Cancers, Tumors & Blood Disorders
Specialties that treat Cancers, Tumors & Blood Disorders conditions:
- Cancer Care (Oncology)
- Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
- Cancer Rehabilitation
- Cancer Survivorship
- Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
- Surgical Oncology
- Infusion Services
- Integrative Therapies During Cancer Treatment
- Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
- Pediatric Cancer
- Interventional Oncology
- Reference Laboratories (MRL)
M Health Fairview Cancer Care is a specialized team of doctors, nurses, researchers and health care professionals committed to providing life-saving care to people with cancer. Through our pioneering work in cancer research, our experts have transformed the way cancer is treated. Our patients have access to the latest most advanced treatment options, clinical trials, and technology to ensure the best possible outcomes.
There are more than 100 different cancer types, and each cancer—and each patient—needs a specialized treatment approach. We create a plan of care that gives you the latest advances in treatments, while valuing your choices and health care goals. Our cancer physicians work closely with your doctor, to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive cancer care, so you can focus on getting well.
Our cancer specialists include scientists at the renowned Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, one of the nation’s top cancer research centers and designated by the National Cancer Institute a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Because our doctors are part of Masonic Cancer Center, they can provide patients and their families with access to the most advanced treatment options and early-phase clinical trials, many of which are available nowhere else.
One course of action may be a blood and marrow transplant. This procedure replaces a person's abnormal stem cells with healthy ones from another person (a donor) and is most often used to treat patients with blood cancers or other blood disorders. This procedure allows the recipient to get new stem cells that work properly.
People travel from across the country and around the world for Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) treatment at our hospitals. University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital have provided compassionate, expert, innovative care to blood and marrow transplant (BMT) patients for more than 50 years.
Our program has been at the forefront of advances since performing the world's first successful BMT in 1968. Our teams have performed more than 8,000 BMTs since that time.
A cancer diagnosis and the impacts of treatment can be a difficult and stressful time for patients and families. Each person has a unique way of handling the diagnosis, making important decisions about treatment, involving friends and family, and integrating this new diagnosis into their everyday life. Our cancer social workers can help.
Cancer Support Groups
Our licensed social workers can become an integral part of your care team to assist with a range of needs that you may experience throughout your cancer journey.
Learn More about Cancer Care Social Work Services or Find a Support Group today.
Social Workers help a patient or family by:
- supporting emotional needs, which also can benefit physical health
- promoting adaptation to illness and treatment
- providing counseling to individuals, couples, children and families who are experiencing emotional distress
- teaching coping strategies like relaxation techniques and communication skills
- helping with problem-solving and advocacy
- facilitating educational/support groups for patients, caregivers, and family members
- assisting with resources (community support, financial, housing, insurance concrete needs within clinic/hospital)
Transforming Cancer Care Through Research
M Health Fairview Cancer Care has created a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals and the community.
Cancer Care Clinical Trials
We currently have more than 225 clinical trials open to treat over 100 different types of cancer, and since 1998 when we became an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, over 78,000 people have chosen to try new treatments, dosages, protocols, and devices by participating in clinical trials.
Conditions & Treatments
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Abscess, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Adrenoleukodystrophy, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Anal Cancer
Anal cancer is rare and often confused with colon or rectal cancers. Anal cancer occurs in the last two inches of the large intestine, where stool leaves your body. Symptoms include bleeding, pain, lumps, itching and discharge.
- Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring
Anticoagulation Medication Monitoring is comprised of a team of specialized nurses and pharmacists who work with patients on an individual basis to maintain the right dose of warfarin or other anticoagulant medications.
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Appendix Cancer
Appendix cancer is a very rare cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Most cases are found when a person has surgery for another condition, and almost half are found during surgery for appendicitis.
A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue in order to test it for cancer. The cells can be removed in several ways and then analyzed in a laboratory.
- Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer, the fifth most common cancer in the United States, occurs when there's an abnormal growth of the cells in the inner lining of the bladder. Bladder cancer affects men four times more often than women.
- Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
Bleeding disorders affect a person’s ability to effectively form a blood clot when an injury occurs. If you have a bleeding disorder, you may have defective or decreased platelet and/or coagulation factors which make it hard for your body to form effective blood clots normally.
