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.

  • October 10, 2015: 14th Annual Breast Cancer Education Conference

    8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Cennter

    Keynote Speaker: 
    Otis Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
    What are the road blocks that challenge cancer patients from getting the best health care available?

    Experts Talk on Oncology: What's New and What's Changed?
    Speakers: Douglas Yee, M.D., Tufia Haddad, M.D., and Barbara Bowers, M.D.

    For more information and to register:

  • October 24, 2015: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Living Well

    1- 4 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th St. SE
    Join us and MOCA-funded Masonic Cancer Center researchers to learn about the progress made on their projects since they were awarded MOCA grants. Featured speakers include Amy Skubitz, Ph.D., Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., and Reuben Harris, Ph.D. 


    This meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Register.

  • October 24, 2015: Living Well Meeting: Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance Research Updates

    1-4 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th St. SE, Minneapolis

    Please join us and MOCA-funded University of Minnesota researchers and learn about the progress made since they were awarded their MOCA grants. Featured speakers include Drs. Daniel Vallera, Amy Skubitz, and Reuben Harris. Several other researchers will be available during a poster session to share information about their work and answer questions.

    This meeting is free and open to the public. Register now.

  • April 23, 2016: SAVE THE DATE for the 11th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference

    Saturday, April 23, 2016
    8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

    A cancer diagnosis can alter the landscape of your life. Although it doesn't redefine you, it can change your lifetime health care needs. Save the date for this free educational conference that focuses on questions and issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment or following stem-cell transplantation.

    Registration is required and will open in early 2016. To be added to our conference mailing list, please visit the website.

Community Education & Outreach
  • 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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