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Masonic Cancer Center scientists have genetically modified different versions of the common cold virus to target and destroy different types of cancer cells, such as pancreatic, prostate, esophageal, gastric, lung, and head and neck cancers. (Photo: Scott

We all know that viruses cause illness, from the not-so-serious common cold to the potentially deadly influenza, AIDS, and measles. So it seems counterintuitive that scientists would turn to viruses in their search for cancer treatments, right?

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After a national search, Seanne Falconer, M.B.A., has been appointed associate director of administration for the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Leah Arnold is ever grateful to the care team that aided her long road to recovery after non- Hodgkin lymphoma. (Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Health)

In 2002, Leah Arnold was a newly married college graduate preparing to take the Medical College Admissions Test when she noticed a lump on her neck. Doctors told her it was related to stress, but over the next several months, the lump in her neck grew, and she began having trouble breathing and swallowing. A tumor stretching from her neck to her heart was later discovered. Arnold was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Outside of clinic walls, Jasmine Foo, Ph.D., applies probability theory to create models that predict how cancers will grow, or at what point cancers become resistant to treatment. (Photo: Scott Streble)

"Drug resistance is a primary reason for cancer treatment failure," says mathematician and Masonic Cancer Center member Jasmine Foo, Ph.D., "but what if we dosed differently? If we changed the strategy of delivering the drugs, could we get better results?" Today Foo is trying to answer these questions by creating mathematical models that predict how cancers will grow and when they become resistant to treatment.


New research from the Masonic Cancer Center has shown evidence of more mothers smoking while pregnant they report on their children's birth certificates.


On August 1, Minnesotan kids under age 18 were forced to rethink their indoor tanning habits. Backed by Masonic Cancer Center research as evidence, Gov. Mark Dayton in May signed a bill into law that prohibits minors from using indoor tanning beds, making Minnesota the eighth state to pass such a law.

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Masonic Cancer Center leaders unveiled a permanent tribute to the center's founding director, John Kersey, M.D., in the new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on May 13. The display is prominently featured in the lobby of the building, which is open to the public--a rarity for research facilities.


The latest issue of Masonic Cancer Center News is now available in print and online.


When scientists talk about "environmental" causes of cancer, they don't mean that carcinogens lurk in every tree and stream. They're referring to anything that enters or interacts with the human body--sunshine, food, water, alcohol, radiation, cigarette smoke--and examining them for their potential to cause renegade cell growth. And as they now know, environmental factors are linked to as many as two out of every three cancers diagnosed.

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In December the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved final agreements among the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services (now operating together as University of Minnesota Health) for a new academic outpatient clinic.

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