Cancer patient stories

  1. Jorge Rivera

    Life-saving surgery provides a second chance

    Jorge Rivera raised his cell phone and took a self-portrait that showed an almost imperceptible scar on his neck. Rivera, an administrative manager at FirstBank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, underwent a new type of surgery at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, to remove his cancerous esophagus and restore his digestive system. Today, he is cancer-free [...]

  2. Catherine Hensler

    Snowboarding Great Grandma Cancer Survivor on YouTube

    In last week's Social Media Saturday post we introduced Mayo Clinic's YouTube channel and how you can view videos and pass them along to your family or friends who might find them interesting. But what if you want to share your story through video? One option is to contact our Mayo Clinic social media team when [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. Andrew and Trish Ashworth

    New bladder and a renewed joy of life

    As a semi-retired financier living with his wife on the Isle of Man, Andrew Ashworth is used to frequent travels around the world. Rochester, Minnesota was not on his map until Spring 2009, when he visited a local hospital on the British island for a stomach complaint. He suspected gallstones, which his doctor did find, [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. The Discovery That Changes Everything

    I am a hard charging, creative, passionate person who listens to her “inner voice” as much as possible. Earlier this year, I was having multiple ear and throat infections which were not responsive to antibiotics.  After three rounds, my doctor decided to feel my throat – which led to a sonogram, followed by a biopsy.  [...]

  7. Routine Executive Health exam leads to cancer diagnosis

    Marilyn Dobski walked away from her first visit to Mayo Clinic with a clean bill of health. She wasn't as fortunate the second time around. Dobski and her husband, Tom, first came to Mayo Clinic in 2007 for physicals through Mayo's Executive Health Program. "We were impressed by the facility and the physicians," says Dobski. [...]

  8. Tom Sherrard

    Family Pressure Brings Timely Treatment

    Tom Sherrard often told his wife, Kris, that they really needed to spend more time in Minnesota. Tom has vacationed in Northern Minnesota ever since he was a youngster. Today he, Kris, and daughters Megan and Sarah continue to vacation at the family summer home, where they enjoy boating, fishing, and all the lake has [...]

  9. 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, [...]

  10. "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 [...]

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