Community Events and Outreach
The Masonic Cancer Center invites members of the public to these events, workshops, and community outreach resources.
September 3, 2015: State Fair Innovations in Cancer Care and Prevention Day
9 a.m.-9 p.m., University of Minnesota Building, Dan Patch Avenue
The Masonic Cancer Center is joining forces with University of Minnesota Cancer Care for "Innovations in Cancer Care and Prevention" at the State Fair on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Fair goers can learn about cancer research and care, experience hands-on demonstrations of research, take a cancer quiz and win prizes, and try out the U's Study Finder to learn about current clinical trials and how to enroll. Stage events will include "Ask the Experts," where fair goers can ask questions about cancer screening and other issues.
Visit the website for details.
September 9, 2015: Varsity Team Rally: Make Hope Happen
Save the date for a unique, casual, insider's evening to learn from cancer researchers and meet other 'team' members dedicated to cancer research.
Visit the website for more information.
September 12, 2015: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer Research
Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th Street, Edina, MN 55435
Visit the website for more information and to register.
September 12, 2015: Masonic Cancer Center/Program in Health Disparities Research at Open Streets Mpls
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
University of Minnesota (University Ave. and Oak St.)
Visit the website.
September 18, 2015: 3rd Annual Putting for Pancreatic Cancer Research
11 a.m., Majestic Oaks, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd NE, Andover, MN 55304
Benefits pancreatic cancer research at the University of Minnesota
September 19, 2015: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleRideStride
Elm Creek Regional Park, Maple Grove, MN
PurpleRideStride is a signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Each year, in communities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in more than fifty-six signature events, including PurpleRideStride Minnesota. These events are critical in raising awareness and funds that advance research and support patients and loved ones with a promise of a better tomorrow.
September 20, 2015: Masonic Cancer Center/Program in Health Disparities Research at Open Streets Mpls
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nicollet Avenue (Lake St.-46th St.)
Visit the website.
October 10, 2015: 14th Annual Breast Cancer Education Conference
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Cennter
Otis Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
What are the road blocks that challenge cancer patients from getting the best health care available?
Experts Talk on Oncology: What's New and What's Changed?
Speakers: Douglas Yee, M.D., Tufia Haddad, M.D., and Barbara Bowers, M.D.
For more information and to register: www.BreastCancerEducation.org.
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.