Minnesota Oncology

Upcoming Events and Classes

Cancer Survivor Wellness Program Classes

This free series of classes is intended for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. You will have the opportunity to learn new ways to enhance and support your health throughout your cancer treatment and beyond. This integrative health series will help you create personal empowerment through education and self-care.

September 30, 2014: Cancer Survivorship

September 17, 2014: Food as Medicine/September 24, 2014: Cancer, is it in my genes?

September 16, 2014: Happiness Boosters

Melanoma Support Group

First Tuesday of every month; 7-8:30 p.m.
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Unity Hospital
Fridley Medical Center, Ste. 200
480 Osborne Rd. NE, Second Floor Conference Room

This group is designed to provide education, support, and be a place for individuals diagnosed with melanoma to share their journey. The group is primarily for patients with stage III and IV melanoma and their families/support people, but everyone is welcome.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call 763-252-1767 or 763-236-5624.


Caregiver Support Group

Third Tuesday of every month; 6:00-7:00 p.m.

VPCI Conference Room
Ritchie Building
310 North Smith Ave
St. Paul, MN  55102

Upcoming Schedule: 5/20/14, 6/17/14 , 7/22/14, 8/19/14 , 9/16/14,10/21/14, 11/18/14, 12/16/14.

Light refreshments will be provided. Caregivers can park in the St. Paul Cancer Center Lot.

Fridley Cancer Center

Support Groups and Classes

Did you know that  the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Unity Hospital offers a free class on health care directives every month?  A health care directive relays care wishes when you are unable to do so yourself.  It outlines your goals, values, fears, hopes and dreams as they relate to your life and health care decisions.  The interactive class answers many questions including why you would want one and when you should complete one.  The class is held the 4th Monday each month from 3-4 pm.

To register or ask questions, please call 763-236-5607

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Support Groups – Coon Rapids

Did you know that every cancer patient at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Resource Center – Mercy Hospital has access to a free wig if needed? Wigs and head coverings are available in our Wig Room which is open during clinic hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but please check with our Resource Desk for a complimentary wig fitting.

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Look Good…Feel Better: MN Oncology Clinics

For women in cancer treatment. And in charge of their lives.

Look Good…Feel Better is a free service sponsored by The American Cancer Society, which teaches you, as a cancer patient, beauty techniques to help enhance your appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. This program is designed to help women recovering from cancer deal with the unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment such as dry skin, hair loss, etc…

To Register call 1-800-227-2345

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Freedom from Smoking

A series of 8 classes is offered 3 times a year to help individuals become smoke-free

Location: Abbott Northwestern Hospital

For dates and more information please call 612-863-1648

Genetic Support Groups

    BRCA Information Support Group

People with BRCA1 or BRAC2 mutations face complex emotional challenges and complicated medical decisions due to high cancer risks and their impact on individuals and families. This group brings people with a BRAC1 or BRAC2 genetic diagnosis together with others facing similar challenges. The group meets nine times per year. For information, please contact Anna.Leininger@usoncology.com or call 651-999-8977

    Lynch Sydrome Information & Support

People with Lynch Syndrome face unique medical challenges keeping up-to-date and managing the complexities of coordinating medical care for this genetic condition, which substantially elevates risk for colorectal, endometrial and several other cancers, and impacts close and extended family members. The purpose of this group is to bring together people facing similar challenges and to provide a group forum to discuss the latest relevant information abut Lynch Syndrome. This group meets four times per year.

For information, please contact Anna.Leininger@usoncology.com or call 651-999-8977

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