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Ricky Rinehart: Raising Funds for Cancer Research One Mile at a Time

As he biked 213 miles of desert between Yuma, Ariz., and Phoenix in temperatures above 90 degrees, Ricky Reinhart thought a lot about moving forward. Much the same as he did a year ago as he laid in a bed at Mayo Clinic Hospital recovering from surgery for esophageal cancer. To celebrate his “first birthday” [...]

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform around 130 esophagectomies each year. Studies have shown that people who had esophagectomies at low-volume centers had a much higher risk of dying from the operation than did people treated at high-volume centers (defined as more than 20 esophagectomies per year).
  • A multidisciplinary team of specialized experts. Esophagectomy is an important part of esophageal cancer treatment, which can be extremely complex. At Mayo Clinic, specialists in thoracic surgery, digestive diseases, oncology and other areas work together to make sure that esophagectomy is the best treatment for you. They work as a team to manage your care, before and after surgery.
  • Minimally invasive approach. Mayo Clinic doctors can sometimes perform minimally invasive esophagectomies, which usually result in less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.
  • Comprehensive care. Consultations with doctors, along with testing and treatment, can usually be done in a single visit lasting several days.
  • New ideas. Mayo Clinic specialists are at the forefront of new techniques for esophagectomy. You have access to the expertise of Mayo Clinic's clinician-researchers.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.

May 13, 2015