Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

Community Events and Outreach

The Masonic Cancer Center invites members of the public to these events, workshops, and community outreach resources.

  • April 12, 2014: Rein in Sarcoma Mini-Medical School: "Finding Cures for Sarcoma Cancers

    8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minn

    The 2014 Rein in Sarcoma (RIS)  Mini-Medical School: "Going to the Dogs" - Finding Cures for Sarcomas through Canine Research will be presented in collaboration with University of MN School of Veterinary Medicine and will highlight the very promising sarcoma research being conducted by the U of MN College of Veterinary Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Jamie Modiano.  The event is free to all RIS supporters. Click for more details and to register.

  • April 18, 2014: Help Launch Kill Kancer

    7 p.m., Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
    Fundraising event for cancer research at the University of Minnesota featuring Dave Pirner, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy and special guests Taj Raj. For ticket information visit the website. For more information about Kill Kancer, visit their website.

  • May 9, 2014: Hippocrates Cafe: The Sarcoma Journey

    6:30 p.m., Mill City Clinic, 901 S. Second St., Suite A, Minneapolis, MN 55415; $20 per person

    Join us for a evening, May 9, 2014 at 6:30pm, when Hippocrates Cafe productions use professional actors and musicians to explore complex healthcare topics. The Sarcoma Stories performance and exhibit will explore the human side of being a sarcoma patient, family member, friend or healthcare giver.

    Creator and producer of Hippocrates Café, Dr. Hallberg is a Assistant professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, medical director at Mill City Clinic and a medical commentator for Minnesota Public Radio as well nationally. Registration is limited to 100 participants. To register visit the website.

  • May 17, 2014: 9th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference

    The 2014 Cancer Survivorship Conference will focus on questions and issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment or following stem-cell transplantation. The emphasis is on educating and empowering survivors so they are better able to advocate for themselves and lead full and productive lives. Join us for this educational conference which will focus on exercise and wellness for the cancer survivor.

    Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others of cancer survivors, health care professionals, school administrators and social workers all benefit from this educational conference. The conference agenda is available here (PDF).

    There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. Reserve on the website.

    Location: McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Parking Available at: University Avenue Ramp or Washington Avenue Ramp

    The Cancer Survivorship Conference is presented in partnership with:

    Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
    University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital
    Children’s Cancer Research Fund
    The National Children’s Cancer Society

  • July 28, 2014: Rein In Sarcoma Party in the Park & Sarcoma Family Picnic

    Save the date for an exciting evening of education, support and entertainment at the 14th annual "Party in the Park" which will be held at the Como Park and Cafesjian's Carousel.

Community Education & Outreach
  • Cancer Information Line

    A cancer nurse is available via phone and e-mail to answer your questions about cancer and clinical trials. The Masonic Cancer Center provides a toll-free telephone line for residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin: 1-888-CANCER MN (1-888-226-2376)

    If you live in the Twin Cities metro area or outside of the toll-free calling area, you may call: 612-624-2620. You may also e-mail your questions to:

    The goal of the information line is to help provide answers to questions that will assist you in making decisions about cancer care. Here are examples of information and assistance provided by the Cancer Information Line:

    • Finding a physician at the University of Minnesota.
    • General information about cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment
    • Clinical trials available for specific cancers at the University of Minnesota as well as other local and national clinical trials
    • Cancer services available at clinics and hospitals affiliated with the University of Minnesota
    • Finding area support groups

    Patient appointments: Contact the University of Minnesota Physicians Masonic Cancer Clinic, 612-625-5411, with questions about appointments.

  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance

    The Minnesota Cancer Alliance (MCA) is a coalition of health care organizations, community-based groups, and volunteers that created and is now implementing Cancer Plan Minnesota. The plan provides a comprehensive and cohesive approach for coordinating cancer control and prevention activities in the state. Cancer is now the number one cause of death in Minnesota.

    Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 is the state's second comprehensive cancer control plan created to reduce the cancer burden among all Minnesotans. As a framework for action, this plan contains measurable objectives and will help guide the members of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance in their fights against cancer in Minnesota.

    Key objectives and strategies focus on the continuum of cancer control from prevention to early detection and treatment to survivorship and end of life. Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 provides a framework for action for planners, providers, policymakers, the public health community and other advocates playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition.

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition. The Masonic Cancer Center has an MCA advisory council whose goals are to:

    • develop communication networks that provide information about the Minnesota Cancer Alliance to Masonic Cancer Center members;
    • inform members about potential research projects that might lead to funding and papers, and
    • integrate Minnesota Cancer Alliance priorities into Masonic Cancer Center projects.

    Program Coordinator:
    Heather Hirsch
    Masonic Cancer Center
    Minnesota Cancer Alliance, MDH
    Phone: 612-624-4099
    Office: 484-2B Mayo

  • Cancer and the Human Body

    The Masonic Cancer Center's annual Cancer and the Human Body event,held in February of each year, is a hands-on exhibit that educates visitors about cancer and showcases some of the current research being done at the University of Minnesota.

  • Speakers and Health Fair Displays


    Speakers from the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota are researchers who are discovering and developing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, as well as improving the quality of life for survivors. And while our speakers include some of the nation's top cancer experts, we promise to leave the technical jargon back at the lab.


    Topics include:

    • Scientific Breakthroughs
    • Preventing Cancer
    • Cancer Risk Reduction
    • Gene Therapy
    • Children and Cancer
    • Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Stem Cell Research
    • Clinical Trials
    • Cancer in Families
    • Survivorship
    • Immunotherapies/Cancer Vaccines/Monoclonal Antibodies

    Health Fair Displays

    A representative from the Masonic Cancer Center is available to come to your organization's health fair and distribute cancer information brochures. We also can bring a display that allows you to compare tissues affected by cancer with healthy tissues.

    To request a speaker, a health fair representative, or to receive more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail

  • Masonic Cancer Center Tours

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota provides tours for business groups, students, community organizations, and more. Walk the halls of our state-of-the-art facility and learn about the tools and equipment scientists use to make important discoveries.Learn more about cancer research being done to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. There is no charge for tours.

    Tours include: Overview presentation about the Masonic Cancer Center and general tour of the building.

    • In some cases, the cancer center can provide hands on activities for groups, such as DNA spooling.
    • Researchers also may be available to speak to tour groups.

    Tours are available to groups of 10 or more, including fraternal organizations, youth groups, seniors' groups, etc. First priority for tours will be given to groups that have hosted speakers from the cancer center and school groups.

    • We ask that groups request a tour at least six weeks in advance.
    • Groups will receive a response regarding whether their tour request can be accommodated no later than two weeks from the day the request is made.

    For more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail

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