The Care for Cancer
Minnesota's top institution for cancer care — offering the most advanced treatment options and early phase clinical trials
We take cancer care personally
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Adult Cancer Care
Recently diagnosed or exploring a second opinion? Call us today at:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Pediatric Cancer Care
Navigating a recent diagnosis? Every cure starts with care. Call our Pediatric Cancer Care specialists today at:612-365-8100
Saturday: 7:30-11:30 a.m.
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What to consider when selecting your cancer care
Academic health systems are the first institutions to benefit from cutting-edge clinical research as it moves from the lab to the bedside. In many cases, academic programs are large enough to support a wide range of cancer specialists, including teams focused on rare cancers. They typically have invested in state-of-the-art equipment that enables them to lead the way at the forefront of cancer-fighting technology. These institutions are also the training grounds for the next generation of cancer doctors through medical residence and subspecialty fellowship programs.
Your treatment plan may include frequent treatment sessions that may extend for weeks or months. That means that having conveniently located care sites can make a big difference in navigating your cancer journey. How far will you have to travel to see your cancer care team? Are there convenient, community-based locations for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other treatments you may need?
Not all quality designations are alike. Designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center is among the rarest and most prestigious quality designations a cancer program can receive. Only about 70 programs nationwide are NCI-designated cancer centers – placing programs with this designation in the top 4 percent of the country’s 1,500 cancer programs.
Participation in clinical trials is voluntary, and people with many types and stages of cancer may be eligible. Taking part in a clinical trial may expose patients to a new therapy that could be an effective cancer treatment for them. Clinical trial participants are also helping to save lives by testing innovative treatments for future patients. To find out if a clinical trial may be right for you, talk with your doctor.
Second opinions are a common practice in cancer care, and almost all doctors welcome another doctor’s viewpoint. In fact, some health systems present cancer cases at multidisciplinary tumor boards, where a team of experts from surgery, medical oncology, radiology, pathology, and other relevant specialties come together in real time to consider each patient’s case and determine the best course of treatment for that individual.
Second opinion consultations can help you feel confident that you’re getting the best possible treatment for your cancer, and they are covered by many health insurance plans, too. To find out how to get a second opinion, talk with your doctor or care coordinator.
In a truly multidisciplinary approach, expert groups of surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and radiation and medical oncologists, as well as support care teams, residents, nurses, and care coordinators all work under one roof and come together to review patient care plans and discuss the next course of action. This meeting of minds allows for the exchange of ideas, helping you make informed decisions about your treatment and resulting in a more coordinated, smoother cancer treatment journey.
When evaluating a cancer program, you may want to know if the center has a specially trained support services staff on hand to meet with patients and their families from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. A specialized patient support services staff may include specialists in cancer psychology, oncology nutrition, social work, transitional care coordination, spiritual support, and integrative therapy.
It can also be helpful to know whether the center offers classes, meetings, and appointments focused on specific issues patients might be experiencing.