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Doctor Jesse Dirksen sits in an upright posture, smiling during an interview

Breast cancer surgeon Jesse Dirksen: A source of help, hope

Homegrown surgeon thinks future of care might put him out of a job someday
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 19 min read
cancer survivor Megan McManus applies sunscreen to her arm

Melanoma survivor who had cancer at age 15: Save your skin

Think ahead to prevent skin cancer, and know signs to watch for
SHN Staff SHN Staff 11 min read
Sanford Health LPN Joan Muller receives a hug from Dr. Ashley Briggs (in floral dress) after being presented with a check for $1,000 raised from sales of Dr. Briggs' handmade earrings.

Co-workers rally for nurse Joan Muller as she faces cancer

LPN gets blessings back after decades of encouraging patients and team
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 24 min read
Close up of woman practicing mudra meditation

What is integrative health? Treating more than an illness

Specific techniques and practices can help ease patients' stress and discomfort.
Ashley Schwab Ashley Schwab 7 min read
doctor looking into microscope

Network expands access to Minnesota cancer clinical trials

Nearly half of all Minnesotans receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
Avatar Jonathan Bleeker 4 min read
HPV virus illustriation

HPV vaccine for cancers: Team turns an idea into reality

New vaccine may treat not just a single cancer but multiple cancers.
Ashley Schwab Ashley Schwab 4 min read
Andre Johnson, who bought male breast cancer, and his daughter

Male breast cancer: Pink stands for men, too — even farmers

“I was speechless. How can a male have breast cancer? How could this happen to me?"
SHN Staff SHN Staff 9 min read
breast cancer survivor holding plate

Vaginal dryness common in cancer survivors

A diagnosis and treatment can create stress that has a deep impact on hormone levels for some patients. Here's what you can do.
SHN Staff SHN Staff 4 min read
helpful tips to quit smoking or using tobacco

5 steps to quit smoking or using tobacco

“When people have been smoking for so long, it’s become part of their daily life."
SHN Staff SHN Staff 8 min read
High school classmates Peggy Haken (in purple) and Marcia Johnson (in blue).

Classmates brought back together through breast cancer

“There we were, two in our class (of 21) with breast cancer."
Jane Heilmann Jane Heilmann 8 min read