Community Events and Outreach
The Masonic Cancer Center invites members of the public to these events, workshops, and community outreach resources.
May 2, 2015: Cancer Survivorship Conference
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join us for the 10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference which will address topics important to cancer survivors and their families. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others, health care professionals, school administrators and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.
This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Kirsten Ness, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Ness is an expert in exercise and physical activity interventions for long-term cancer survivors.
The conference will also feature a presentation by Christine Clifford, 20-year cancer survivor and award-winning speaker, author of six books including Not Now, I'm Having a No Hair Day!, and creator of The Cancer Club(R), the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.
There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please register early or call 1-888-CANCERMN (1-888-226-2376).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.