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March 21, 2022

Cancer survivor walks on the sunny side of the street

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When you meet Jennie Spencer, be prepared to chat, answer questions about yourself and your family, and make a new friend. By any measure, the 66-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and leukemia survivor from Forest City, Iowa, is truly a warm and remarkable person. Having previously been diagnosed and treated for a rare genetic migraine condition […]

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Tags: Cancer survivor, Jennie Spencer, Leukemia, lymphoblastic leukemia, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


March 14, 2022

3-year-old takes on rare cancer with a little help from his friends

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Proton beam therapy benefits patients with tumors located next to critical organs with potentially fewer severe side effects and complications, compared to other forms of radiation therapy. This is especially important for children with cancer ― children like 3-year-old Rhett Flaten who in May became the 5,000th patient to receive the cutting-edge treatment since the […]

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Tags: Dr. Safia Ahmed, Ewing Sarcoma, Katie Flaten, Kyle Flaten, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Proton Beam Therapy, Rhett Flaten


December 16, 2021

Providing inspiration following cancer diagnosis

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For Kelly McDonell, the pain began in January 2020. The 49-year-old teacher and mother of two, knew something was amiss. A scan identified several lesions on her spleen, although McDonell’s physician was not too worried. Soon, McDonell found herself at the emergency room “in the worst pain ever,” she says. “I thought my spleen had […]

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Tags: diffused large b cell lymphoma, Kelly McDonell, lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida


December 14, 2021

When life throws you lemons…

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When Lisa Ayer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, little did she expect that a tiny, yellow candy would be the catalyst to give her hope for the future. “I did not tolerate chemo very well. The taste alone made me sick. But then my sister told me about Lemonheads. They were a godsend,” […]

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Tags: lemonhead delivery, Lisa Ayer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Pancreatic Cancer


March 4, 2020

Back to the Drawing Table, Thanks to Individualized Care for Blood Cancer

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The medication Jim Robinson took to treat his leukemia triggered side effects that kept him from the art he loves. So his Mayo care team stepped in to ensure Jim was not only in remission from the cancer, but that he also could get back to the hobby that has brought great meaning to his […]

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Tags: Chronic myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


February 5, 2020

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Yields Outstanding Outcome

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When Rita Krueger found out she had pancreatic cancer, the outlook seemed bleak. Then she met a Mayo Clinic physician who was willing to go beyond the standard treatment to achieve remarkable results.

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Tags: Biopsy, chemotherapy, CT scan, diabetes, Dr. Mark Truty, Endoscopy, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MRI, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatitis, PET scan


November 27, 2019

CAR-T Versus Cancer

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Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her 40s, Tanis Milicevic tried a number of treatments to keep the disease in check. But the cancer came back. Then her Mayo Clinic care team offered Tanis a new option, and it made a world of difference.

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Tags: Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, CAR-T cell therapy, Dr. Han Tun, Dr. Mohamed Kharfan Dabaja, Dr. Yi Lin, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


November 8, 2019

Opening Doors for Cancer Research in Native American Communities

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Mayo Clinic’s 14-year partnership with Diné College has opened up opportunities for students like Corinna Sabaque to gain experience in fields where Native communities are often underrepresented and underserved. In Sabaque’s case, those opportunities launched a career in cancer research.

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Tags: Advancing the Science, Dr. Christi Patten, Dr. Gloria Petersen, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center


October 2, 2019

Overcoming Disability and Shyness While Finding Her Place

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When Taylor Sturtz first arrived at Mayo Clinic, it was as an intern in the Project Search program. Through that experience, she gained new skills and found new confidence. Today, Taylor is proud to be a Mayo Clinic employee, and she’s happy to have the opportunity to help others.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Project Search


August 23, 2019

Comprehensive Cancer Care Leads to a Lifesaving Turn of Events

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Alonzo Chappell was a healthy guy. He had not so much as caught a cold for decades. That changed in a big way when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a diagnosis that led him to Mayo Clinic for an innovative and ultimately lifesaving form of cancer treatment.

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, CAR-T Cell Therapy Program, chemotherapy, Department of Oncology, Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, Dr. Mohamed Kharfan Dabaja, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


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