Patient stories

  1. Andrew and Trish Ashworth

    New bladder and a renewed joy of life

    As a semi-retired financier living with his wife on the Isle of Man, Andrew Ashworth is used to frequent travels around the world. Rochester, Minnesota was not on his map until Spring 2009, when he visited a local hospital on the British island for a stomach complaint. He suspected gallstones, which his doctor did find, [...]

  2. Pleased Patient Shows Enduring Gratitude with Tattoo

    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 [...]

  3. Runner travels "cross-country" for experienced tumor-removal team

    Amy Haberman was diagnosed with a noncancerous tumor the size of a small football, lodged near her left kidney and colon. Her local physicians advised her to look for a medical center that specializes in teams of surgeons who can remove large tumors that have nerve involvement and a significant blood supply. While the tumor [...]

  4. "From worst to first" after kidney cancer surgery

    "At 45, I was too young to plan my own funeral," says Jasper Johnikin, an apartment complex maintenance supervisor from Milwaukee, Wis. But that's exactly what Jasper was contemplating one holiday weekend several years ago. "I'll never forget it," he says. "My doctor called me on Memorial Day and told me I had renal cancer [...]

  5. Prostate cancer treated with robotic surgical system

    Randall Minion, M.D., was helping out a newly hired lab technician when he had his prostate specific antigen (PSA) tested. When he volunteered his blood sample for training purposes at his private practice, he never dreamed it would lead to the serendipitous early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. "I was 49, so I was [...]

  6. Paul Hamernik

    "Green Light" Laser Surgery Treats BPH

    Paul Hamernik says that "green light" laser surgery has meant he can enjoy his life again. As a stock car racer, Paul Hamernik thought his frequent restroom breaks were an occupational hazard. He simply accepted that his bladder was small and his nerves ran wild — until he learned his PSA level was increasing. "PSA, [...]

  7. Catherine Hensler

    Snowboarding Great Grandma Cancer Survivor on YouTube

    In last week's Social Media Saturday post we introduced Mayo Clinic's YouTube channel and how you can view videos and pass them along to your family or friends who might find them interesting. But what if you want to share your story through video? One option is to contact our Mayo Clinic social media team when [...]

  8. Josh Russell Faces His Toughest Battle

    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 [...]

  9. Roxanne Thomas

    Sharing a Love for Running

    My story began in November 1993 when I was referred to Mayo Clinic with two abdominal tumors that were potentially cancerous. No tests indicated cancer, but as I was prepared for surgery, I was told that pathology would examine the tumors. If there was cancer, I might lose one or both kidneys because of the [...]

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