- Blood And Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy
When a condition damages the bone marrow’s ability to produce normal blood or immune cells, a bone marrow transplant may be required. This procedure replaces a person's abnormal stem cells with healthy stem cells.
- Blood Cancers (Hematologic Malignancies)
Cancers of blood cells develop in the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes. Blood cancers can lead to low numbers of or poorly functioning white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Patients can present with fatigue, bruising or bleeding, infections, weight loss and night sweats.
- Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer
Bone cancer, sometimes known as bone sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer, destroys healthy tissue, often in the long bones of the arms and legs. Soft tissue cancer, also known as soft tissue sarcoma or musculoskeletal cancer, grows in the soft tissues of the body.
With internal radiation, or brachytherapy, radiation comes from radioactive material placed in seeds, needles or thin plastic tubes that are temporarily or permanently placed inside the patient, within or near the cancerous tissue.
- Brain and Central Nervous System Cancers
Brain cancer or cancer of your central nervous system, means that a tumor has been found in either your brain or spine or your spinal cord. The growth of these tumors can cause damage whether or not they are cancerous (malignant).
- Pediatric Brain and Central Nervous System Cancers
Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) Cancers are the most common type of solid tumor in children, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all childhood cancers.
- Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the cells of the breast. It can begin in the breast duct, where it is called ductal carcinoma, or in the breast glands, where it is called lobular carcinoma. Breast cancer is second in frequency among adults in the U.S.
- Breast Reconstruction
Following a mastectomy or lumpectomy to treat breast cancer, many women choose to have reconstructive breast surgery to recreate the appearance and shape of one or both their breasts. Our plastic surgeons offer the latest reconstructive options, tailored to the needs and wishes of each patient.
- Breast Surgery
Our breast surgeons perform several types of breast surgeries, depending on the location of the tumor, stage of cancer and other factors. Our surgeons also perform preventative (prophylactic) mastectomies for selected patients who are at high risk for hereditary breast cancer.
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Cancer, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
Cancer Related Kidney Disease Onco-Nephrology
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Cancer Related Kidney Disease Onco Nephrology, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Cancer Risk Management Program
As part of University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care, the Cancer Risk Management Program is designed to help patients evaluate their risk of developing cancer and work with them to manage their cancer risk.
- CAR T-cell Therapy
CAR T-cell therapy is a revolutionary new immunotherapy treatment for cancer. Like other immunotherapy treatments, CAR T-cell therapy uses the body’s own immune system to target and fight the cancer.
- Cellular Therapies
Cellular therapies supplement the immune system’s natural ability to fight cancer in several ways. Some cellular therapies modify immune cells (certain T-lymphocytes, for example) to target and destroy cancer cells.
- Cervical Cancer
The cervix is the lower part of your uterus leading to the vagina. Cervical cancer, thought to be caused by the human papilloma virus, often can be found early through Pap tests, making it one of the most treatable forms of gynecologic cancers.
Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
- Childhood Cancer Survivor Program
Our Childhood Cancer Survivor Program provides health care to survivors of childhood and young adult cancers as well as survivors of bone marrow transplant, in conjunction with primary care providers and regardless of where cancer treatment was received.
Colon and Rectal Surgery
M Health Fairview offers Colon And Rectal Surgery, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is very common and occurs in the last 5 feet of your intestine, just before the rectum. Most colon cancers arise in polyps, that can be removed during a colonoscopy before they become cancer. Symptoms include bleeding, abdominal pain, and changes in GI habits.
M Health Fairview offers Cryoablation, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is a rare type of cancer that begins in the white blood cells and attacks the skin. It can cause skin redness or skin tumors.
- Esophageal Cancer
Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. Esophageal cancer can develop in any part of the esophagus, spreading to your lymph nodes, and nearby organs.
M Health Fairview offers Ethanol Ablation, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Gastrointestinal Cancers
Gastrointestinal cancers are cells that grow out of control anywhere along the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the bowel. The most common gastrointestinal cancer is colon cancer, but gastrointestinal cancers also can include cancer of the liver, pancreas, and more.
