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Minnesota Oncology News                                                                              September 2014
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New Minnesota Oncology Website
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors 
Chaska Clinic Opens
New Providers
Meet Maplewood Physicians
Soy: What's the Scoop?
The Race Goes On
Becoming Well Within Conference
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WebsiteCheck Out the New Minnesota Oncology Website



Minnesota Oncology launched its new mobile-friendly website this month. The website allows patients and caregivers to easily find information about their physicians, upcoming events, and more.


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Top20 Minnesota Oncology Physicians Named "Top Doctors" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine


Congratulations to the 20 Minnesota Oncology physicians who were named "Top Doctors of 2014" by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Chosen by their peers, these Minnesota Oncology physicians are among the top 700 physicians in the state, and they make up nearly half of the physicians in the oncology category of this year's list.


See the full list here. 

ChaskaChaska Clinic Now Open


Minnesota Oncology opened the doors to its 11th Minnesota clinic in August. The Chaska Clinic is housed in the Lakeview Professional Building.


An open house celebration slated for September 13, 2014. Come and tour our newest clinic from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


View photos of the new clinic.

StaffMinnesota Oncology Adds Five New Providers


Meet the five new providers recently added to our multidisciplinary care team.


Minnesota Oncology's newest physician, Vinay Gupta, MD (right), started practicing at the Minneapolis clinic in August.


Dr. Gupta's areas of interest include brain tumors, colon cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, lung cancer, and multiple myeloma.


Shanda Phippen (left) joined Minnesota Oncology's Edina clinic as a genetic counselor, in partnership with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute. Shanda works with patients to understand their history, set goals, and help them reduce their and their family's cancer risks.


Sarah Barts (right), a registered dietitian, brings to Minnesota Oncology her expertise in whole foods nutrition as it relates to the prevention and treatment of cancer. She works primarily with patients at the Woodbury, Saint Paul, and Maplewood clinics.

A warm welcome to Maren Loftness, DNP (left), who has joined the staff at our Edina Clinic. As a certified nurse practitioner, she brings a special interest in advance care planning and pain and symptom management to the multidisciplinary team here at Minnesota Oncology. 


Jennifer Hierlinger, CNP (right), is the newest member of the advanced practice provider team at our Woodbury Clinic.  Jennifer specializes in gynecologic oncology care and comes to Minnesota Oncology from the University of Minnesota Physicians where she worked in a hospital-based GYN Oncology Clinic. 
MaplewoodMeet Minnesota Oncology's Maplewood Physicians



Get to know some of Minnesota Oncology's Maplewood physicians, such as Dr. Vic Liengswangwong, by viewing their introductory videos on our YouTube channel.

SoySoy: What's the Scoop?


"You shouldn't eat soy - it's bad for you." "I have heard soy increases the risk for breast cancer."  


These statements are commonly heard among patients and health care professionals alike. Whether or not to include soy in your diet has been a source of controversy with no clear answers.  


Read more... 

RacesThe Race Goes On

Minnesota Oncology has been hitting the trails this summer in support of cancer patients and survivors.


Hope in Motion

The first Hope in Motion Survivorship Celebration was held on July 13 at Normandale Lake in Bloomington.  More than 600 participants participated in the 5K Run/Walk, the One-Mile Family Walk, Kids Dash, and a variety of other wellness activities.


Proceeds from the event were donated to Angel Foundation and Well Within, two Minnesota nonprofit organizations that provide support and programs for cancer survivors.


Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who worked so hard to make Hope in Motion a great success, and to the many cancer survivors and their families who came out to celebrate life.   


Watch this video to see the highlights from the Hope in Motion Suvivorship Celebration. See photos from the event and the photo booth.



Miles for Melanoma 

Miles for Melanoma at Como Lake on August 2 had a record 650 participants and raised $58,000 for Melanoma research and education. Our hard-working staff helped race organizers pass out t-shirts and manned the water stop at the halfway point.  


Twin Cities Lung Run
As in past years, the Minnesota Oncology volunteers were in full swing at this year's Twin Cities Lung Run, sponsored by A Breath of Hope Foundation. Enthusiastic lung cancer survivors, family members, and supporters took part in the race at Lake Harriet on August 16. New this year were the Support Circles and the touching Rose Raft of Remembrance and moment of silence ceremony at the lake. View more photos here.

Chaska River City Days
Staff members from our newest oncology clinic introduced Minnesota Oncology to the Chaska community during River City Days on July 25-27.

Burnsville Relay for Life

Minnesota Oncology staff participated in the Burnsville Relay for Life on August 1. Dr. Matthew Gall (pictured below) spoke to participants during the opening ceremony, urging them to continue offering encouragement to those facing cancer and their friends, families and caregivers. During the event, our lead lab tech, Kham Chanthalinh, and her two daughters donated more than three feet of hair to Locks of Love. View more photos here.


WellSave the Date for Becoming Well Within


Becoming Well Within is a one-day conference for cancer survivors and those who love them. Minnesota Oncology is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of this day of inspiration, connections, laughter and learning. Save the date for Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prom Center in Oakdale.


For event details and to register, click here.

Our mission is to combine the strength of hope with the power of science, one patient at a time.