Cancer patient stories

  1. Critical Care Team Gives Young Mom Second Chance in Fight Against Cancer

    Three years had passed since Hollis Youngner, 34, had been diagnosed and treated for HER2+ breast cancer. So in late 2014, when the mother of one was "just feeling yucky, tired, nauseous," she says cancer wasn't even on her mind. "I was secretly excited, thinking of ways to tell everyone I was pregnant," she says. [...]

  2. Mayo Clinic Clinical Trial Helps Physician Take On Multiple Myeloma

    When 69-year-old allergist and rheumatologist Mike Mass. M.D., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2013, he quickly realized that being the patient and trusting the advice of a fellow physician with expertise in a disease outside of his realm of expertise would be a challenge. “I’ve always advocated open communications with my patients about their [...]

  3. 3-D Print of Patient's Tumor Helps Surgeons Prepare, Speeds Recovery

    Michael Slag holds in his hands a tumor – or rather a 3-D print of the actual tumor that is growing at the top of his right lung. Doctors are using the 3-D printed model to aid them in planning the complex surgery to remove Michael’s tumor. Mayo Clinic doctors diagnosed Michael with a rare [...]

  4. Lung Cancer Patient Survives With Help of Novel Procedure, Celebrates Next Generation of Innovation

    Raegan Cury didn’t worry at first when she developed a cough in early 2002 that wouldn’t go away. She was a healthy young woman, athletic, a former gymnast, and her initial chest X-ray showed what looked like pneumonia. Even her husband, a pulmonologist, wasn't too worried, until she received a surprising diagnosis. “I never thought [...]

  5. Wisconsin Man's Lung Cancer Found at Early, Treatable Stage Thanks to New Screening Program

    Bill McWhite was vacationing along the Texas Gulf Coast — normally, a time to relax — when his body refused to let him unwind. Instead, the 69-year-old Hayward, Wisconsin, man experienced a flare up of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, and found himself in the local hospital. “I had congestion in [...]

  6. There's No Breaking Leo DeGoursey's Stride

    A minimally invasive procedure allows Leo DeGoursey to move on from lung cancer surgery without missing a beat. Leo DeGoursey is used to being busy. Until age 50, he enjoyed a career as a printer. Then he made a switch and spent the next two decades developing curriculum, equipping a lab, and teaching printing at [...]

  7. Devi Chettiar

    After Bladder Cancer, this 19-Year-Old Girl gets a New Bladder

    In the fall of 2004, Devi Chettiar was a healthy, active college student. Living in the Twin Cities, Devi was a sophomore who enjoyed her studies at the University of Minnesota. She also actively participated in a dance company and liked spending time with friends. In November of that year, though, things changed. Devi started [...]

  8. Proton Beam Therapy Gives Young Girl Good Prognosis Despite (Frightening) Diagnosis

    It's one thing to teach compassionate communication. It's another thing altogether to be on the receiving end of, "Your daughter has cancer." Learn how proton beam therapy gave Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., and her family hope.  Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., is a program director in Education and Professional Development at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, and has worked [...]

  9. Sarcoma Diagnosis Proves to be a Blessing for Young Mom

    Growing up on a farm in central Florida, Paige Douglas enjoyed a unique childhood, caring for a menagerie of animals, horseback riding, even barrel racing at local rodeos. But, when she was 10, Paige inadvertently hit her left knee while bouncing on a trampoline. Though she had no visible cuts, pain radiated up and down [...]

  10. Resilient Young Woman Finds Hope Despite Hurdles, Shares Story at Fiesta Bowl

    Megan LaChance used to dream of being a successful business woman. But a series of events, medical and otherwise, led her on a different path – an educational path that culminated with her sharing her surprising story at the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on Jan. 1, 2016. Even though she's just 24 years old, Megan [...]

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