Cancer patient stories

  1. Gut Feeling, Being in Right Place May Have Saved Lynn Witherspoon

    When Lynn Witherspoon was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to move quickly. And she wanted to move to a place she felt would give her the care she needed. So she and her husband moved from their home in North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, to be near Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. "We live in [...]

  2. Cindy

    To Life (again) as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor

    I’m walking a fine line between jubilation and anxiety. As a two-time ovarian cancer survivor, I’m nearing the anniversary of my recurrence. Although I feel fine, this type of cancer isn’t the most accommodating. My nerves always manage to creep up on my dates with the ‘gists – in my case, the oncologist and gynecologist, which [...]

  3. John Henderson

    Thoroughness is credited by Canadian for early Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

    John Henderson of British Columbia is a details man: a Chartered Accountant for whom accuracy and thoroughness are paramount. So while health care is excellent in Canada, about 15 years ago Mr. Henderson, now 62, decided his routine check-ups were not as thorough as they should be for a man approaching 50. "Every time I [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. Giving back after a successful stem cell transplant

    When Wendy Hamilton's daughter graduated from college, the two celebrated by hiking in national parks throughout the West. Hamilton was surprised when she had to stop and rest on the trails. "I felt so winded," says Hamilton, "but I attributed it to higher altitudes and middle age. I thought we tried to do too much." [...]

  6. Kongphaly Aphayasane

    Transplant patient awarded United States citizenship at Mayo Clinic in Florida

    A momentous occasion occurred recently at Mayo Clinic in Florida when a bone marrow transplant patient, Kongphaly Aphayasane, was awarded United States citizenship in her hospital room. Aphayasane, a native from Laos, has been working diligently to achieve this significant milestone. “I studied a lot for the citizenship and I am so happy,” said Aphayasane. [...]

  7. A Family Member's Point of View

    By Lindsay Engelstad I was not a patient at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, but my mother was. Prior to her going into the hospital, I always hear people say “Go to the Mayo Clinic it is the best place to be if you are sick”. Yeah right, it is a hospital and all hospitals are the [...]

  8. 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, [...]

  9. "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 [...]

  10. 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 [...]

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