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Cambridge Medical Center

  Cancer Care

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Cambridge Medical Center

Cancer care

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call
763-689-8700.

Patient story

Don't avoid breast cancer: Tami's story

The motto

Sooner is better than later for detecting breast cancer. Many statistics support this, but Tami Strantz of Cambridge, Minnesota, knows firsthand how important early detection is.

Cambridge Medical Center is proud to partner with Minnesota Oncology to provide outpatient cancer care and treatment delivered with compassion and respect.

Here you will find treatment plans based on the most current research evidence and technology available and you’ll be supported by warm and caring staff members who understand the needs of patients with cancer.

Our care team

Our full-time oncologist, Sanda Morar, MD, nurses and pharmacists work collaboratively to provide compassionate care based on the individualized needs of each patient. As a team, they strive to address the emotional, as well as the physical needs of the patient.

Our nurses are specially trained and dedicated to providing exceptional nursing care. They are sensitive to the unique needs of cancer patients and are able to answer questions about treatment and side effects. The staff also assists patients with scheduling follow-up appointments and tests and provides access to available resources.

Diagnostic services

State-of-the-art digital PET/CT and MRI imaging systems provide fast and precise information to help physicians make accurate diagnoses and assess treatment progress. Digital mammography offers the most sophisticated technology available for screening mammograms. Cambridge Medical Center's Mammography Department is certified by the American College Of Radiology and has consistently received perfect reviews from the Mammography Quality Standards Act. We offer mammograms for early breast cancer detection, when it is most curable. To schedule a mammogram, call 763-688-6380.

Chemotherapy

Getting treatment close to home makes life so much easier. Our experienced certified chemotherapy registered nurses closely monitor and care for patients during treatment. In addition, our staff can provide care for patients requiring infusion therapy, such as low iron and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chemotherapy and infusion therapy services are also available to patients who are receiving care from a physician not affiliated with Cambridge Medical Center or Minnesota Oncology.

New chemotherapy suites

A new Surgery & Outpatient Services addition, which opened in Sept. 2012, makes treatment more comfortable for patients receiving chemotherapy. Five large chemotherapy/IV therapy suites were added and all rooms have a heated, reclining chair with massage, flat screen TV, and extra chairs for visitors. Parking is conveniently located close to the entrance and a new lobby and reception area provides a warm and welcoming environment.

Genetic counseling

Patients with a cancer diagnosis may question if their children or other relatives are at risk of cancer as well. Genetic counseling can help answer their questions. Denise Marty, MS, CGC, a certified genetic counselor, is now available to see patients for genetic cancer counseling at CMC on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Genetic counseling can help interpret complex family health histories, provide education about cancers that run in families (known as inherited or genetic cancer), talk about risks and prevention, help you make informed decisions about genetic testing and interpret results. Patients will need a referral for a visit, and can be scheduled through the Care Coordinator line at 763-688-5300.

Support services

Support services are also available, including the Harbor Room, a cancer resource center, and care at home. We also offer several cancer support groups.