Patient stories

  1. Ruth Smith

    Partial nephrectomy preserves kidney function after kidney cancer

    'I knew where I wanted to go' When doctors at her local emergency room told Ruth Smith they detected something on her imaging studies that looked like a kidney tumor, she said, "Are you sure it's cancer?" "Never in a million years did I imagine my severe back pain was caused by cancer," says Smith, [...]

  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. "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 [...]

  4. After successful kidney transplant, retiree is 'Living the Dream'

    As Bill Pearse was rushed to the hospital in severe pain, he directed the ambulance to take him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The emergency department team diagnosed Pearse with kidney stones — a relief. But additional tests revealed something far worse: a cancerous tumor on one kidney. Mayo Clinic physicians "were very persistent in [...]

Aug. 16, 2013