Patient stories

  1. John Fulton

    Beating the Odds Again: John Fulton's Islet Cancer Treatment

    The first time John Fulton was diagnosed with cancer, he was 15 years old. Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, struck twice within a couple of years. John enrolled in a clinical trial originally staged at Mayo Clinic to fight the disease and won the battle. To have remission after recurrence was unusual, a feat that [...]

  2. Ron Reffitt Jr and his family.

    Michigan heart patient counting blessings

    This story was submitted by Ron Reffitt Jr. In this photo, I'm holding my first grandson, Blake, born this summer to my daughter, Jennifer, behind me, and her husband, Brandon. My sons, Cody and Ron, are on the other side of me. The smile on my face says it all -- how happy and grateful [...]

  3. Jordan Mills

    Jordan Mills: Fighting the Unseen Enemy, Part II

    Following radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic for a brain stem glioma, the tumor which had threatened Jordan Mills' life, had shrunk. Jordan's life continued full of happy events. He married his fiancée, Kelly, in June 2009, and bought his first house that October. Honorably discharged from the military, he enrolled in college and became [...]

  4. 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. [...]

  5. Anna's Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

    At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. [...]

  6. Deborah Maina

    Patient Spreads Hope Beyond Borders

    Deborah Maina is on a mission to educate women about breast cancer. Growing up in the village of Embu in Kenya, where healthcare information was not common, Maina, 43, a breast cancer survivor, is committed to bring education to her home country. With positive attitude and determination, Maina has transformed her diagnosis into an opportunity [...]

  7. Ron Wilson with his wife Miriam, 5 weeks post transplant

    Lymphoma Patient Receives Gift of Life from Bone Marrow

    Twelve years ago, Ron Wilson woke up with a swollen neck and knew something was very wrong. After visiting his doctor, he learned that his blood counts were off the charts. Consultation with an oncologist revealed shocking news – Ron was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) & Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a non-curable but treatable form of blood [...]

  8. MaryEllen Sheppard

    MaryEllen’s Journey - A 5-part breast cancer video series (Episode 1)

    MaryEllen Sheppard knew something was wrong as soon as she felt a thickened patch of skin on her right breast.  She didn’t feel a lump, but knew the change was different enough to get it checked out.  A mammogram and subsequent biopsy caught her by surprise. She had breast cancer. Looking  to share her experience [...]

  9. Robert Horner

    Ten Years and Still Cancer Free

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with a 20 percent relative survival rate after one-year and a four percent survival rate after five-years for all stages combined, according to the American Cancer Society. With these shocking statistics, one pancreatic cancer survivor wonders how he has beaten all [...]

  10. "Mayo is where I go to get well"

    Editor's note: This story was submitted by Sheila Robb, a Mayo Clinic patient from Minneapolis. I was at Mayo a couple of months ago to start planning for a new treatment. The breast cancer that had metastasized 2 ½ years ago in my lymph system responded well to the Xeloda I had been on but [...]

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May. 05, 2014