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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              March 2015
In This Issue
Minnesota Oncology Adds M-6 CyberKnife� Treatment to Radiation Therapy Services at St. Paul Cancer Center

Minnesota Oncology treated its first patient this week on the St. Paul Cancer Center's  Nasseff CyberKnife . The  CyberKnife� M-6 Robotic Radiosurgery System  is a powerful, non-invasive and non-surgical precision treatment option for cancerous and noncancerous tumors and lesions. Brain, kidney, liver, pancreas, skull base, and spine tumors and lesions may qualify for CyberKnife treatment at Minnesota Oncology. CyberKnife treatment may not be appropriate for all conditions and patients, but we invite you to contact our caring and expert staff to help determine if CyberKnife is right for you. Call us at 651-241-4646. Learn more.
ColorectalCancerMarch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Our Edina Clinic staff dressed in blue on March 6.

Minnesota Oncology clinics participated in Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 6 to promote Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Staff at our 11 Twin Cities Metro clinics wore blue along with special stickers as a reminder about colorectal cancer prevention and detection. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cancer cells develop in the colon or rectum. It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that approximately 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and nearly 49,700 men and women will die of the disease this year. Get the latest facts about colorectal cancer prevention and detection  here . See all of our Dress in Blue Day photos here.
HopeinMotionRegister Now for Hope in Motion 2015
Hope in Motion 2014 Highlights

M innesota Oncology will once again host 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!  Visit for details and to register.
WellnessTeaDr. Purvi Gada Speaks at Women's Wellness Tea


Minnesota Oncology's  Dr. Purvi Gada shared tips about simple every day habits that lead to healthier, happier lungs and livesat the 2015 Women's Wellness Tea hosted by A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation on Saturday, March 7 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Minnesota Oncology was proud to cosponsor this event with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health.


MaplewoodNewProvidersMeet Our New Maplewood Cancer Center Providers


Sarah Johnson, PA-C, recently joined Minnesota Oncology as an advanced practice provider at our Maplewood Cancer Center. "I tailor my approach to patient care to fit the person sitting in front of me; addressing the distinct physical and emotional needs of my patients with compassion, evidence-based medicine and a well-rounded perspective," Sarah says. "I strive to serve as a resource, supporter and guide for patients and their families."


Medical oncologist and hematologist Kiran Lassi, MD, also began treating patients at the Maplewood Cancer Center once day per week. "Cancer is an overwhelming diagnosis," Dr. Lassi says. "My goal as a hematologist and oncologist is to focus on each patient as an individual to provide the personal care, comfort, convenience, confidence, and peace of mind he or she deserves."

OutstandingNurseNominate an Outstanding Nurse

Have you received amazing care from your Minnesota Oncology nurse? Mpls.St.Paul Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Nurses Awards. Nominations most be submitted by April 1. Nominate a nurse today! 

RacefortheCureJoin the Minnesota Oncology Team for Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure on May 10


This year, Minnesota Oncology staff, providers, and patients are coming together to participate in Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure on Sunday, May 10 at Southdale Center. Click here to register and join team MN Oncology. Our team will be lead by Minnesota Oncology social workers Jennie Entgelmeier and Lisa Thelemann.

WinterRetreatAngel Foundation Hosts Winter Retreat


More than 50 adults and children attended Angel Foundation's recent annual Winter Retreat at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul. With a theme of "dreams" (dreams for today, tomorrow and the future), the day was filled creating dream theme crafts such as sleep masks, soaps, lip balm and tie fleece blankets. Read more.


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