Cancer Education Services at the Minnesota campus

Visitors look over education materials  and staff inside the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center.

At Mayo Clinic’s Minnesota campus, staff and volunteers are available to help patients, caregivers and the public:

  • Learn about cancer prevention and detection
  • Find out more about a cancer diagnosis
  • Explore treatment options
  • Understand clinical research
  • Connect to educational sessions and support groups
  • Address survivorship concerns
  • Locate additional support resources, such as financial assistance, lodging, transportation, wigs and prosthetics

Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center

The Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center offers free education programs to patients, their families and the public. Reliable, relevant, and current information about all aspects of cancer care is available. The staff consists of educators, American Cancer Society patient navigators, clinical research referral coordinators, a librarian and Mayo Clinic volunteers. Staff members believe that knowledge about cancer helps patients become effective participants in their care.

Assisting more than 35,000 visitors a year, the center houses one of the largest cancer resource collections in the nation, offering:

  • Brochures, books, videos, magazines and scientific journals
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Cancer Education Program publications
  • Syndicated video health information from Mayo Clinic
  • Computer resources, including Internet access with recommended reputable websites
  • Librarian-mediated medical literature searches
  • Medical reference books

The center is located in the lobby of the Gonda Building and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Classes

The center also conducts classes and group sessions designed to assist patients, friends and families during diagnosis, treatment, and life after treatment. Examples of available classes include:

  • Creative Renewal: Workshops for Wellness
  • Moving Forward After Cancer Treatment
  • Fuel for the Journey: Nutrition During Cancer Treatment
  • What's New, What's True in Nutrition for Cancer Survivors
  • Releasing Stress and Renewing Energy
  • Management of Cancer-Related Fatigue