Our team of nationally recognized, board-certified oncologists treat cancer with the latest scientifically supported treatments, research and clinical trials.
Knowing matters. That’s why our oncologists take the time to answer all your questions and review your options thoroughly.
From diagnosis to treatment and beyond, we’re with you every step of the way.
A cancer diagnosis can stop you in your tracks. And everything about the days ahead can become clouded with questions.
At HealthPartners and Park Nicollet, we’re here to help you find answers, talk about how you’re feeling and start discussing your personalized treatment plan as soon as possible. We approach cancer treatment by understanding the impact it has both physically and mentally. Our combined team of oncologists, genetic counselors, surgeons, nurses and many others support you mind and body as we develop your treatment plan.
With many award-winning cancer centers and clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, we’re here for you and your family.
- Bladder cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Reproductive cancers
- Skin cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Urethral cancer
Because cancer can affect any part of the body, many of the signs and symptoms of cancer are similar to other conditions. If you experience symptoms such as blood in the urine or stool, changes in skin color or texture, new lumps or sores that do not heal or unexplained weight loss, especially if you’re experiencing more than one, we recommend making an appointment with one of our primary care doctors.
Any time you have new or unusual symptoms that you are concerned about or are getting worse, you should call your doctor’s office to decide on next steps. Our primary care doctors can diagnose hundreds of conditions and can help you get the answers you need quickly. If your care requires additional expertise, we’ll connect you directly with one of our oncologists.
Every day, researchers are developing more effective treatments for all types of cancer. At our Cancer Research Center, we participate in clinical trials designed to improve the ways we diagnose, treat and manage the side effects of cancer. Our doctors are involved in a number of research trials and projects including early phase, phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials and their own research studies. This means our patients have access to the latest research and clinical trials close to home. Learn more about our participation in current trials and other helpful research.
Medical cannabis can help manage common symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments, including pain, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and anxiety. Patients with cancer are interested in learning more about using cannabis and often look to their cancer care team for advice.
Our team has received national recognition for our research exploring both the benefits and risks of cannabis use by patients with cancer. To help our patients learn more about incorporating medical cannabis with cancer treatment, we created a new clinic called Cannabis in Cancer Research and Education (CanCaRE) clinic.
If you’re interested in personalized, one-on-one education about medical cannabis, you can request a video visit with a CanCaRE advanced practice clinician. During these visits, we’ll answer your questions about:
- State laws and regulations around medical cannabis
- Symptom management
- Risks of cannabis
To learn more about the CanCaRE Clinic or to make an appointment, call 952-993-2091. You can also email CancerCannabis@HealthPartners.com for more information about research opportunities or ways to support the clinic.
With many clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, expert care is always close to home. In addition to our clinics, we have two technologically advanced cancer centers in the Twin Cities to provide comprehensive cancer care when you need it. Here, you’ll find nationally recognized teams of oncologists, surgeons and many others who provide expert, personalized care throughout every step of your treatment. Both cancer centers are certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI).
No matter where you go, we’re here for you every step of the way from diagnosis to life-changing treatment.
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Through cancer research, clinical trials and advanced treatment options we can design a personalized plan just for you.
Common types of treatment include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and many others.
Often called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a type of treatment that uses strong medicine to kill cancer cells in the entire body. We might recommend this treatment if the cancer has spread (metastasized) from the original tumor. Chemotherapy is used to shrink tumors or stop them from growing.
Immunotherapy, also known as biotherapy, uses medicines to increase your immune system’s response to cancer. Some types of immunotherapy give your immune system an overall boost so it’s a stronger defense against cancer cells. Other types of immunotherapy help your immune system target cancer cells specifically.
Using strong beams of intense energy to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells is called radiation therapy. Cancer cells can’t heal from damage caused by radiation like normal cells. Using radiation therapy to target cancer in specific areas of the body can help healthy cells. Radiation is often used in combination with another treatment like surgery or chemotherapy.
Surgery may be used to remove cancer cells and tumors from your body. Whether surgery will be an effective treatment depends on the type and stage of your cancer. It’s often used in combination with another type of treatment like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If surgery is needed, we’ll use general anesthesia to help keep you comfortable.
