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.

  • November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
  • November 10 and November 14, 2014: Henrietta Lack's Legacy: Two Conversations

    November 10, 2014: Meet the author
    7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert hall
    Join us for a conversation with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (known by scientists as HeLa). In 1951 doctors at Johns Hopkins took cancerous cells from her body without her knowledge. HeLa cells have played

    a major role in important scientific and medical advancements, but the Lacks family has received no compensation despite the billions of dollars that HeLa cells have generated in the medical industry. Skloot’s book raises critical questions about race, ethics, and scientific discovery.

    November 14, 2014: Meet the family
    9:45 - 11:30 a.m., Northrup Auditorium
    Two members of the Lacks family and Ruth Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, will share their perspectives on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks. The event will be moderated by Susan M. Wolf, J.D., McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine, and Public Policy.

    For more information see

  • November 14, 2014: 2014 Westgate Pediatric Ethics Forum: Ethics and genetic testing of children – Who gets to know what, when and why

    12-4 p.m., Children’s Minneapolis Education Center, 2525 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
    Holly Tabor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, Truman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, co-founder of My46
    Susan Wolf, J.D., McKnight Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy, Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Medicine
    Case examples and discussion presented by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Genetics Department

  • November 28, 2014: Remembrance Rock Friday Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota

    Remebrance Rock Friday- A benefit concert for Pancreatic Cancer-Wellner Fund
    6:30-10:30 p.m.Minnetonka Country Club Ballroom


    Fran Cosmo (former BOSTON leader singer)
    Alex Ligertwood (former SANTANA lead singer)


    HEADLINER featuring special guest Greg Armstong of Fabulous Armadillos

    Special Opening Performance TBA

    Special RIP Dedication for Jimi Jamison & Fergie Ferderiksen

    Reserved Seats $40 advance/$50 door (if not Sold Out)
    General Admission $25advance/$35 door (if not Sold Out)
    Table Sponsorship $300...VIP seating for 8-Table Sponsorship

    100% of all proceeds go to pancreatic cancer research at University of Minnesota/Wellner Fund in honor of Gary Wellner and all of those affected by this deadly disease. 

    Purchase tickets at or contact Mike Woodley at 612-386-0082 for more information.

  • December 11 and 12, 2014: KS95 for Kids® Radiothon
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 Liaison:
    Melinda Donaway, M.S.W.
    Masonic Cancer Center
    Phone: 612-624-4099
    Office: 760 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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