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Allina Health research sets the standard for breast care

Lavaan Stutzman smiles as she works in her garden

Researchers at Piper Breast Center conducted a long-term study with 500 patients who had a sentinel lymph node biopsy. The study showed that the technique could be done accurately and save lives. Long-term follow up showed exceptional survival rates.

Today, sentinel lymph node biopsy is the preferred method for staging breast cancer and determining if cancer has spread into the lymph nodes.

arrow points to link to patient story Meet Lavaan, who benefited from this research.

Allina Health Research Administration

Medical research examines the structure of cells like these

This department oversees research conducted throughout Allina Health. It helps researchers meet requirements that protect the health and privacy of patients in clinical trials.

Allina Health cancer research

Improving patient care is at the heart of Allina Health's cancer research. We focus on:

  • treatments like chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, immune therapy and bone marrow transplant
  • methods for improving care
  • management of symptoms and side effects
  • quality of life
  • cost effectiveness of treatments.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials allow patients to:

  • take a more active role in their health care
  • gain access to new drugs, treatments and disease management practices
  • contribute to medical research.

At any time, we have more than 80 trials open for enrollment.

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Cancer research locations

Our doctors and researchers study promising cancer prevention, detection and treatment techniques. For more information, ask your doctor about clinical trials or contact any of these locations:

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Call 612-863-8716.
Email Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Cancer Care Services at United Hospital
St. Paul, Minnesota
Call 651-241-8328.
Email United Hospital.

Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Call 763-236-4699.
Email Mercy Hospital.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Unity Hospital
Fridley, Minnesota
Call 763-236-4699.
Email Unity Hospital.

Cancer Care Services at St. Francis Regional Medical Center
Shakopee, Minnesota
Call 952-403-2031.
Email St. Francis Regional Medical Center.