• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Innovative radiation treatment slows liver cancer

June 18, 2017

Sharing Mayo Clinic patient Mark Turnbull sitting near a wall and smiling
One night when a sharp pain in his side woke him from a sound sleep, Mark Turnbull dismissed the discomfort and assumed it would go away by morning. But the pain only intensified as the night went on.

In the morning, the 61-year-old Hudson, Wisconsin, resident visited his doctor. He went through a battery of tests, including blood work and an X-ray. The test results initially pointed toward pneumonia. However, an MRI revealed something far worse: advanced liver cancer.

Mark's pain was caused by a grapefruit-sized tumor that was pinching a nerve. He learned that surgery and treatments would help, but it was very unlikely that his disease could be cured. From that point on, however, Mark has been determined to maintain a positive outlook.

"When the doctor told me I had cancer, I said, 'OK. Now how can we work with this?'" he says. "God's put me in this position, and I've embraced it." Read the rest of Mark's story.
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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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