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Cancer Care

Coborn Cancer Center provides comprehensive care and an extensive range of treatment options to support cancer patients and their families. We understand the importance of receiving quality cancer care and treatment close to home. We provide services in many Central Minnesota communities.

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      Why choose us?

      Coborn Cancer Center Expands Hours

      The Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center located at Coborn Cancer Center are now open until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

      Flexible lab scheduling is available as well.


      Our skilled professionals deliver outstanding clinical outcomes and a superior patient experience. This is accomplished through:


      Coborn Cancer Center is a regional cancer center of the highest quality. We have earned program certification of Commendation and an Outstanding Achievement Award as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

      Outstanding Achievement Award

      commission on cancer outstanding achievement award

      Coborn Cancer Center earned an Outstanding Achievement Award as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

      Coborn Cancer Center is the only cancer program in Minnesota to achieve this designation for four consecutive surveys.

      This award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the Commission on Cancer standards and are committed to ensuring comprehensive, high-quality cancer care.

      Fewer than 10% of Commission on Cancer accreditation programs receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. Approximately 15% of cancer programs in the U.S. have earned this commendation. Only 30% of all hospitals are accredited by the Commission on Cancer and 70% of cancers are treated at these hospitals.

      Quality Measures

      At Coborn Cancer Center, we monitor indicators and outcomes, and compare our results to national data. Our five-year survival rates often are better than national survival rates. Multidisciplinary clinical teams are in place to select and monitor outcomes for breast, prostate, lung and head/neck cancers. Learn more about Coborn Cancer Center's Quality Measures

      Treatments Available

      The type of cancer and stage of development will be the determining factors on which therapy treatment to use.


      Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with drugs that destroy cancer cells. These drugs are often called “anti-cancer” drugs.


      • Is a systemic treatment (goes through your blood system and affects your entire body).
      • Can be given orally, through a vein, by injection, directly at the tumor site with specialized equipment or via continuous infusion.

      Depending on the type of cancer and its stage of development, chemotherapy can be
      used to:

      • Cure cancer.
      • Keep the cancer from spreading.
      • Slow the cancer’s growth.
      • Kill cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body from the original tumor.
      • Relieve symptoms that may be caused by the cancer.

      Educational Videos:

      Coborn Cancer Center chemotherapy videos

      Cancer Quest: Introduction to Chemotherapy


      Hematology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the study of blood, the blood-forming organs and blood diseases. Hematology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine, separate from, but often overlapping with the sub-specialty of medical oncology.

      A hematologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and study of blood diseases.

      Conditions commonly treated by hematologists include:

      • Anemias
      • Aplastic anemia, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, vitamin B12 deficiency
      • Bleeding Disorders
      • Hemophilia
      • Blood Transfusions
      • Bone Marrow Transplantation
      • Infectious Diseases, Immunodeficiency Syndromes and Auto-immune Diseases
      • HIV / AIDS, malaria
      • Leukemia
      • Neutropenia (Low White Blood Cell Count)
      • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
      • Platelet DisordersIdiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)
      • Thrombosis (Blood Clotting Disorders)

      Infusion Therapy

      Infusion therapy involves introducing a fluid or medication into a vein to provide treatment that cannot be taken by mouth. Infusion therapy is provided to treat illness or counteract the side effects of treatment. Learn more about our Infusion Center.

      Medical Oncology

      Medical oncology is the specialty of internal medicine that deals with the diagnosis, management and treatment of cancer.

      Medical oncologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge of all aspects of the treatment of cancer, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy and biotherapy.

      Palliative Care

      Palliative Care focuses on providing adults and children with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is appropriate at any age (even prenatally) and at any state in a serious illness. The cost of the services is covered by most health plans.

      Radiation Oncology

      Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy or irradiation, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. Modern technology allows radiation oncologists to treat tumors more powerfully and precisely while sparing much of the healthy tissue that surrounds the tumor.


      • Is a special kind of energy carried by waves or particles.
      • Works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells and destroying the ability of the cancer cells to reproduce.
      • Can be delivered internally or externally.
      • Can come from special machines or from radioactive substances.

