Partnerships and affiliations

American Cancer Society Navigator Program in the Midwest

In August 2001, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS), Midwest Division, began a unique partnership. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center employees are joined by ACS navigators who work in the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center. The navigators assist patients and families with educational resource and referral needs, regardless of where treatment is provided. Navigators help patients find their way through the medical system and assist with Internet resources, books and periodicals, services, support groups, supplies, materials, and medical equipment.

American Cancer Society Navigator Program in the West

In fall 2004, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS), Great West Division, began a unique partnership. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center employees are joined by an ACS navigator who works in the Mayo Clinic Patient Library and Research Center. The navigator assists patients and families with educational resource and referral needs, regardless of where treatment is provided. Navigators help patients find their way through the medical system and assist with internet resources, books and periodicals, services, support groups, supplies, materials, and medical equipment.

Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN)

The Cancer Patient Education Network is a group of health care professionals who share experiences and best practices in all aspects of cancer education for patients. The mission of CPEN is to promote and provide models of excellence in patient, family and community education.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a founding supporter of CPEN, which collaborates with the National Cancer Institute's Office of Education and Special Initiatives.

Minnesota Cancer Alliance

Staff members from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center have collaborated with representatives across Minnesota in creating the state's first comprehensive cancer control plan, "Cancer Plan Minnesota." The plan is a framework for action that seeks to reduce the burden of cancer among Minnesotans. The plan is being implemented by the Minnesota Cancer Alliance, a voluntary association of health care organizations, community groups and advocates that offers free membership to any organization or individual interested in reducing the state's cancer burden.