Arizona patient stories

  1. Lung Screening Leads to Timely Cancer Care

    Participating in a lung screening research study at Mayo Clinic paved the way for early diagnosis and prompt treatment of lung cancer for Richard Jarvis. Richard Jarvis wasn't experiencing any symptoms of medical problems. But, instinct told him he should make his health a priority. When his mother passed away, he was all the more [...]

  2. 3D Modeling Powers Innovation in Patient Care

    Thanks to a titanium implant constructed with 3D modeling technology, Isaac Garcia has moved past his diagnosis of bone cancer and is back to enjoying an active life with his family. Isaac Garcia wakes up each morning looking forward to jumping dirt hills on his mountain bike with his son. But it wasn't that long [...]

  3. Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

    Keith Bruno's family history of aneurysms prompted his primary care physician to order a CT scan during a routine physical. That test and the surgery that followed it saved Keith's life. Keith Bruno knows all too well the devastating effects an undiagnosed brain aneurysm can have. Keith experienced the pain of losing a loved one [...]

  4. Prompt Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Yield Ideal Outcome

    When a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer, Lee Dueringer and his care team at Mayo Clinic embarked on a comprehensive treatment plan that quelled the disease without significantly disrupting his life. A suspicious lump that appeared on his neck in August 2017 was the first sign that anything was amiss for [...]

  5. 2 Teams, 1 Mission: Defeat Breast Cancer

    Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Elena Blevins worked with providers at Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Mayo Clinic through a collaboration that provides patients with comprehensive cancer care. Elena Blevins spends much of her time caring for others. Her career as an aide takes her into the homes of elderly individuals, where [...]

  6. Kidney Transplant Opens the Door to Lanell Johnson's Next Adventure

    Lanell Johnson's path to a kidney transplant wasn't easy. But now that she's received a new kidney and is enjoying a return to good health, Lanell and her husband are eager to move forward. Lanell Johnson takes pride in what she calls her battle scars ? the result of her long journey to a successful [...]

  7. 'Lobby Days' Offer Life-Changing Information About Kidney Transplants

    After enduring kidney dialysis for years, a conversation Martin Ruiz Zerme?o had at his dialysis center with Mayo Clinic social worker Jeffrey Welch paved the way to a successful kidney transplant. Martin Ruiz Zerme?o's home was melancholy. "When you don't feel well, there's sadness at home," he says. Stealing joy from Martin's life was kidney [...]

  8. Arizona Superhero Harnesses the Power of Proton Beams

    Battling a brain tumor was made a little easier for Airick Amaya and his family when they found out he could receive proton beam therapy close to home, surrounded by his loved ones each day. Airick Amaya pretended to be Batman as he spun around, kicking the air. For his superhero effort, he was handsomely [...]

  9. Shocking Diagnosis Leads to a New Focus on Joy

    Andrea Borg was stunned to learn she had a life-threatening form of leukemia. But she persevered through demanding treatment regimens that ultimately put her cancer in remission. Today Andrea is focused on supporting others going through similar health challenges.? While perishable grocery items like milk and salmon certainly have expiration dates, Andrea Borg never expected [...]

  10. Light at the End of the Tunnel After Proton Beam Therapy

    Intensive treatment for brain cancer has given Nicholas Sloan the opportunity to continue exploring and enjoying life's adventures.? Last September, Nicholas Sloan went sky diving for the first time. "It was awesome. We jumped at 13,500 feet and fell for 60 seconds. It was amazing to watch the world come closer," Nicholas says. "It feels [...]

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