Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute


Masonic Cancer Center joins nation’s cancer centers in endorsing HPV vaccination for cancer prevention 
Joint statement urges parents, young adults and physicians to act to increase vaccination rates 

The Masonic Cancer Center creates a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community. Founded in 1991, the cancer center became a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in 1998, one of only 45 institutions in the United States and two in Minnesota to hold that designation.

More than 500 faculty and staff are members of the Masonic Cancer Center. It is home to some of the world's top cancer researchers in bone marrow transplantation, breast cancer, bone cancer, cancer genetics, tobacco research, immunology, new therapies development, pediatric oncology, chemoprevention, and epidemiology.

  • Research is organized into seven programs that focus on specific themes.
  • The Cancer Information Line 612-624-2620 that is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by a cancer nurse.
  • Through clinical trials, researchers learn which approaches are more effective than others.
  • Program meetings, seminars, and other interdisciplinary meetings at the Masonic Cancer Center brings together experts from different fields to address the problem of cancer.
  • Members can apply for internal grant mechanisms available through the Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program which is offered on an annual basis. The overall goal of this program is to foster the development of and provide support for novel research ideas that focus on a problem in cancer. In turn, the Cancer Center expects that these internal awards will lead to nationally peer reviewed funding.


News and Events
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Cancer and the Human Body

The Science Museum and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, invite you to the Cancer and the Human Body event, Saturday, February 20, 2016, 12-4 p.m. Learn the basics about a disease that touches so many lives each year—from cancer biology to laboratory research and treatment methods. 

Minnesota Cancer Alliance requests your participation in a brief survey

The Minnesota Cancer Alliance is updating Cancer Plan Minnesota.  During the month of February the Alliance is collecting public comments about how Minnesota can improve in the areas of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship, with a focus on health equity. Click on the link below to offer your ideas about what is working well and what could work better to reduce the cancer burden in Minnesota. Take the survey

Internships in Cancer Research

The Masonic Cancer Center offers undergraduate students a number of opportunities to participate in cancer research. Applications for summer undergraduate research internships are available now!  Read more

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