      Depending on the type of cancer and its stage of development, radiation therapy can be used to:

      • Cure cancer.
      • Keep the cancer from spreading.
      • Slow the cancer’s growth.
      • Kill cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body from the original tumor.
      • Relieve symptoms caused by the cancer.

      Sometimes radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs, and other times it is only one part of a patient’s treatment. For example, prostate and early stage larynx cancers are often treated with radiation alone. But a woman with breast cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

      It is important for you to discuss the goal of your treatment with your radiation oncologist.

      Radiation Oncology Team

      The process of designing and delivering a course of radiation therapy is a complicated process that depends on the expertise of several people pulling together, including:

      • A radiation oncologist who plans and prescribes your treatments.
      • A medical physicist who works with the radiation oncologist to ensure the accuracy of your treatment delivery.
      • A dosimetrist who calculates the amount of radiation to be given and works with complex computers to custom design your treatment plan.
      • A radiation therapist who actually administers the radiation treatments and that you will see every day.
      • A registered nurse, who specializes in oncology care, is available to help you and your family during the course of treatment.

      Is Radiation Therapy Safe?

      Some patients have concerns about the safety of radiation therapy. Radiation has been successfully used to treat patients for more than a century. In that time, many advances have been made to ensure the safety and effectiveness.

      Before you begin treatment, your radiation oncology team will carefully tailor the treatment plan to assure you receive safe and accurate treatment. Throughout your treatment, members of your team check and recheck your plan. Sophisticated computers are also used to monitor and ensure proper treatment is given.

      If you undergo external beam radiation therapy, you will not be “radioactive” following treatment, because the radiation does not stay in your body. However, if you undergo brachytherapy, tiny radioactive sources will be implanted inside your body, in or around the tumor, either temporarily or permanently. Your radiation oncology team will explain any special precautions that you or your family and friends may need to take.

      Learn more about Radiation Oncology

      Video: Cancer Quest: Introduction to Radiation Therapy

      New Dimension of Care

      Coborn Cancer Center offers a new dimension of care that is designed to provide you with access to information and services that can enhance your quality of life throughout the cancer experience.

      Caring for Mind, Body, Spirit

      Connections to Programs, Servicescancer care mind body spirit

      As you move through therapy or transition back to work and home, we will help you find the spiritual, psychological, social and physical resource connections you need. Learn more about programs and services to Care for Mind, Body, Spirit

      Coborn Healing Center

      Healing & Hopecoborn healing center

      The Coborn Healing Center will be built next to Coborn Cancer Center and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2018. The 100% philanthropy-funded center will serve as the connection place for survivorship services that truly enhance our patients' lives throughout their cancer journey. Learn more about Coborn Healing Center

      Patient Guide and Resources

      Guide for New Patients

      We want your visit to be as safe, comfortable and as pleasant as possible, Visit our Patient Guide page for more information.

      Patient Stories

      The cancer journey is a different experience for each person. Each story is unique and personal. Though the journey is your own, you are not alone. May you find comfort and encouragement in these patient stories.

      Resources for Cancer Patients

      We provide resource information and links to high-quality cancer information sites. Visit our Resources for Cancer Patients for more information

      Tips to Stay Healthy

      Visit our Stay Healthy-Cancer Prevention page for tips to help you stay healthy before, during and after cancer treatment along with recommended cancer screenings for most adults.

      Young Adults with Cancer

      Coborn Cancer Center provides comprehensive care and an extensive range of treatment options to support young adult cancer patients (18-40 years old) and their families.

      cancer report 2017 cover man with barnReview Our Annual Cancer Report

      This report showcases:

      • Our highly skilled and caring providers and staff
      • Highlights our recent achievements and awards
      • Demonstrates quality and outcomes based on adherence to best practice standards
      • Features our continued adoption of new technologies and services
      • Several personal patient stories

      Download the 2017 Cancer Report (PDF)

      Download the 2016 Cancer Report (PDF)

      Download the 2015 Cancer Report (PDF)

      Support Cancer Care

      You Can Help Provide Hope & Healing

      Gifts of time, talent and treasure allow Coborn Cancer Center to offer access to resources that enhance quality of life for wellness of mind, body and spirit for every patient and their family.

      Learn more about ways you can Support Cancer Care


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