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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              June 2015
In This Issue
Hope Second Annual Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk Draws More than 800 Participants

More than 800 cancer survivors, their families and friend, caretakers, and healthcare professionals participated in the second annual  Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk  on Sunday, June 7, 2015 to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. The event, presented by Minnesota Oncology, raised more than $45,000 for  Angel Foundation , a Minnesota nonprofit that provides non-medical emergency financial assistance, education, and support to adults living with cancer and their families.  Read more and view photo albums here.
VideoMinnesota Oncology Debuts New Video

Minnesota Oncology: Hope is Close By
Minnesota Oncology: Hope is Close By

We are excited to share our new video with you! Watch closely and you'll see lots of familiar faces from our 11 clinic locations across the Twin Cities Metro. With Minnesota Oncology, hope is close by...
FertilityMinnesota Oncology Provides Fertility Preservation Options for Patients

Many people who have had cancer wish to have children in the future. Sometimes the treatments that are used to fight cancer (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) can have negative effects on fertility.  Fortunately, there are options for men and women to preserve their fertility before treatment. It is important to talk to your health care provider about your options prior to starting cancer treatment. Minnesota Oncology has partnered with the  Center for Reproductive Medicine and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, to provide timely fertility assessment, planning, and preservation for our patients. 


"The goal of the initiative is to ensure that all young cancer patients are informed of the risks and their options for potential fertility preservation," said Dr. Michaela Tsai, oncologist at Minnesota Oncology's Minneapolis Clinic and a leader in this partnership. "There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about this process that might deter women and their providers from considering IVF. We hope to provide education and resources to reduce this barrier."

To learn more, please watch this video and visit our Fertility Preservation webpage.

NurseAwardsMinnesota Oncology Nurses Named Finalists in 2015 Outstanding Nurse Awards


Congratulations to the following Minnesota Oncology nurses who have been named Outstanding Nurse Awards finalists by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine! These nurses were nominated by their patients and peers and chosen by a panel of judges as finalists, and they will be honored at a reception in July:

Bryn Thompson, RN, OCN (Minneapolis Clinic)

Maren Loftness, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC (Edina Clinic)

Celia Mattke, RN, OCN (Woodbury Clinic)
Alicia Wojchik, MAN, RN, CNP, AOCNP (Chaska Clinic)
Cindy Love Olive, RN, OCN (Woodbury Clinic)

AmatrudaDr. Thomas Amatruda Reveals Positive Results of Melanoma Immunotherapy Clinical Trials


Dr. Thomas Amatruda, oncologist and hematologist at Minnesota Oncology's Fridley Clinic, is an author of a study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, revealing positive results of clinical trials using immunotherapy to treat late-stage melanoma. "What is different about it is that it is a virus that kills cancer," explained Dr. Amatruda, Minnesota Oconology, who is one of the key researchers of this global study. Watch the KARE -11 News coverage and read the Star Tribune article on his research.


GrillingMinnesota Oncology Dietitian Sarah Barts Shares Healthy Grilling Tips on KARE-11 News

There's no arguing that grilling can be both fun and tasty. But it is also true that grilling can increase the risk for cancer - not just because of the common types of grilled foods, but because of the chemical process of grilling itself. Sarah Barts, a registered dietitian with Minnesota Oncology, stopped by the KARE 11 studio last month to provide seven steps for safe grilling. 

Watch the segment.

JazzMN Oncology Nurse Plans Notes of Hope Fundraiser for Angel Foundation

Local artists will gather on Saturday, June 20th, 2015  for Notes of Hope fundraiser at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis for two shows at 1 p.m. and a 6 p.m.

The event, which is being organized by Minnesota Oncology infusion nurse Yana Reko - a cancer survivor and a singer who will perform in both shows, will feature jazz and Broadway standards and original compositions as well as some family-friendly comedy. Light refreshments will be provided. A suggested $10 per person donation is encouraged, and 100 percent of the proceeds from these events will benefit Angel Foundation.   Learn more and RSVP.