Frequently Asked Questions
This list of frequently asked questions is designed to give our visitors a more thorough understanding of the Masonic Cancer Cente rand where it fits into cancer care at the University of Minneosta. Here you will find links to additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Masonic Cancer Center? Can I be treated there?
The Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota is where scientists and physician-scientists research cancer. The research ranges from laboratory research of how cells and genes affect cancer to clinical research of new drugs and methods to treat cancer. Physicians working on this research may also treat patients on the University of Minnesota campus at the University of Minnesota Physicians Masonic Cancer Clinic; the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
What is an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center?
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a branch of the federal government's National Institutes of Health. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are institutions that bring together researchers with advanced academic and clinical expertise to focus on the problem of cancer. The University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are the only two cancer centers in Minnesota with this designation. There are 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. This designation gives these institutions access to millions of dollars in research funds, opportunities to participate in new therapies, and enhanced ability to recruit top scientists and physicians.
Comprehensive cancer centers also serve the public as resources for cancer education. The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota fulfills this role by providing professional education and training as well as community education and events. The Cancer Center also provides a free information line for the public to contact with questions about cancer at 1-800-CANCER MN (toll-free in five-state area), 612-624-2620, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the NCI's Cancer Centers Program website for more information about this unique designation.
Why should I go to the University of Minnesota for cancer treatment?
University of Minnesota physicians who treat patients are also engaged in researching and teaching the newest and most effective cancer treatments in addition to advancing patient care. Learn more about cancer care at the University of Minnesota.
How do I learn about or reach a cancer physician at the University of Minnesota?
Contact University of Minnesota Physicians (UMPhysicians), 612-672-7422, toll free 1-888-256-9787, TTY 612-672-7271. UMPhysicians is the clinical practice for the full-time faculty of University of Minnesota Medical School. Most appointments are at the University of Minnesota Physicians Masonic Cancer Clinic, conveniently located at 424 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota campus. Please verify your clinic appointment location when making your appointment.
UMPhysicians Masonic Cancer Clinic
424 Harvard Street SE, STE M100
Masonic Masonic Cancer Center, 1st floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Outpatient Clinics at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Where is the Masonic Cancer Center?
The Masonic Cancer Center's laboratories and administrative offices are located primarily in the Cancer Center Research Building at 425 East River Road, Minneapolis. Visit the Maps, Directions & Parking page for more information.
How do I contact the Masonic Cancer Center?
Visit the contact page for a full list of phone numbers and e-mails.
Why are the cancer research and cancer clinic buildings on campus called "Masonic"?
For the last 50 years, the Masonic Families of Minnesota have played a key role in making sure that those afflicted with cancer receive the care and treatment they need. On April 10, 2008, the University of Minnesota announced that it received its largest gift ever—$65 million—from the Minnesota Masonic Charities to the University of Minnesota Cancer Center. With this pledge, Masonic support of cancer research and care at the University of Minnesota over the past 53 years totals $100 million. Read more about this gift.
Is the Masonic Cancer Center affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cancer Research Center at the U of M?
Some physicians and researchers affiliated with the Masonic Cancer Center conduct research in the VFW Cancer Research Center at 406 Harvard Street, adjacent to the Masonic Cancer Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary raised the money to build the facility in 1959, and those organizations continue to contribute funds to support the facility.