Cancer education in Minnesota

Mayo Clinic is dedicated to providing information and resources to support patients during their cancer journey. Knowledge empowers patients to become active partners in their health care.


Mayo Clinic 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

Assisting more than 35,000 visitors a year, the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center at Mayo Clinic 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
  • Spanish-language materials

The center offers free classes and sessions on the following topics:

  • Nutrition
  • Managing side effects from treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Health coaching
  • Survivorship
  • Wellness

Check the calendar of events for a full schedule.

Staff includes:

  • Medical librarian
  • Nurse educators
  • Clinical trial referral coordinators
  • American Cancer Society patient navigators

The Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center is open to patients, family and friends affected by cancer. Read FAQs to learn more about visiting the center.

Location: Gonda Building, Street Level
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Phone: 507-266-9288

Learn more about Cancer Education Program services.