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'The Beamer Gang': Proton Therapy Patients Form Unique Friendship at Mayo Clinic

January 7, 2020

‘The Beamer Gang’: Proton Therapy Patients Form Unique Friendship at Mayo Clinic

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An eclectic group of Mayo patients found themselves woven into a lasting friendship formed by the support they showed one another through treatments for prostate cancer.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Arizona, prostate cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Rick Dunteman


Patient's 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic

December 3, 2019

Patient’s 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop In the Loop

When Bobby Pignati acquired a stash of cash for his birthday, he knew just where he wanted his money to go after watching his dad go through cancer treatments.

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Tags: Bile duct cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology


Fireflies (and the Radiation Therapist Who Caught Them) Light Up Patient's Time at Mayo

August 1, 2019

Fireflies (and the Radiation Therapist Who Caught Them) Light Up Patient’s Time at Mayo

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After a patient mentioned to radiation therapist Jenn Deweese that she was excited to see fireflies for the first time while in Minnesota, Jenn (and her kids) made it happen.

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Tags: Jenn Deweese, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology


Radiation Therapy Staff Take on the KeKe Challenge for Special Patient

September 20, 2018

Radiation Therapy Staff Take on the KeKe Challenge for Special Patient

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It’s not uncommon to hear stories about Mayo Clinic staff going above and beyond for their patients. A good example? Colleagues getting out of their comfort zone to fulfill a patient’s special request.

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Tags: Deanna Ziegler, Dr. Robert Foote, KeKe challenge, olfactory neuroblastoma, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology


Mourning Young Cancer Patients Both a Heartbreak and a Privilege

August 16, 2018

Mourning Young Cancer Patients Both a Heartbreak and a Privilege

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Mayo Clinic child life specialist Randy Mc Keeman was moved to find out he was recently acknowledged in the obituary of 5-year-old cancer patient Garrett Matthias.

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Tags: Pediatric cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Randy Mc Keeman


Painted Masks Change the Outlook of Young Cancer Patients

July 10, 2018

Painted Masks Change the Outlook of Young Cancer Patients

By In the Loop In the Loop

Stop by the Proton Beam Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic and you might see a superhero, unicorn or mermaid, thanks to the artistic talents of staff who have begun painting masks for young patients receiving treatment.

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Tags: Child LIfe Program, Jennifer Deweese, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Therapy, Randy Mc Keeman


April 25, 2017

Mayo ‘Superheroes’ Use Their Powers to Give Young Patient Proper Sendoff

By In the Loop In the Loop

It was “Superhero Day” in the proton beam treatment area at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, and 6-year-old Iram Sobarzo had been ready for almost a week. He had talked about little else during that last week of treatment for a brain tumor. He was fixated on meeting Spiderman, his personal superhero. Staff had arranged […]

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Tags: Child Life Services, Krystal Lamb, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Proton Beam Therapy Program


April 20, 2017

Cancer Diagnosis Turns Student Athlete Into Student Advocate

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On Dec. 1, 2015, Miranda Mead learned that the back pain she’d attributed to a fall was actually a tumor. She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer, just days after her 16th birthday. So instead of getting her driver’s license, Miranda got a treatment plan, including proton beam therapy at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester […]

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Tags: Ewing's Sarcoma, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Proton Beam Therapy Program


April 11, 2017

Young Cancer Patient Shows What It Means to Be ‘Hunter Strong’

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Lisa Gifford is a mother. She’s also a pediatric nurse. So she knew something wasn’t right with her youngest son, Hunter. “He was having trouble urinating,” Lisa tells us. Initially, she chalked it up to a urinary tract infection. But his primary care provider ruled that out after Hunter’s blood work came back fine. Later […]

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Tags: Chemotherapy, Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Ewing's Sarcoma, Lisa Gifford, Proton Beam Therapy Program


March 9, 2017

Makeover is Good Medicine for Young Cancer Patient

By In the Loop In the Loop

As a professional makeup artist, Adrian Rios is used to working in a variety of settings, from fashion shows and speaking events to photoshoots and television interviews. But one day last month, he set up shop in a rather unusual place, even for him: a waiting room outside the Proton Beam Therapy Program on Mayo […]

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Tags: Proton Beam Therapy Program, Rosie Lerma


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