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Josh Sanborn plays his guitar.

In grim leukemia battle, young man just kept going

Alarming complications cropped up, but nurses offered 'sense of community'
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 10 min read
Belva Leer stands, arms crossed, smiling.

Breast cancer set nurse on a mission to help others

Two-time survivor's message: 'There is life with cancer and after cancer'
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 12 min read
Registered nurse Lindsey Fuller gives Ken Santemaa maintenance treatment.

Dad shares struggles in fight against follicular lymphoma

'Dad Against Cancer' blogger Ken Santema writes to help others
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 12 min read
Physical therapy assistant Jamie Thompson works with Mataya Duvall as she swings at Sanford Bemidji Children's Therapy.

Preschooler born with cancer now works at being a kid

Coping with effects of neuroblastoma, Mataya Duvall enjoys her physical therapy
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 16 min read
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A father and son’s journey through prostate cancer

Radio personalities Ray and Mark Ricci thank early cancer screening
SHN Staff SHN Staff 7 min read
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