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Cancer Care

Cancer Care

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  • Overview
  • How We Care for You
  • Treatment & Options
  • Support & Education
  • Cancer care overviewAt St. Francis, cancer patients have access to sophisticated programs and leading technology and treatments. Our cancer team is equipped to treat all forms of cancer, including more complex and advanced cases. Our collaboration with Minneapolis Radiation Oncology, PA, which is located on-site, brings specially trained staff and cutting-edge treatment right here, close to home.

    The St. Francis Cancer Center is a Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited program.

  • Cancer care how we careJust as no 2 patients are alike, no 2 cancers are alike. Our oncology team identifies personalized treatment and tools for each patient. Patients are able to consult with a multispecialty team of support services and caregivers.

    Care Coordinator
    Our cancer care coordinator helps patients and families navigate through diagnoses and treatments. Education and support helps them better understand their treatment options.

    Integrative Care
    By giving patients tools to move away from the worry, stress and pain of their illness, they can often find the inner strength needed to support healing. Integrative therapies like guided imagery, acupuncture and massage therapy help patients focus on reducing anxiety, pain and nausea.

    Pain Management
    St. Francis partners with the physicians and healthcare specialists of Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) to offer comprehensive pain relief and rehabilitation therapies to manage acute, chronic, cancer-related and spinal pain. Resources are available for referral.

    Nutrition Consults

    Cancer Research

    Lymphedema Treatment and Management

    Education and Support

    IV Therapy

    • Antibiotics.
    • Hydration.
    • Blood products.
    • Central line care and lab draws.

    Non-Oncology Diagnoses Treatment

    • Ectopic pregnancy.
    • Tuberculosis.
    • Lyme disease.
    • Anemia.
    • Post-operative infections.
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  • Breast Care

    Cancer care treatmentSt. Francis offers screening, diagnosis, education, support and treatment for women with breast cancer and other breast-related problems. We coordinate our services with emphasis on patient education and decision-making assistance. Our specialists have expertise in lumpectomy, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonel manipulation, biological therapies and other treatments.

    Radiation Oncology in Collaboration with Minneapolis Radiation Oncology (MRO)

    Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses strong beams of energy to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing and dividing. Sophisticated equipment and techniques treat even the rarest types of cancer, relieve adverse symptoms and improve quality of life. The technology used for radiation treatment delivers higher doses of radiation to a smaller treatment target. The result is more precise treatment delivery and minimal side effects.

    Chemotherapy, Transfusion and IV Support

    Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment used to describe drugs that kill cancer cells directly. Therapy can be administered intravenously, by mouth, or by other methods.


    Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. A strong, healthy immune system defends the body against infection, helps it recognize and kill cells that have become cancerous, and generally keeps the body in good condition.

    Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

    • Digital mammography.
    • Ultrasound.
    • Stereotactic biopsy.
    • PET/CT scans.
    • MRI scans.
    • Nuclear medicine.
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  • CancercaresupportEducation about your cancer diagnosis and treatment options is important for your recovery. Our patients deserve to be full partners in their own healthcare. Not only does it empower the patient, but it also allows care to be delivered more effectively and efficiently.

    Chemotherapy Education Classes for Patients and Families

    Nurses from the Cancer Center provide up-to-date information for St. Francis patients and their families in these free, 1-hour classes. Here you'll learn more about the chemotherapy treatment, what to expect, side effects and other important topics. Families are encouraged to attend to better understand what their loved one is experiencing and how they can best provide support. Class sizes are kept small to allow time for questions. You will be scheduled for this class before or early on in your treatment.

    Clinical Research

    The St. Francis Cancer Center works closely with other leaders in the Twin Cities to give residents in our community access to the newest therapy available for cancer treatment, symptom management and cancer prevention. As members of the Metro Minnesota Community Clinical Oncology Program (MMCCOP), a nonprofit research program sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and participating hospitals and clinics, the St. Francis Cancer Center can offer patients access to more than 100 clinical trials that includes most cancer types.

    Support Groups

    A variety of support groups are available for cancer patients and their family members. These groups provide a caring and supportive environment in which patients and their families can share and discuss their feelings with other people in similar situations.

    • St. Francis Women’s Connection.
    • St. Francis cancer education and support group.
    • Allina Health support groups.
    • Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center classes and groups.
    • Spiritual care.
    • American Cancer Society—Look Good...Feel Better.
    • Community resources through the American Cancer Society and Scott County Human Resources, among others. Please ask your caregivers for more information.

    Outcomes Report

    The Cancer Center's annual outcomes report highlights statistics and studies of site-specific cancers.

    Contact the St. Francis Cancer Center

    For appointments and general information call 952.428.2031.

    For information about participating in a clinical trial call 952.428.4131.

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