 2016

A New Weapon in the Arsenal for Patient With Stubborn Cancer: Proton Beam Therapy

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Audra Popp has a rare tumor – anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, also known as anaplastic PXA. Only a handful of people are diagnosed with this condition each year. Audra is the first person at Mayo Clinic with anaplastic PXA to be treated with proton beam therapy. Audra had 20 proton beam therapy sessions to try to […]

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Tags: Anaplastic PXA, clinical trials, craniotomy, Dr. Jan Buckner, Dr. Nadia Laack, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Proton Beam Therapy


February 22, 2016

Successful Treatment in a Clinical Trial Means More Celebrations for Bridget Clausen

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Bridget Clausen refers to her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as “the love of my life.” She treasures each of them and is proud to have a great-granddaughter named after her. The joy of a namesake is especially sweet, because when Bridget learned her granddaughter was pregnant, she wasn’t sure she would be here to […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr. Haidong Dong, Dr. Roxana Dronca, Immunotherapy, Keytruda, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, melanoma, MK-3475, Mole


October 19, 2015

Sidelined No More – Scrambler Therapy Puts Tess Wilson Back in Action

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Each year after their big Thanksgiving meal, Tess Wilson’s family has a tradition of playing games in a gym to burn off some calories. For much of her high school and college years, Tess spent that afternoon sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of her family run around. Severe, chronic pain made it impossible […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Scrambler Therapy


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