The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Genetic Counseling Guides Informed Health Decisions

    Knowledge is power. That's Rose Boettcher's philosophy. Genetic counseling helped this three-time cancer survivor make decisions about her health care. Her test results also have inspired her to advocate for her family's health and well-being. Cancer runs in Rose Boettcher's family. The 67-year-old Cumberland, Wisconsin, resident has had three types of cancer: uterine, ovarian and, [...]

  2. Expert Care Tackles Daunting Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

    Melanie and Jim Smith With a grim prognosis of advanced pancreatic cancer, Dr. Jim Smith had little hope for his future. That is, until he met a team of Mayo Clinic cancer specialists, whose experience and expertise set Jim on a treatment path that led him to a place of hope and healing. When Jim [...]

  3. Living His Best Life Against the Backdrop of Incurable Cancer

    When Scott Stewart learned he had a rare neuroendocrine tumor, the journey ahead of him looked frightening and difficult. But with steadfast support from an interdisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Scott now takes comfort in knowing that some of the best physicians in the world are walking the path with him. These days, Scott Stewart spends [...]

  4. Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team

    When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life's mission. As a [...]

  5. Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

    When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options. Gathering all the necessary information about a decision prior to making it has always helped attorney Jean Niven in the [...]

  6. New Outlook, New Career Path After Beating Colon Cancer

    In April 2018, Evan Beard received the shocking news that he had colon cancer. Evan's local doctor referred him to Mayo Clinic where a multidisciplinary team and the right combination of chemotherapy and surgery made it possible for the young father to beat his daunting diagnosis. In March 2018, 23-year-old Evan Beard had just celebrated [...]

  7. Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

    When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she's sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor. For a long time after Lena Spotleson [...]

  8. Couple Buoyed by Mayo Clinic Care in Sickness and Health

    For Gary and Carolyn Lockner, a trip to Mayo Clinic is more than a doctor's appointment. To the Lockners, Mayo Clinic not only provides physical healing, it also offers emotional support and renewed hope. Gary and Carolyn Lockner's love affair started more than 50 years ago when the two were college students at Bemidji State [...]

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