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 Mayo Clinic transplant patients.

  1. Slaying the Dragon of Pancreatic Cancer

    Thomas Hoffman of Spearfish, South Dakota,?was 56 years old, weighed 235, and had been diagnosed with prediabetes when he began to diet. As the pounds melted away, his wife became alarmed at his rapid weight loss. Then one morning, he awoke and his wife?told him he was completely yellow ? not from the sun streaming [...]

  2. Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

    In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. ?It kept getting [...]

  3. Recovery Turns Into Cancer Battle for Avid Runner

                                        An avid runner, Judi Zitiello, 66, was forced into a six-week hiatus when she developed a meniscus tear in early 2014. The?retired financial executive?was?always active ? exercising, hosting dinner parties, and volunteering to run the JT Townsend [...]

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