Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

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
08/28/2018
6:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

New Prague, MN
09/04/2018
5-6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
09/10/2018
3-5 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
09/11/2018
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Mankato, MN
09/12/2018
5 -6:30 p.m.

Look Good Feel Better

Women's Wellness

Fairmont, MN
10/22/2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.

In The News

Cancer center joins statewide cancer clinical trials network

Patients in communities in southern Minnesota and across the state will soon have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery thanks to a new state-funded partnership involving t...

April 9, 2018
La Crosse Cancer Center to renovate, expand

The $4.9 million project will add 3900 square feet including nine exam rooms and nine treatment chairs to the Cancer Center, located on the lower level of the Cancer and Surgery Building. 

November 14, 2017

From The Blog

Living life to the fullest after cancer treatment

Megan Brooks lives every day to the fullest after her care team, family and friends helped her through two cancer diagnoses.

July 20, 2018

The importance of a cancer survivorship care plan

Cancer care doesn’t end just because treatment is done. Life doesn’t immediately go back to normal because you are done with radiation or chemotherapy. It's important to address the needs of cancer survivors with a survivorship care plan.

June 6, 2018

Why you should screen early and vaccinate against cervical cancer

Did you know that cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death in women? Find out what changed and how you can help protect yourself or your family against it.

February 12, 2018

What is thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer arises from the thyroid gland — a butterfly-shaped organ located on the front of the neck whose main function is producing thyroid hormones to regulate metabolism. Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in U.S., mainly due to advancements in imaging techniques that help detect smaller lesions.

Sakine Sever MD By Sakine Sever November 28, 2017

Important information for breast cancer prevention

I challenge you to not only support Breast Cancer Awareness Month but to take your own awareness of breast cancer one step further. I encourage you to be aware of the risk factors for breast cancer and what strategies you can implement in your lifestyle to reduce your risk.

Hanna_Mina By Mina Hanna October 19, 2017

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

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