Cancer patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. Second Opinion on Salivary Gland Tumor Paves Way to Motherhood

    When Bryna Halloran was diagnosed with a salivary gland tumor that didn't align with her age, gender or medical history, she turned to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. At Mayo, Bryna found a physician who listened to her concerns, and she was offered a treatment plan that exceeded her expectations. When first-time mom Bryna [...]

  3. Hitting the High Notes After Battling a Rare Tumor

    Mackenzie Rolison had been singing in choirs for years when she was diagnosed with a rare tumor. It required surgery that significantly affected her vocal cords. But after receiving further treatment from a multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Mackenzie was thrilled to regain her voice. Singing has always been a big part of Mackenzie Rolison's life. [...]

  4. Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

    As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

  5. Difficult Diagnosis Inspires Corinne Berg to Empower Others

    Corinne Berg was a little girl when she saw firsthand the devastating effects that breast cancer had on her family. Read the story of how Berg learned of her own risk for breast cancer and how she has used that experience to educate herself and others. By Corinne Berg I grew up in fear of [...]

  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. Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

    Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven't been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she's received from her Mayo team. On Jan. 4, 2013, Brenda Braatz stepped on a roller coaster and didn't get off for five years. At least [...]

  9. Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

    When Bruce McVety's prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn't available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health. As a pastor and retired police officer, Bruce McVety is no [...]

  10. Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic

    When Alice Alimurung was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening tumor, she embarked on a hunt for a surgeon with enough expertise to remove the mass. The search led Alice from the Philippines to Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, where she found an experienced surgical team that saved her life. For more than 15 years, Alice [...]

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