M Health Fairview offers General Surgery, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Genetic Counseling
If you or your child has an inherited/genetic condition, it means this condition can affect more than one person in the family. Genetic counselors will talk to you about the inheritance of genetic conditions and how this may affect your health.
- Genetic Kidney Diseases
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Genetic Kidney Diseases, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Genitourinary Cancers
Genitourinary cancers include cancers affecting the genital and urinary organs of men and women. They include cancer of the bladder, kidney, penis, prostate, testes, ureter and urethra.
- Genomic Profiling
During the course of your cancer diagnosis and treatment, your physician may order next-generation DNA sequencing. No two cancers are the same. Next-generation DNA sequencing is a test your physician may use to better understand the unique molecular composition of your cancer.
- Gynecologic Cancers
Gynecologic cancers refer to women's cancers including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar.
- Head and Neck Cancers
Cancer can appear in many areas of your head and neck, affecting your ability to eat, drink, hear, smell or speak. Your treatment will depend on your particular cancer and where it is located.
- Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly concentrated chemotherapy that is directly administered into the abdominal cavity during the cytoreductive surgery procedure to prevent the cancer from coming back.
Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
- Infusion Services
Infusion therapy involves giving medication through a needle or catheter. We are able to administer nearly all types of infusions, including, but not limited to antibiotics, IVIG, Orencia, Remicade, Tysabri, blood products, Vivitrol injections, etc.
- Kidney Cancer
Kidney cancer, one of the most common cancers found in the U.S., occurs when there's an abnormal growth of cells in the kidneys. Renal-cell cancer is the most common type of kidney cancer, affecting mostly adults over the age of 40.
- Laryngeal Cancer
Your larynx contains vocal cords that vibrate when you talk. When cancer affects your larynx, you may experience a cough, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing or talking, a sore throat or a lump that doesn’t go away. The vast majority of cases develop from the flat cells called squamous cells.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood in which your white blood cells, your red blood cells or your platelets grow abnormally and interfere with your body’s production of healthy blood cells. As a result, your body is more vulnerable to infections.
- Lip and Oral Cancers
Cancer can occur in many areas of the head and neck, including the lips and mouth. Tobacco use accounts for nearly 80 percent of all mouth and throat cancers.
- Liver Cancer
The liver is a large organ that sits in the upper right of your abdomen, beneath your diaphragm. Cancer that starts in the liver is called primary liver cancer, while cancer that begins elsewhere and spreads to the liver is called metastatic cancer.
- Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and nearly 90 percent of lung cancer is caused by smoking. There are two forms of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (the most common) and small cell lung cancer.
- Lung Cancer Screening
The lung cancer screen requires no preparation and takes about 10 seconds to complete. It uses special low-dose X-ray technology to obtain an image of your lung tissue. You will have to be able to hold your breath for six seconds, however, while the scan takes place.
If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, it means you have cancer within your lymphatic or immune systems. This system was created to fight off infections and diseases. Lymphoma can be either Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin, depending on its cell structure.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U. S., often caused by too much time in the sun or in tanning beds. It develops in the tissues of the skin, and is highly likely to spread to other areas of the body.
Metastatic Cancer Pain
M Health Fairview is committed to treating Metastatic Cancer Pain, and all health issues that arise in our lives, with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Mohs Surgery
With the Mohs procedure, dermatologic surgeons remove the skin areas containing cancer layer by layer, examining each layer under a microscope for abnormal cells. The surgery progresses until only cancer-free tissue remains.
- Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that begins in the bone marrow and affects white blood cells called plasma cells. When the plasma cells become abnormal (myeloma cells), they cease to perform their usual function and begin to reproduce out of control.
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Myeloproliferative Diseases
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) occurs when the stem cells in your bone marrow develop into abnormal white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets. These cells do not function normally and soon die, leaving less room for healthy blood cells to develop.
- Nutrition Works Program
A comprehensive nutrition program designed specifically for University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care patients.
Kidney-related complications can occur due to cancer or chemotherapy, including high blood pressure, electrolyte abnormalities, glomerular disease, and acute kidney injury, as well as monoclonal-related kidney disease including amyloidosis, multiple myeloma.
