To improve cancer outcomes for all Minnesotans through greater access to cancer clinical trials in prevention and treatment.
For decades the University of Minnesota Medical School has been a leader in the detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer. Our research, conducted in collaboration with all of the experts from different scientific fields as part of the Masonic Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, has given us the knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and share the discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community.
The University of Minnesota is home to the first successful bone marrow transplant to treat malignant cancer, is a leader in groundbreaking and life-changing treatments for childhood cancer, and is a powerhouse in research discoveries that have led to important public health policies around cancer prevention. We have a long, proud history; a strong and dedicated team of faculty and providers - and so much more to do.
Nearly half of all Minnesotans will be diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening cancer during their lifetime and cancer is the leading cause of death in our state. And in outstate Minnesota and rural communities, survival rates are worse than in the Twin Cities, due in part to less access to new treatments.
We are driven to advance cancer care and prevention for all Minnesotans and through state investment, we can keep more people healthy and treat those diagnosed with cancer with the most cutting-edge therapies. As part of the Minnesota Discovery Research and InnoVation (MnDrive) program, the Medical School and Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, have been approved for a statewide cancer clinical trials network based at the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network (MNCCTN) will bring scientific discoveries made at the Masonic Cancer Center, as well as at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Hormel Institute, to all Minnesotans via innovative clinical trials offered in all counties of Minnesota. MNCCTN will address the social and economic barriers prohibiting Minnesotans from participating in clinical research. Through this program, Minnesotans will have more choices and more opportunities for better health.