Patient stories

  1. Jim Zloch

    Trial Lawyer Treated for Cancer on Vocal Cords

    Jim Zloch is a trial lawyer from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was diagnosed in Florida for cancer on his vocal cords. He sought a second opinion and ultimately, treatment at Mayo Clinic in 2006. Jim talks about going through six weeks of radiation treatment and seeing both Dr. Kerry Olsen and Dr. Robert Foote. He [...]

  2. Young girl with complicated health problems grows up seeing Mayo as second home

    Hello: I am Carolyn of Missouri.  I have long been a patient of Mayo Clinic since about 1942 and am still a patient visiting about every 3 months. Sometime after I was born, we moved to Glendale…that is where we lived when I took sick at the age of about 20 months.  The Dr. there treated me [...]

  3. David Farrell

    Volunteer Firefighter threatened by Tongue Tumor

    David Farrell lives and works in the small town of Holyoke, Colorado. The 6'2" volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) had always worked out and stayed in good physical condition. He and his wife, Nicolette, have two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. They enjoy motorcycle road trips, camping, and going to NASCAR races. [...]

  4. Heidi Hockel

    "I wanted to do something for myself"

    Heidi had been thinking about cosmetic surgery for years. She decided to do it after her father was killed. "It was hard on me, and my family, and I wanted to reward myself for getting through it. I wanted to do something for myself." says Heidi. Her reward was a septorhinoplasty (surgery to remove obstructions [...]

  5. Jorge Rivera

    Singing Praise After New Esophageal Cancer Treatment

    Esophageal cancer took Jorge Rivera, 47, by surprise. An auto loan manager and a father of three, he had a full life and a passion for performing sacred music with his family. Rivera, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had “the usual” heartburn symptoms from what he describes as a typical Puerto Rican diet. But a [...]

  6. James Donnelly

    Cancer & Coordinated Approach to Care

    Professor  had a feeling in his throat area for months, but was told not to worry about it. After two to three years it hadn't gotten better. Though he had no pain, his speech was beginning to slur, and he was referred to another doctor. The second doctor diagnosed the cancer and described the surgery [...]

  7. Debra Testa

    Stopping to Smell the Roses

    For more than a decade, Debra Testa suffered from nasal congestion and severe headaches first thing in the morning. “Even before my head came off the pillow, I would have an excruciating headache, and it was happening quite often — at least once a week if not several times a week,” says the Connecticut native. [...]

  8. Katie Little

    Never Give Up On Your Health - Sniffing out a Discovery

    My name is Katie Little and I am 28 years old.   I have experienced many nasal problems throughout my life, including two nose fractures and, over the last 10 years, have experienced significant difficulty breathing at night.  I tried a variety of methods to alleviate my problem, such as nasal sprays, acupuncture, fans, Neti Pots, [...]

  9. Rob Clary and his wife.

    Faster Recovery after Throat Cancer Surgery

    When Rob Clary, 44, of Cave Creek, Ariz., needed surgery for cancer in his throat, the surgeon was able to remove the cancer through Clary’s mouth. Last February, Clary had surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, one of a few hospitals in the United States to offer this transoral approach for head and neck cancers. [...]

  10. Dennis Nigon

    Man's Throat Cancer is Gone

    When 64-year-old Dennis Nigon struggled for two weeks with a sore throat, he never imagined he would be diagnosed with cancer a few weeks later. Nigon didn’t think anything serious of his sore throat. But as it continued to persist, he decided to go in for tests, and he’s grateful that he did. After receiving [...]

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