- Orbital Tumors and Inflammations
The area, or socket, behind your eye is called the orbit. It protects the eyeball and contains bone, muscles, nerves and blood vessels, any of which may develop a tumor or inflammation. This can cause pain, redness, a bulging eyeball or vision disturbances.
- Ovarian Cancer
The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that produce hormones and eggs. Ovarian cancer can involve the epithelial cells, germ cells or stromal cells. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common, but also the most serious.
- Pancreas Surgery
Pancreas surgery can be required for several conditions, including pancreatitis and pancreas cancer. Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can be caused by many conditions, including gallstones, heredity or structural issues involving your pancreatic duct drainage.
M Health Fairview offers Pancreatectomy, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a gastrointestinal cancer that affects the pancreas, a small gland that produces enzymes and hormones, including insulin, to regulate your blood glucose and help you digest food. Pancreatic cancer is a very complex disease that spreads quickly.
- Pediatric Cancer Risk Management Program
The Cancer Risk Management Program is designed to help young patients and their families evaluate their risk of developing cancer and work with them to manage this risk.
Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET-CT or PET) Scan
PET-CT combines nuclear medicine and CT technologies to create detailed pictures. PET-CT is also used to understand how well your treatment is progressing.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
M Health Fairview offers Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer, which forms in the male prostate gland, is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men in the United States. It usually grows slowly, so early detection often leads to successful treatment.
- Radiation Oncology
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
- Rectal Cancer
Rectal cancer occurs in the lower 12 inches of the colon, often in the cells that line the inside of the rectum. In many cases, it first appears as precancerous polyps, which can be removed during a colonoscopy.
- Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes a structural problem in the hemoglobin contained in a person’s red blood cells. Abnormally shaped red blood cells can adhere to the walls of blood vessels, and may build up over time to create blockages.
- Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U. S., often caused by too much time in the sun or in tanning beds, developing in the tissues of the skin.
- Skull Base Cancer
Cancer can occur in many areas of your head and neck, including the base of your skull. The skull base is what separates your brain from your facial structures.
- Social Work Services for Cancer Patients
M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Pediatric Solid Tumors
Solid tumors include what is commonly called bone cancer, but also includes cancer of the soft tissue – cancer that begins in any of the body’s supporting tissue, such as the muscles, tendons, blood vessels or fat.
- Spinal Surgery
Traditional spine surgery consists of using bone grafts to fuse adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing your spine and providing relief from your pain. In the process, however, you may lose some range of motion. New artificial disks may enable you to maintain your range of motion.
- Stomach Cancer
Stomach cancer, which is very rare, can include adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, gastric sarcoma and carcinoid tumors. Adenocarcinoma, which develops in the cells of the stomach lining, is the most common form of stomach cancer.
M Health Fairview offers Surgical Oncology, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles, or testes, located inside the male scrotum. Testicles produce sperm and male sex hormones. Testicular cancer is highly treatable, especially when caught early and 95 percent of men survive with proper treatment.
- Thoracic Cancers
Lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mesothelioma are three of the most common forms of thoracic cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
M Health Fairview offers Thoracic Surgery, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Thyroid Cancer
Your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland located on the front of your neck, is part of your endocrine system, which makes and regulates hormones that control your heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism.
TomoTherapy is a specialized form of radiation delivery that combines radiation therapy with 3D imaging to create more precise targeting of tumors. It works by delivering radiation beams from multiple directions allowing the radiation to match the exact shape of the tumor.
- Total Body Irradiation
M Health Fairview offers Transarterial Chemoembolization, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
- Uterine Cancer
The uterus is the female reproductive organ that carries the fetus during pregnancy. Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer, and the most common form of uterine cancer is endometrial cancer that begins in the cells lining the uterus.
- Vaginal Cancer
The vagina, or birth canal, is the reproductive organ that goes from the cervix to the external female genitals. Cancer of the vagina is rare and often has spread from somewhere else.
- Vulvar Cancer
The vulva is the skin that surrounds the clitoris, the vaginal lips and the opening of the vagina. Vulvar cancer is rare and may be caused by the human papilloma virus, similar to cervical cancer.