Patient stories

  1. Thanks to Mayo, My Survival and Passion for Softball Will Continue

    I will never forget the afternoon of January 31, 2011, when I was at my local health provider and received the devastating news that I had stage 4 throat cancer at the base of my tongue that had spread to my lymph nodes. My local health care provider gave me all the bad news, with [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Dr. J. Campbell with book

    Physician Documents his Cancer Survival, Grateful to Mayo Clinic

    I am Dr. J. Kemper Campbell, an ophthalmologist from Lincoln, Nebraska. I noted a small asymptomatic mass on the right side of my neck in December 2006. When needle biopsy established it to be a poorly differentiated metastatic cancer of unknown origin, I asked a colleague for a referral to the institution best equipped to [...]

  4. Danny Snodgrass

    Laser microsurgery for throat cancer preserves voice, function

    For years, Danny Snodgrass had trouble speaking. His local doctors attributed it to drainage issues. Eventually, an ear, nose and throat specialist ordered a biopsy. It came back positive for throat cancer. Snodgrass, who had never smoked and drank alcohol only occasionally, was stunned. An online search for treatment options led him to Mayo Clinic, [...]

  5. 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. [...]

Sep. 13, 2012