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Mayo Clinic announces $5 million gift to La Crosse cancer center

Expanded cancer center will allow Mayo Clinic to meet the region’s current patient demand and allow for future growth.

March 5, 2019

From The Blog

Genetic counseling helps woman, family make 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.

February 13, 2020

The emotional side of cancer: 7 tips

Cancer can affect more than physical health. The emotional side can affect the ability to cope and stick to a treatment plan. Get 7 tips on how to improve your emotional well-being as a cancer patient or caregiver.

December 3, 2019

Living in fear: Cancer recurrence

Some fear of cancer recurrence is normal, but excessive fear can lead to decreased quality of life. Here's how you can manage your fear.

Kaye Holt, N.P. By Kaye Holt August 19, 2019

Scalp cooling therapy prevents hair loss during chemotherapy

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy which can greatly contribute to your stress and anxiety. However, a new treatment called scalp cooling therapy is helping many patients keep most of their hair.

Amrit Singh MD By Amrit Singh June 26, 2019

The importance of a cancer survivorship care plan

Cancer care doesn’t end just because treatment is done. Life doesn’t immediately go back to normal because you are done with radiation or chemotherapy. It's important to address the needs of cancer survivors with a survivorship care plan.

June 6, 2018

The Survivor Bell

Jane-Marie Bahr shares her personal experience of her last day of radiation treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

April 27, 2017

Skipping sedation: A quicker colonoscopy

Deb Gunderson has natural curiosity and a love of medicine. It was for those reasons that the licensed practical nurse opted for a sedation-free colonoscopy when she was due to receive the important colon cancer screening.

February 21, 2017

Campaign aims to reduce colon cancer diagnoses and deaths

Shannon Murphy received an unexpected and, perhaps, unusual birthday gift from her family physician. It turned out to be one of the best gifts of her life.

March 14, 2014

Woman fights colon cancer by staying strong in body and spirit

Since her diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer in 2010, Beth Berhow has had three surgeries, three rounds of chemotherapy and many positron emission tomography (PET) scans. She’s also celebrated three birthdays and the birth of her granddaughter, Olive, whom Berhow says is “magical.”

November 11, 2013

Colorectal cancer: Common symptoms -- Part 4 of 4

The signs and symptoms for colorectal cancer aren't the most comfortable to talk about with a physician. But if noticed early, that conversation could potentially save your life.

March 26, 2013

Colorectal cancer: Start decreasing your risk for colon cancer today -- Part 3 of 4

Colorectal cancer screenings are extremely important, but there are also simple lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk.


Kelly Salfiti, M.D. By Kelly Salfiti March 20, 2013

My colonoscopy: Gastroenterologist gets own medicine

Dr. William David Farrar, a gastroenterologist from Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, gets personal about a subject many of us would rather ignore — colonoscopies. His experience can resonate for everyone.

David W Farrar By W. David Farrar March 12, 2013