Community Events and Outreach
The Masonic Cancer Center invites members of the public to these events, workshops, and community outreach resources.
October 24, 2015: Living Well Meeting: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Research Updates
1-4 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th St. SE, Minneapolis
Please join us and MOCA-funded University of Minnesota researchers and learn about the progress made since they were awarded their MOCA grants. Featured speakers include Drs. Daniel Vallera, Amy Skubitz, and Reuben Harris. Several other researchers will be available during a poster session to share information about their work and answer questions.
This meeting is free and open to the public. Register now.
October 25, 2015: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk
5-8 p.m., Mall of America
Join the Masonic Cancer Center and University of Minnesota Cancer Care, who are co-sponsoring a team of providers and staff, “University of Minnesota Cancer Care Champions,” to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Visit the website to register.
November 1, 2015: Purple Light Twin Cities
7 p.m., Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleLight is a gathering of survivors, family, and friends who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. Participants form a community of hope in parks, courtyards, and city venues, as they share stories about their connection and the commitment to fight pancreatic cancer. Individuals gain both encouragement and comfort by illuminating purple glow sticks as they hear their loved ones’ names read aloud. More information.
November 9, 2015: American Cancer Society Research Breakfast: Making Clinical Trials a First Resort in Cancer Care
7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN
Please join the cancer research community as we discuss barriers to clinical trials participation, especially for minority communities, and the role of academic institutions, nonprofits, government and clinicians in improving access. More information.
March 12, 2016: SAVE THE DATE! Transitions in Survivorship Care
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Dr., Cincinnati, OH
Visit the website for more information.
April 23, 2016: SAVE THE DATE for the 11th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference
Saturday, April 23, 2016
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
A cancer diagnosis can alter the landscape of your life. Although it doesn't redefine you, it can change your lifetime health care needs. Save the date for this free educational conference that focuses on questions and issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment or following stem-cell transplantation.
Registration is required and will open in early 2016. To be added to our conference mailing list, please visit the website.
Community Education & Outreach
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.
Melinda Donaway, M.S.W.
Masonic Cancer Center
Office: 760 Mayo
Cancer and the Human Body
Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn.
For 15 years the Masonic Cancer Center has partnered with The Science Museum of Minnesota to highlight the science of cancer research. Researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center develop interactive displays to explain what cancer is and looks like and what they are doing that could lead to better ways to find, treat and beat cancer. This takes place in the Human Body exhibit area and is open to anyone who pays admission to the Science Museum for that afternoon.
- compare normal cells to cancer cells
- see different types of cancers in human tissues
- find out how dogs and zebra fish help us learn more about cancer in humans
- learn about bone marrow matching and donation for treatment of cancers
- see if you have damage to your skin due to sun exposure or tanning beds
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.
- Scientific Breakthroughs
- Preventing Cancer
- Cancer Risk Reduction
- Gene Therapy
- Children and Cancer
- Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Stem Cell Research
- Clinical Trials
- Cancer in Families
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.