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Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. However, survival rates are improving for many types of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment.


Support Groups
Mankato, MN Virtual

A virtual class for those in the Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague area offering compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Call the Andreas Cancer Center to register. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration, which you then click on when it's time for the group to start. Check your junk mail if you don't see it in your email inbox.

In The News

Volleyball game to promote cancer awareness

Mayo Clinic Health System will hold a cancer awareness event at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire volleyball game on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

September 20, 2022

From The Blog

Virtual care for people with cancer

The COVID-19 pandemic and increased internet access changed how you shop, travel, work and access health care. Learn how telehealth options like virtual visits are used to help people with cancer.

Amye Tevaarwerk, M.D. By Amye Tevaarwerk November 1, 2022

Surprise wedding shower 1,000 miles from home

Thresa Pattee thought she simply was walking into her regular chemotherapy appointment. Instead, she walked into a surprise wedding shower put together by her care team.

August 8, 2022

9 common questions about genetic testing for cancer

Genes act like an instruction manual for your body. Genetic testing can tell if you have an increased risk for developing certain conditions like cancer. Get answers to common testing questions.

Breanna Mitchell, M.S. By Breanna Mitchell July 25, 2022

Plant power: Using diet to lower cancer risk

Fruits and veggies may lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Learn how phytochemicals found in plants protect your body from damage and slow down cancer processes.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg June 21, 2022

The importance of cancer screenings for the LGBTQ community

Going to see a health care professional can be especially scary for those in the LGBTQ community. A Mayo Clinic expert shares why it’s crucial to have cancer screenings regardless of gender identity.

June 10, 2022

Emotional recovery after cancer treatment

Cancer can affect the way you feel, think and act. Learn common emotions felt by cancer survivors, and gather tips for emotional recovery.

Mariah Koenen PA By Mariah Koenen April 26, 2022

Lasting physical side effects of cancer

Cancer can change a person's body permanently, and side effects can linger for months or years. Discover some of the common physical side effects survivors experience and ways to manage symptoms.

Amye Tevaarwerk, M.D. By Amye Tevaarwerk April 25, 2022

Diet tips during cancer treatment

If you're being treated for cancer, food provides fuel for your body. Get diet tips for managing side effects that can affect your appetite, taste and nausea.

March 30, 2022

Preserving kidney function with robotic surgery

A common treatment for kidney cancer is to surgically remove the mass. Learn how robotic surgery can remove kidney cancer with less pain and faster recovery while preserving kidney function.

Scott Pate MD By Scott Pate March 25, 2022

What is thyroid cancer?

The number of thyroid cancer cases has been increasing in the past 20 years, mainly due to advancements in imaging techniques that help detect smaller lesions. Get details about types and treatments.

Omar El Kawkgi, M.B., B.Ch. By Omar El Kawkgi March 11, 2022

Diet, humor and a cancer journey

A cancer diagnosis is life-altering. Watch a symposium, made possible through a sponsorship from the Lloyd and Ardis Peterson Family Foundation, to learn how diet and humor can affect a cancer journey.

February 17, 2022

Screenings, awareness help prevent cervical cancer

While cervical cancer cases have decreased in recent years, it remains a significant threat to the well-being of women. Learn about your personal risk factors and what you can do to prevent and detect this disease.

Ruta Kirstein, N.P. By Ruta Kirstein January 25, 2022