Supporting Advances in Cancer Research and Care


Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota and the second-leading cause of death nationally. It accounts for one in every four deaths.

At the University of Minnesota, we understand that cancer is not just about numbers; it’s about real people. For decades, U physicians and researchers have been trailblazers in diagnosing, preventing, and treating cancer, and charitable gifts have been behind many of their breakthroughs.


  • U physician-researchers pioneered several lifesaving cancer treatments, including bone marrow transplantation in 1968.
  • The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is among an elite group of 47 Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide conducting leading-edge research and offering innovative treatments for individual patients and applying findings to larger populations.
  • Many of the Masonic Cancer Center’s more than 500 members contributed to breakthroughs in breast, bone, childhood, and lung cancers, as well as blood and marrow transplantation, tobacco cessation, cancer prevention and screening, cancer survivorship, and the use of ultra-high-field imaging in breast and prostate cancer.

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What sets us apart

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New normal

Backed by U resources and research, childhood cancer survivors are thriving decades after treatment.

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Test flight

Like pilots using a flight simulator, U of M scientists use disease simulators to evaluate potential cancer treatments.

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Scott’s strength

How a genetic discovery empowered Scott Nelson and his family to take on cancer—and take control of their health.