This type of therapy targets cancer cells directly with the use of powerful medicines. The goal is to change the behavior of the cancer cells, like stop them from growing, blocking the signals within the cell or killing them. Targeted therapy damages fewer healthy cells because it primarily targets cancer cells.
During your cancer treatment, we help make sure that you and your family feel as comfortable and supported as possible. To do this, we offer a wide-range of services as part of personalized treatment plans, including:
Integrative therapies are supporting treatments some people choose to have in addition to their cancer treatments. They’re used to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments and improve your overall emotional and spiritual well-being. Common types of integrative therapies include massage, healing touch, reflexology, music therapy and acupuncture.
Palliative care helps improve the quality of life for people with advanced stages of cancer. Palliative care works alongside medical care to keep you comfortable and provide additional support. Our specialized palliative care team works closely with our oncology department so the support you need during your illness is easily accessible. Our palliative care team will help you understand your treatments, do daily activities, coordinate communication with your doctor and can perform other services to help support you and your family.
Good nutrition is needed to support the increased demands on your body while you heal. The benefits include preserving muscle mass, a healthy immune system, fewer complications and a better quality of life. We’ll recommend different nutrition guidelines to you depending on your type of cancer, stage of cancer or treatment plan. Our registered nutritionists can provide nutrition counseling to help with managing weight changes, dealing with side effects of treatment and navigating nutrition recommendations.
Cancer develops by chance, but people with a family history of cancer might be at a higher risk. It’s possible to have a gene mutation that can be passed from generation to generation. A genetic counselor can meet with you to go over your personal or family history of cancer and help you understand your hereditary risks. If you have questions about genetic counseling or want to know if genetic counseling is right for you, please ask your care team.
Cancer can change the way your body functions. What used to be easy might become more difficult because of fatigue, joint pain, stiffness, weakness, numbing or swelling. Some people might even develop difficulty thinking, balancing, speaking or swallowing. Cancer rehabilitation is a type of treatment that helps you improve your function and ability to do daily activities. We’ll recommend the best treatments for you, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and others.
We provide a specialty pharmacy that’s staffed by pharmacists who are experts in cancer medications. Because our pharmacy is fully integrated with our cancer treatment centers, our pharmacists are able to work closely with your treatment team. This helps to make sure you get the special medications you need to treat and manage cancer. Our team will help you understand the cost of your medication and help you with your insurance.
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has recognized us as a specialty pharmacy with a Distinction in Oncology.
Home care is when doctor-led care is provided in the comfort of your home. The goal is to manage your condition, keep you comfortable and ensure you can safely live in your home. Our team of doctors, nurses and aides will work with you to develop a care plan that meets your needs. If you think home care is the best option for you or your family member, please talk to a member of your care team. We’ll answer your questions and guide you to helpful resources.
Hospice is a type of individualized care provided to patients. The goal of hospice care is to relieve pain and help a patient’s final days be as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Hospice care doesn’t happen in a specific place. Instead, we can provide hospice care wherever you and your family feel most comfortable, including at home, in an assisted living facility, in a hospital or in a residential hospice facility. We’ll work with you to develop a care plan that helps with your medical needs along with the emotional and spiritual needs of you and your family.
In addition to providing the latest treatments and integrative therapies, we offer a variety of support services for our cancer patients and their families. Some of these services include spiritual services, mental health services, grief support and help in understanding your insurance and financing options. If you have a question, please ask a member of your care team.
Our care team will help with scheduling and managing your treatments while offering ongoing support for you and your family.
Yes, many of our patients are able to participate in clinical trials if they meet the requirements. Take a look at our current clinical trials and learn more about our ongoing cancer research.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.
Not sure what your insurance covers? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners: 800-883-2177
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: 800-382-2000
- CIGNA: 800-244-6224 (insurance through work); 866-494-2111 (insurance directly or through the Exchange)
- Medica: 800-952-3455
- Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- PreferredOne: 763-847-4477 (in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750 (outside the metro area)
- United Healthcare: 877-842-3210