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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              April 2015
In This Issue
National Healthcare Decisions Day: A Day for Planning

A message from Minnesota Oncology Medical Director 
Dr. Mark Sborov and Director of Quality Dr. Nicole Hartung

NHDD_2015April 16th marks the eighth anniversary of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a day for national, state, community and business organizations to help the public focus on the importance of advance care planning, and to encourage discussion among patients, their loved ones and their healthcare teams.

Advance care planning involves exploring and documenting treatment preferences so a person's healthcare wishes can be honored in the future. The main goal of National Healthcare Decision Day is to bring awareness to the issue and ensure that all adults have the information and the opportunity to communicate and document their future healthcare preferences. Thousands of organizations and millions of people nationwide observe the day, which is gaining widespread recognition. As a major provider of comprehensive cancer services to the community, Minnesota Oncology is pleased to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. Learn more.

GrillingFrom the Dietitian: Guidelines for Grilling

The signs of spring are around us; the birds are chirping, trees are budding, and temperatures are rising.  With warmer temperatures, outdoor activities become more common and this includes outdoor cooking.   Grilling is a popular method of preparing meals, especially in warmer months.  Grilled food tastes like no other; however, grilling can have a dark side if not done correctly.  There are a couple of reasons why grilling is linked to increased risk of developing cancer. Read more.
HopeRegister in April for Hope in Motion 2015 and Save!
Have you signed up for
 Hope in Motion - Minnesota's National Cancer Survivors Day 5K and Family Walk on Sunday, June 7, 2015  at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington?  Join us to celebrate survivors of all types of cancer.  Prices increase on May 1, so register now!
PharmacyMinnesota Oncology Welcomes New Pharmacy Manager


Jill Phillips

Minnesota Oncology is pleased to announce that Jill Phillips, MPH, RPh, will join the practice as Pharmacy Manager at Maplewood Cancer Center on April 7. Phillips was previously with Fairview and the University of Minneosta Physicians (UMP) where she established and managed of all aspects of outpatient oncology pharmacy services for 13 years until January 2011. She worked collaboratively with physician leadership on best practice guidelines, policies, clinical trials and education. Read more.

TPTMinnesota Oncology Providers, Patients, and Staff Featured in Twin Cities Public Television Cancer Series


Twin Cities Public Television's "Living Beyond Cancer" and "Late Life: Cancer in Between" broadcasts premiered earlier this week, and Minnesota Oncology providers, patients and staff shared stories and information about the latest in cancer care and living with a diagnosis.

Minnesota Oncology physician Dr. Michaela Tsai shared information about the latest in cancer research as part of a live-to-tape panel discussion hosted by Mary Lahammer. 
Watch the segment here.

Krista, a patient at Minnesota Oncology's St. Paul Cancer Center, shared her story of keeping positive outlook throughout her diagnosis and treatment of a very rare type of cancer.


Mari, a patient of Dr. Barbara Bowers at Minnesota Oncology's Edina Clinic, shared this moving piece about her own experiences with breast cancer and the healing power she discovered in tattoos. As the local organizer of Personal Ink (, Mari now helps other breast cancer survivors to "reclaim their mirrors."

Minnesota Oncology Patient Financial Counselor Terri Oachs was featured in Late Life: Cancer in Between. Terri discussed financial assistance resources available to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

TesticularApril is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts

Testicular cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in one or both testicles. An uncommon disease, a man's lifetime risk of getting testicular cancer is about 1 in 300. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that approximately 8,430 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed this year, and more than 380 men will die of the disease in the United States. It is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with a man's lifetime risk of dying being 1 in 5,000. Learn more. 

AngelAngel Foundation Launches Second Kids Kamp


For kids who have a parent facing cancer, feeling alone and different from other kids can be one of the worst parts of the cancer experience. Fortunately, Angel Foundation's three-day Kids Kamp, offered free of charge to children 5-18 who have a parent with cancer, provides a safe, supportive and fun environment for children while their parents can get the rest, education and support they may need.  

Due to demand, this summer Angel Foundation will launch a second camp. Now campers have a choice of camps June 18-20 or Aug. 18-20, both at True Friends Eden Wood Center, Eden Prairie. Learn more.


For more information about Angel Foundation programs for families facing cancer, call (612) 627-9000 or go to