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.

  • April 25, 2015: Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania Gala

    6 - 10 p.m., Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, 1313 Nicollet Mall

    Ticket information

    The Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (FCCT) is working to enhance cancer care in northern Tanzania, a region that currently has no designated cancer care facilities. FCCT plans to begin construction on a dedicated oncology clinic in June 2015.Learn more about FCCT and how you can

  • May 2, 2015: Cancer Survivorship Conference

    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Join us for the 10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference which will address topics important to cancer survivors and their families. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others, health care professionals, school administrators and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.

    This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Kirsten Ness, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Ness is an expert in exercise and physical activity interventions for long-term cancer survivors.

    The conference will also feature a presentation by Christine Clifford, 20-year cancer survivor and award-winning speaker, author of six books including Not Now, I'm Having a No Hair Day!, and creator of The Cancer Club(R), the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.

    View or download the brochure (PDF).

    There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please register early or call 1-888-CANCERMN (1-888-226-2376).

  • May 30, 2015: Break the Bank for Kidney Cancer

    TCF Bank Stadium: Race check-in 15-45 minutes prior to heat near Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza, (West end of the stadium). Same day registration is possible at the race check in location.

    Racing climbers and Burly Bank climbers start at 7 a.m. Participant climbers start at 9 a.m. If you’re a serious racer or athlete, the timed race through 6054 stairs will challenge you (3027 up and 3027 down). If you just want to have fun or show support for kidney cancer awareness and climb stairs, set your goal and achieve it, the lower bowl has fewer than half stairs and at anytime you can step out of the course and walk over to the elevator to the Club Room. Be sure to pop some kidney cancer cells (balloons) and end up in the air conditioned Club Room. Early Bird Registration ends May 16th, midnight (Adults $35, Kids 12-17 $28.00, under 12 free, Teams of 5 or more $28.00 each), Then $45, $38 May 17-29. Same day registration $55, $48.

     Break the Bank- Climb 4 Kidney Cancer, is a professionally managed event with a chip-timed race early in the morning, and a non-competitive fun climb. Children under the age of 10 are welcome to climb with adult supervision, but are not allowed in the race portion of the climb.

    View a video with Coach Jerry Kill.

    Visit the website for more information and to register.

  • June 20, 2015: 13th Annual Time to Fly ® Walk/Run

    Phalen Park, St. Paul

    More information

  • September 9, 2015: Varsity Team Rally: Make Hope Happen

    Save the date for a unique, casual, insider's evening to learn from cancer researchers and meet other 'team' members dedicated to cancer research.

    Visit the website for more information.

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

    Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn. 

    For 15 years the Masonic Cancer Center has partnered with The Science Museum of Minnesota to highlight the science of cancer research. Researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center develop interactive displays to explain what cancer is and looks like and what they are doing that could lead to better ways to find, treat and beat cancer. This takes place in the Human Body exhibit area and is open to anyone who pays admission to the Science Museum for that afternoon.

    Participants can:

    • compare normal cells to cancer cells
    • see different types of cancers in human tissues
    • find out how dogs and zebra fish help us learn more about cancer in humans
    • learn about bone marrow matching and donation for treatment of cancers
    • see if you have damage to your skin due to sun exposure or tanning beds
  • 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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