Cancer patient stories

  1. Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old Dynamo

    Comprehensive treatment at Mayo Clinic, coupled with a can-do attitude, helps Nanci Sills navigate a difficult cancer diagnosis. Nanci Sills lived her life by the book. She didn't smoke or drink. She exercised regularly and ate well. So when Nanci found out she had late-stage cancer in 2014, at the age of 77, she was [...]

  2. From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

    After receiving a surprising diagnosis, Patty Brown navigated her multiple myeloma treatment with support, guidance and care from her Mayo Clinic team ? and a few pancakes. Patty Brown was simply going in to catch up on some routine lab work she'd put off related to her Crohn's disease. But what began as routine turned [...]

  3. Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression

    Diagnosed with advanced liver cancer, Mark Turnbull had few treatment options. But physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System offered a unique approach to radiation therapy that slowed the cancer's growth and extended Mark's life expectancy. One night when a sharp pain in his side woke him from a sound sleep, Mark Turnbull dismissed the discomfort [...]

  4. College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team

    Throughout surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer, Polly Browne knew she could rely on the expertise of her multidisciplinary health care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Polly Browne didn't have any obvious symptoms. But the North Mankato, Minnesota, resident and elementary education college professor, knew something wasn't quite right with [...]

  5. Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

    Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it's not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she's working to help others learn more about the disease. It's been more than a decade since Missouri native Mary Helen Duggar received the news that [...]

  6. Aggressive Treatment Turns the Tide in Taylor Overby's Fight Against Colon Cancer

    Despite repeated treatment, Taylor Overby's colon cancer kept coming back. Then the 25-year-old's care team at Mayo Clinic offered her a unique surgical option, and that has made a world of difference.? It's been almost four years since Taylor Overby began her tenacious battle with metastatic colon cancer when she was just 21 years old. [...]

  7. Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title ? Brain Cancer Survivor

    A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn?t know was that she?d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here's Nicole's story, in her own words. Written by Nicole Barlanti My world changed on April 11, 2013. It was a Thursday. Before [...]

  8. Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

    It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that [...]

  9. Friend's Generosity and Successful Transplant Give Maikki Nekton a New Way of Looking at the World

    Maikki Nekton was 32 years old when she had a life-saving liver transplant, thanks to her good friend, Jenifer DeMattia, who donated a portion of her own liver to Maikki. Prior to the transplant, Maikki worked as a clinical social worker in the Maryland school system and for nonprofit organizations. Jenifer was her co-worker, and [...]

  10. Minimally Invasive Polyp Removal Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

    For years, Rosa Isern has thoroughly enjoyed her job with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, where soldiers, airmen and their families purchase goods and services. Her work has taken her around the world on several tours overseas, including stints in Iraq, Afghanistan, Greenland and Djibouti. In 2015, however, Rosa's future became uncertain when [...]

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