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Sanford studying impact of genetics on cancer treatments

A new study open and enrolling patients at Sanford Health is exploring how genomic profiling might help improve treatment options for patients with advanced or rare forms of cancer. The COMPASS study examines the latest genetic sequencing tools to personalize cancer treatments based on each patient’s genomic information. Steven Powell, M.D., and Sam Milanovich, M.D., […]
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Cancer research receives grant to move into clinical trials

The Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research is the recipient of a five-year, nearly $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to translate laboratory research into clinical trials for head and neck and pediatric cancers. The grant was awarded as part of the NIH’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or CoBRE, which […]
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Breast cancer journeys different for every woman

Sanford Bemidji's entire oncology team works together to develop treatment plans to fit each patient's specific needs both medically and emotionally.
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Sanford Bemidji will name cancer center for Joe Lueken

A new cancer facility in Bemidji will be called the Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center in honor of the late grocery store owner. The Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation has provided a significant lead gift to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota as part of the Care Without Limits campaign, which will enable […]
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Sanford clinical trial looks for genetic targets in cancer

A Sanford Health clinical trial that looks for genetic targets in cancer is now being offered at the Sanford Cancer Center in Bemidji. The Genetic Exploration of the Molecular Basis of Malignancy in Adults (GEMMA) is enrolling adult patients whose cancer has progressed after the first line of treatment, or who have rare cancers without […]
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Edith Sanford Breast Center receives $45,000 grant

Edith Sanford Breast Center is proud to announce a $45,000 grant, one of 23 recipients for the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program. Funding will support Sanford’s embrace survivorship program. The project granted a total of $1 million to organizations nationwide to support and educate more than 5,000 metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers and […]
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Hope and Hart launch Edith Sanford Breast Cancer

You know her as the energetic, confident, picture-perfect icon of “Entertainment Tonight.” But on August 17 at a special event in Sioux Falls, S.D., she stepped on stage personifying a new day in the fight against breast cancer. “Hello everybody. I’m Mary Hart. And this is my mother,” said the native South Dakotan, proudly holding […]
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Edith Sanford Breast Center announced

A Personal Journey At the age of four, philanthropist and Sanford Health namesake, T. Denny Sanford, lost his mother Edith to breast cancer. Today with a $100 million dollar gift from Mr. Sanford, we are honored to launch Edith Sanford Breast Cancer. This major expansion of Sanford Health’s medical research and clinical care will explore […]
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Understanding chemotherapy

Sanford Children’s Pediatric Oncologists are here to provide the latest in chemotherapy while minimizing side-effects as much as possible. Our pediatric cancer nurses and child life specialists are here to support each child and their family before, during and after treatment. What is chemotherapy? Chemotherapy (often just called “chemo”) refers to medications that kill actively […]
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Fertile Hope offers help to cancer patients with infertility

Patients who are diagnosed with cancer face many emotional and physical challenges including the possibility that treatments meant to save their life may impact fertility. For many young people, the thought of being sterile can be almost as devastating as the cancer diagnosis itself. To assist cancer patients in their reproductive years, several local physicians […]
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