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In the past three decades, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has gone from an experimental procedure to being more common. Pregnancies enabled by IVF frequently have more difficulties, with children born earlier and smaller even among singleton births.

arpit rao

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. In 2019, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 9,560 new cases of testicular cancer in the United States.

Arpit Rao, M.D., a testicular cancer expert with the Masonic Cancer Center and the University of Minnesota Medical School, answers questions on the symptoms, treatment and screening for testicular cancer.

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More than 16,000 women die from ovarian cancer each year in the United States. Ovarian cancer is often called the "silent killer" because the symptoms are so vague that women are often not diagnosed with ovarian cancer until the disease has progressed to advanced stages.

Currently, no blood test exists that is adequately sensitive or specific enough to be used to screen women in the general population for ovarian cancer. Studies have shown that using just one protein biomarker at a time is not sufficient to screen women's blood for ovarian cancer.

Ilana Chefetz

March 13, 2019 (Austin, Minnesota) – For most people, the only thing worse than hearing the diagnosis "cancer" is hearing that it has returned.  Dr. Ilana Chefetz, leader of The Hormel Institute's "Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis" lab, today published new discoveries about ovarian cancer chemo resistance and recurrence in the top journal Cell Reports.  Her research project included collaborations with Drs. David Lombard, Charles Landen, Thomas D. Hurley, Scott D. Larsen and Ronald J.

MN Blue

March into Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Minnesota landmarks and public spaces to be lit blue on Tues., March 5
Mayoral proclamations being made in several Minnesota cities.

Some people might say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” or “laughter is the best medicine.” However, a good old-fashioned workout might just be what the doctor ordered.

A study being conducted by Shernan Holtan, MD, Assistant Professor Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a Masonic Cancer Center researcher, puts fitness to the test for cancer survivors.