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Cancer

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States. But survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment.

Classes & Events

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Fairmont, MN
10/24/2017
6:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Mankato, MN
11/08/2017
5 -6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
11/13/2017
3-5 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
11/14/2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.

In The News

Patient receives Y90 treatment in Eau Claire to manage liver cancer

Mark Turnbull never saw it coming. A sharp pain in his side woke him from a sound sleep one night. He dismissed the discomfort and figured it would go away by morning, but the pain only intensified as...

January 27, 2017

From The Blog

Staying positive, supporting others helps Cathy fight against breast cancer

When Cathy Klug was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, it came as a shock. The healthy, 43-year-old mom and school teacher had always taken care of herself and always enjoyed good health. But her positive attitude moved her forward as a true survivor.

October 5, 2017

After breast cancer, simple tasks become extraordinary feats

At 31 years old with a young daughter and the natural inclination to go, go, go, slowing down was hard for Lindsey Bruns to imagine. However, Bruns, a business owner and Mankato resident, was forced to reduce her daily pace when she was hit with two major life events in 2016. She fell off her horse and broke her hip in May, and in June, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

June 13, 2017

The Survivor Bell

Jane-Marie Bahr shares her personal experience of her last day of radiation treatment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

April 27, 2017

State-of-the-art treatment for prostate cancer

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have access to state-of-the-art radiation technology in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

April 24, 2017

Patient thankful Y90 treatment slows liver cancer

Three months out from his last Y-90 treatment, Mark Turnbull continues to work, feels well and remains in good spirits.

January 27, 2017

Cervical cancer: Pap smears and prevention

You just received a letter from your doctor’s office informing you that you’re due for your Pap smear. You dutifully call and schedule an appointment, but have you ever taken a moment and really asked yourself what is a Pap? Why are you getting screened for cervical cancer, and can you do anything to prevent it?

Graham King MD By Graham King January 17, 2017

College professor beats breast cancer with hometown team

Polly Browne, 54, a North Mankato, Minnesota resident and elementary education professor at Mankato-based Bethany Lutheran College, didn’t have symptoms, but she knew something wasn’t quite right with one of her breasts. An otherwise healthy person who had not long ago received a normal mammography report, Browne decided she needed to see her primary provider, Susan Laabs, M.D., Family Medicine.

January 16, 2017

Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent cancer

Compelling evidence shows that generous amounts of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating a healthy diet and adopting healthy habits have so much power in decreasing the possibility of developing breast and colorectal cancers in particular.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg October 11, 2016

Chance discovery leads to baby’s successful surgery

Mandy and Tyler Leopold, of Austin, Minn., adopted Elliana at birth. She was born May 3, 2013, and her infancy was completely normal until 16 months.

August 16, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part I)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part one of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part III)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part three of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016

The skinny on skin cancer: One doctor's personal experience (Part II)

Two years ago this May, David Asp, Ed.D., a psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, learned that a skin biopsy taken earlier was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. At the time, Dr. Asp knew little about melanoma and skin cancer in general. However, since his diagnosis and continuous ongoing treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, he has learned a great deal and wants others to have what he did not. Part two of three.

David Asp By David Asp May 24, 2016