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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                                  May 2014
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MN Oncology Nutrition Therapy Program Honored
MNO Laboratory Manager Earns National Award
Patients Find Meaning Through Scrapbooking
Meet MNO's Coon Rapids Physicians (Videos)
Mercy Specialty Center Open House a Success
The Magic of Angel Foundation's Kids Kamp

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AyeniMN Oncology Welcomes New Gynecologic Oncologist
Tina Ayeni, MD

Minnesota Oncology is pleased to announce the association of Tina A. Ayeni, M.D. with the practice of Gynecologic Oncology/Surgery at the Plymouth WestHealth Clinic. 


Dr. Ayeni joined Minnesota Oncology on May 1 from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine.  Read more.GoldenApple

MN Oncology Honored with MAND Golden Apple Award

Dietitians Heidi Ganzer, Dianne Piepenburg, and Tracie Swearingen accepted the MAND Golden Apple Award on behalf of Minnesota Oncology.


Minnesota Oncology was recently selected by the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) to be the recipient of the 2014 MAND Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award is presented to an organization or individual that has made significant contributions to the profession of dietetics in Minnesota. MAND's Twin Cities Chapter nominated Minnesota Oncology and "convinced the Awards Committee by the glowing recommendations, that you would be a worthy recipient, due to your wonderful work on with cancer patients and dietetics," according to the award letter.
  Read more...  LexiHansen

Minnesota Oncology Lab Manager Named to ASCP's 

"40 Under 40" Program

Lexi Hansen


Lexi Hansen, MLS(ASCP), Laboratory Manager for Minnesota Oncology, was recently named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology's 40 Under 40 Program, which shines the spotlight on 40 pathologists, pathology residents, and laboratory professionals from across the country under age 40 who are making significant contributions to the profession. Read more... Melanoma


Melanoma Support Group Begins Meeting June 3

Minnesota Oncology, in collaboration with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, is now offering a new monthly support group for people diagnosed with melanoma. The group will be facilitated by health care professionals currently working directly with melanoma patients in our clinics.The group is primarily for patients with stage III and IV melanoma and their families/support people, but everyone is welcome. 
The group will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 3 in the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute conference room on the second floor of the Fridley Medical Center. There is no cost and registration is not required. Learn more...SkinCancerMonth


May is Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month


Do you know the warning signs of melanoma? Keep the ABCDEs of melanoma in mind when checking your skin: Asymmetry. Border. Color. Diameter. 


Learn more about skin cancer and melanoma preventaion and detection...HopeinMotion

Save $10 on Registration for Hope in Motion Celebration


On Sunday, June 1, 2014, Minnesota Oncology  will host a National Cancer Survivors Day´┐Ż celebration. Activities for cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, healthcare professionals, ans supporters include a 5K Walk/Run, a 1-Mile Family Walk, a Kids Dash, movement exercises and inspirational and informative speakers. 


Hope in Motion will take place on June 1, 2014, at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, MN. Join the celebration by form a team to help us raise funds for Angel Foundation and Well Within, or register as an individual. Save $10 on registration for the 5K Run/Walk by entering HOPE10 at checkout or save $5 on registration for the 1-Mile Walk with code MILE5. 

Learn more and register...  Scrapbook

Patients Discover Meaning Through Scrapbooking


About 30 cancer patients and survivors gathered at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley on Saturday, April 12 to document their cancer journeys through scrapbooking. The event, "Scrapbook for Meaning," is organized twice a year by Chara Anderson, a member of Shepard of the Valley and a certified nurse practitioner at Minnesota Oncology's Minneapolis clinic.  

Read more... CoonRapidsVideos

Meet Minnesota Oncology's Coon Rapids Physicians
Gauri Nagargoje, MD
Gauri Nagargoje, MD
Get to know some of Minnesota Oncology's Coon Rapids Physicians, such as Dr. Gauri Nagargoje, by viewing their introductory videos on our YouTube ChannelMercyOpenHouse
Mercy Specialty Center Open House a Success  

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the new Mercy Specialty Center during the Open House event on Saturday, May 3. We welcomed more than 1,000 visitors into our newest Minnesota Oncology clinic in the brand new medical building in Coon Rapids. View photos here.KidsKamp


Angel Foundation: The Magic of Kids Kamp


Angel Foundation's Kids Kamp, free to children of parents facing cancer, truly makes a difference in the lives of campers and their families. It is a joy and our privilege to witness the transformation each year. The magic will return June 12-14 at Eden Wood Center in Eden Prairie. 


If you know a family with school-age children facing cancer, do them a favor and tell them about Kids Kamp. Find out more.

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