January 19th, 2012

Healthy and doing well: Bone marrow transplant from Europe gives Bemidji man new lease on life

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 At first glance, Lynn Schmidt’s job appears tedious. But to the 60-year-old, being back at work symbolizes winning a battle against cancer…Schmidt was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, in 2010 after results from a physical exam he took prior to donating blood showed low levels of hemoglobin, which is the main component of red blood cells…“There is a real risk of dying,” Mrinal Patnaik, his doctor of hematology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, said. “One in three people are not alive after one year. It’s tough, emotionally.”

Bemidji Pioneer, by Anne Williams, 12/2011

Tags: Cancer, Hematology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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