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5 days ago · Team USA hockey star opens up about miraculous lung cancer recovery

As reported by Fox 9 News: Jeff Baillon
Posted: Feb 08 2018 07:47PM CST

Rachael Drazan-Malmberg’s stride chewed up ice from Minnesota to China, her wicked slapshot powering the University of Minnesota to a Frozen Four appearance and a spot on world champion Team USA–but two years ago, she came face to face with an opponent the likes of which she’d never seen before.

One morning in the spring of 2016 she woke up with some pain in her ribs–stiffness from a workout, or so she thought. She saw a doctor when it persisted, but they couldn’t find anything wrong.

 “She was pretty optimistic that it wasn’t going to be anything,” her father, Mike Drazan said.

Then came a diagnosis the fitness crazed, eat-all-the-right-foods 31-year-old mother never expected: lung cancer. And it had already spread to her brain.

Read the full story and watch the video on Fox 9

photo Rachael Drazan-Malmberg with her husband and daughter.


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Nov 6, 2017 · Malignant Mesothelioma

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs. Dr. Shanda Blackmon explains in this patient education video what the disease is, the treatment options, clinical trial options and surgical options for malignant mesothelioma.

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Oct 9, 2017 · Meet Dr. Shanda Blackmon

Dr. Shanda Blackmon 2Meet Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Rochester, Minnesota campus. Dr. Blackmon has a passion for working with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and shares that she came to Mayo Clinic because “this is the place where miracles happen.”

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Jan 20, 2016 · 3D Printing of Patients' Anatomy Aids in Surgical Planning

Patient Michael Slag

Original Story from Sharing Mayo Clinic

Not all great advances in surgery happen in the operating room. Some are coming off the printer – a 3D printer. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists and surgeons are teaming up to discover every possible detail about complex cases, before the operation. In some situations, it means patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.

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Sep 24, 2014 · Lung Cancer Care

Dr. Blackmon speaks about lung cancer with the goal of helping you obtain better treatment. Dr. Blackmon reviews different risks associated with lung cancer such as smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, exposure to radon gas, exposure to asbestos and other chemicals and a family history of lung cancer.

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