Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

Some breast cancer sufferers may not need chemo therapy

[WCCO Radio, June 4, 2018] A new study says that women with certain kinds of breast cancer may not need to undergo chemo therapy. Allina Health Virginia Piper Cancer institute oncologist Dr. Michaela Tsai talked with WCCO Radio about what this new information means.

What you need to know before taking an at-home DNA test

[KARE 11, May 2, 2018] Thinking about doing one of those at-home DNA tests? Curious about your ancestry or whether you’re predisposed to certain diseases and conditions? All that information can be compelling, but are they safe? Are they worth your money? KARE 11 News talked with Shari Baldinger, a genetics counselor at Allina Health’s […]

Research trial offers at-home test kit to show risk of ovarian cancer

[WCCO-TV, April 30, 2018] For the first time, there’s an at-home test to show a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer. MAGENTA is a free, nationwide clinical trial for women at risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Dr. Cheryl Bailey, the chief of gynecologic oncology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, believes this trial will help those who […]

New concerns about breast implants

[KARE 11, April 27, 2018] There’s a new concern for women considering breast implants — according to the FDA, there’s been an increase in the number of unique cancer cases linked to certain types of implants. The disease isn’t breast cancer, but something different. Dr. Craig Johnson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with Allina Health […]

New blood test for cancer screening on the way

[WCCO Radio, Feb. 5, 2018] Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. These tests are not available, yet, but oncologist, Dr. Stuart Bloom at Allina’s Virginia Piper Center, told WCCO Radio these […]

Expert: Birth control pill could increase risk of breast cancer

[KSTP-TV, Jan. 6, 2018] Nearly 16 million women in the U.S. use some form of hormonal birth control. A recent study shows the use of such birth controls could increase the risk of breast cancer. Dr. Michaela Tsai, an oncologist with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, talked with KSTP News about those risks.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What’s new in the fight against the disease?

[KARE 11, Oct. 26, 2017] October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the disease and those who are affected by it. Among them, Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Lisa Schneider, a breast imaging specialist and Medical Director at the Piper […]

McCain cancer shines light of promising research

[KMSP Fox 9, July 23, 2017] News that Sen. John McCain has an aggressive form of a cancerous brain tumor is focusing attention on promising research using a polio virus to fight those tumors. Dr. John Trusheim, a neuro-oncologist with Allina’s Givens Brain Tumor Center talked with Fox 9 News about what this research could […]

Givens Brain Tumor Center

[KSTP-TV, July 11, 2017] Mike Givens was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005 and passed away in 2015. Now the Givens Brain Tumor Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital will offer support, treatment and therapies to others diagnosed right here in Minnesota. His family sat down with Twin Cities Live to share what this world […]

Cancer survivors fold thousands of origami cranes to spread hope

[KMSP Fox 9, April 27, 2017] They’re part cancer survivors, part artists. Each month, a group of women all somehow touched by cancer meet at the Piper Building at Abbot Northwestern Hospital for a program called Cranes of Hope. Each month, cancer survivors, health care providers, and others impacted by cancer gather to create pocket-sized […]