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Pheo Survivor Reunites with Dr. Ben Ristau After Life-Saving Surgery

Headshots of Survivor, Michael Campbell, and Dr. Ben Ristau

On this episode we had the honor of speaking with two guests on the topic of pheochromocytoma or an adrenal gland tumor.

Our first guest is Michael Campbell, a pheochromocytoma survivor, who shares a powerful story of how he learned about his diagnosis and the journey he then had to take to fight for his life. Our second guest is Dr. Ben Ristau, a urologic oncologist at UConn Health in Connecticut and one of the doctors who ultimately helped to save Michael's life. Dr. Ristau talks about pheochromocytoma from a medical perspective and details what you should know.

Stay tuned at the end of this episode for an “Ask the Experts” segment, where Michael will get to ask Dr. Ristau some questions from a patient’s perspective.

Short on time? Use the below timestamps to jump to any section:

Michael Campbell, Survivor:
1:07 - Introduction
2:12 - The story
16:41 - Recovery and where he is today
21:25 - Advice for patients and caregivers

Dr. Ben Ristau:
24:28 - Introduction
26:30 - What is pheochromocytoma?
28:52 - How common is pheo? Symptoms, causes and risk factors
31:46 - Diagnosis
33:23 - Treatment
34:30 - Advice for patients and caregivers
38:13 - Final thoughts

Ask the Experts:
39:57 - Ask the Experts segment with Michael and Dr. Ristau

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March 24, 2022

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