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 1997, one of only 41 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 1-888-CANCER MN (1-888-226-2376) is available for residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- 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.
News and Events
Umbilical cord blood is potential lifesaver for a young patient
John Wagner, M.D., director of the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, and Michael Verneris, M.D., were featured in a front page Star Tribune story about their plans to treat a boy who was born with HIV and later developed a rare form of leukemia. This will be only the second attempt to treat a patient with both HIV and leukemia, and the first to use cord blood cells that have a rare HIV-resistant genetic mutation. Read more.
8th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference
The 8th Annual Cancer Survivorship Series Conference was held on April 6, 2013. Over 250 cancer survivors, family members, friends and health care professionals attended this educational conference. Read more.
Update is an official newsletter of the Masonic Cancer Center for faculty, members, staff, colleagues, and friends.