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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              January 2015
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QOPI Certification
Healthy Plant-Based Diet 
Cancer Staging Explained
Meet Dr. Sara Torgerson
Free Activities for Families Facing Cancer
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QOPIMinnesota Oncology Receives Recognition for Cancer Care from Largest Oncology Society in US


Minnesota Oncology has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI�) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).  The QOPI� Certification Program (QCP™) certifies oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for cancer care.
PlantA "Plant-Based Diet" for a Healthier You


You have probably heard from your doctor, your nurse, the media, and your dietitian that you should follow a plant-based diet for optimal health and to reduce your risk for cancer and cancer recurrence. But what does that really mean and how exactly do you eat this way?  


Learn more from Minnesota Oncology dietitian Angela Stephens, RD, LD.

StagingDr. Laudi Explains Cancer Staging
Curious about cancer staging? Medical Oncologist and hematologist Dr. Noel Laudi from our Coon Rapids location writes about what it means and how it is used in the December issue of Minnesota Health Care News.
TorgersonDr. Sara Torgerson Joins Minnesota Oncology

Dr. Sara Torgerson

A warm welcome to Sara Torgerson, D.O.  who joins our St Paul Cancer Center team this month. 

Dr. Torgerson is a native of Woodbury, MN and recently relocated to the area after completing her fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.    


She received her medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. 


"It is a privilege to care for my patients and of upmost importance to appreciate their unique circumstances," said Dr. Torgerson. "My philosophy is to provide compassionate, patient-centered care while offering the latest evidence-based medical treatment."   


Dr. Torgerson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. As part of her interest in research, she has presented at regional meetings as well as an international lung cancer meeting, and has written several peer-reviewed articles, the most recent being a review on supportive care for pancreas cancer.


In her spare time she enjoys family time with her husband and two young children, Charlotte and Christian.  She also loves downhill skiing and water sports.  A favorite summer getaway is the family's lake cabin in Wisconsin.

Holiday Aires in Coon Rapids 

The soothing sounds of the harp filled the air as Sue Stanaway played holiday music at our Coon Rapids clinic last month. Sue lost her husband to cancer a year ago, and was inspired to offer her talents after having a discussion on volunteerism with a friend who is also a patient at the clinic. Amid the normally busy clinic schedule and the hub bub of holiday preparations, infusion patients and staff alike greatly enjoyed this festive gift of music.  

FamilyActivitiesFree Activities for Famililes Facing Cancer

Are you in a family facing cancer? You're not alone. Through its Facing Cancer Together program, Angel Foundation offers free education and support events to adults with cancer and their children ages 5-18. Upcoming free activities include:


Teen Photography Series: In this four-week series, a professional photographer will teach teens how to create a modern photographic self-portrait. Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 10, 17, 6- 8 p.m., Angel Foundation office in Minneapolis. To register, call Dan at  or (612) 627-9000.


Daylong Retreat: A fun and relaxing day for kids ages 5-18 and families who have a parent with cancer. While parents meet, kids join their peers in a variety of activities. Lunch will be included. Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran church, St. Paul. To register, contact Missy at or (612) 627-9000 ext. 507.


For more information about Angel Foundation, go to or call (612) 627-9000.

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