Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Cancer deaths are dropping

[KARE 11, Feb. 1, 2017] There’s good news on the cancer front. The number of deaths due to cancer are dropping. Everything from less smoking to better cancer fighting medication are to thank. Dr. Michaela Tsai, an oncologist with Allina Health’s Piper Breast Center talked with KARE 11 News about advances in cancer treatments.

Immunotherapy can be a cancer cure

[KARE 11, October 15, 2016] A year ago former president Jimmy Carter had a bleak prognosis after a brain cancer diagnosis. But man unconventional therapy, immunotherapy, yielded remarkable results. Dr. Thomas Amatruda talked with KARE 11 about this new kind of cancer treatment.

Debunking breast cancer myths

[KARE 11, August 4, 2016] There‚Äôs so much information about the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it that it can be hard to decipher fact from fiction! Dr. Lisa Schneider, a breast imaging specialist with the Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern, talked with KARE 11 News at 4 to dispel some […]

Busting breast cancer myths

[KMSP Fox 9, July 25, 2016] Do antiperspirants cause breast cancer? Do underwire bras cause breast cancer? Do smaller chested women have a lower risk of breast cancer? There’s so much information about breast cancer, its prevention and causes, it can be hard to decipher truth from fiction. Dr. Lisa Schneider, from Allina’s Piper Breast […]

Oncologists help Bloomington mom with fertility plans after cancer

[KSTP-TV, April 16, 2016] Doctors at Minnesota Oncology, Virginia Piper and Abbott Northwestern, say a nationwide movement is encouraging oncologists help patients understand and make fertility plans before they begin treatment for cancer. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS sat down with a mother who hopes her success story will give hope to others with cancer.

Looking back on cancer thanks to new immunotherapy treatment

[KMSP-TV, February 18, 2016] The long punishing journey for Keith Mangan started 15 months ago. They tried more chemo but the cancer was accelerating. Researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis wanted to see if Mangan’s colon cancer would respond to immunotherapy, a developing science that some believe could revolutionize the way cancer is treated.

Health Check: Mammogram screening confusion

[Twelve News, February 2, 2016] The Plymouth Creek Center is known as a gathering place for exercise, but once a month, doctors from Allina Health drop by to share information about important medical issues. Tuesday’s “Walk with a Doc” topic was on breast cancer.

Clearing up the confusion around mammograms

[KARE11, Jan. 27, 2016] It’s understandable that women are confused about breast screening guidelines. Earlier this month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendations saying mammograms should be done every 2 years starting at age 50. Those guidelines contrast with others. The American Cancer Society suggests yearly mammograms starting at age 45. […]

Top medical advances of 2015

[KMSP-TV, January 1, 2015] The science of medicine is always improving and evolving – and our hometown hospital is often leading the way. Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, president of Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis talked with Fox 9 and WCCO-AM about top five medical advancements in 2015.

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Early-stage breast cancer patients should think twice before opting for mastectomy

[Healthline, December 10, 2015] Many women with early-stage breast cancer opt for mastectomy over lumpectomy. New studies suggest that may not always be the best choice. Dr. Michaela L. Tsai specializes in breast oncology at Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minnesota. She told Healthline that when comparing the two surgeries, a mastectomy […]