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Coborn Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network

Coborn Cancer Center                 Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Network

CentraCare Health’s Coborn Cancer Center is proud to be the first program in the United States to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network.

Our selection as a Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network member was based on a rigorous set of quality and service criteria. Coborn Cancer Center physicians  have access to Mayo Clinic’s disease management protocols, clinical care guidelines and reference materials, as well as eConsults, to get input on specific questions from Mayo experts as they care for their patients.

This makes our cancer program even stronger.

Patients and their families can be assured that Coborn Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic share a commitment to continually improve all aspects of health care. While some patients still will need to travel for highly specialized care, our primary goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise while receiving care closer to home. 

We have enjoyed a longstanding working and referral relationship with Mayo Clinic, including research programs for patients interested in cancer-based clinical trials.

What does Coborn Cancer Center's membership in Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network really mean for patients?

Perhaps the most important outcome is peace of mind for our patients, who can have added assurance that Coborn Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic share a commitment to continually improving health and health care. Coborn Cancer Center already is a regional cancer center of the highest quality with program certification of commendation and outstanding achievement by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the American Society of Radiation Oncology. Mayo Clinic is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, committed to serving patients and collaborating across the full spectrum of cancer research, from basic biology to treatment. Coborn Cancer Center physicians will have enhanced access to Mayo Clinic’s evidence-based protocols, clinical care guidelines and reference materials, as well as eConsults, which give member physicians the ability to connect with a Mayo expert to get input on specific questions as they care for their patients.

Do patients have to go to Mayo Clinic for specialized care?

Patients can discuss their options with their provider and insurance company. They can choose any facility based on those conversations.

Does this membership give Coborn Cancer Center the ability to do bone marrow transplants in St. Cloud?

No. While bone marrow transplants are one of the few cancer treatments not offered at Coborn Cancer Center, Minnesota has two outstanding centers — Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview — that perform transplants. It is in the best interest of our patients to continue to refer to these well-established centers for the rare conditions requiring transplants.

How is patient medical information shared between Coborn Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic?

Any patient information shared with Mayo Clinic is sent through a secure electronic connection. Patients are informed of any requests to share their data for physician consults.

Will CentraCare Health collaborate with Mayo Clinic in this way for other services?

Our focus at this time is on building the Cancer Care Network relationship with Mayo Clinic. CentraCare Health will continue to assess options for collaborative relationships that align with our strategic plan.

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