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Hibbing Community to Gain Local Access to Cancer Clinical Trials

Posted 194 days ago ago by Fairview Range

Patients in Hibbing and surrounding communities will soon have local access to participate in cancer research thanks to a new state-funded partnership between the University of Minnesota and the state's major health systems, including Fairview Health Services. 

Fairview Range Medical Center is one of 18 locations in greater Minnesota that form the newly launched Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network. Led by the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the network’s goal is to improve prevention, treatment and survivorship through greater access to cancer clinical trials.

Fairview hopes to have infrastructure in place this summer to begin receiving patients for cancer trials at Fairview Range. 

Nearly half of all Minnesotans will be diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening cancer during their lifetime. Today, access to cancer clinical trials is difficult for many Minnesotans; 56 percent of state residents live more than 30 miles from a hospital or clinic that offers access to such trials. 

“The network will open up new opportunities for cancer prevention, care and treatment,” said Marie Brown, oncology service line executive at Fairview. “We want to have a variety of clinical trials in the future, from population health and cancer screening to specific treatment trials available in our outstate communities that historically have been underserved for oncology research.”

The Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network is part of the Minnesota Discovery Research and Innovation partnership with the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota, which provided $8 million in funding for the research. 

“We thank the state for this funding and are excited to work with our University partners to advance cancer research,” said Jill Cordes, director of research at Fairview. “This research will make a difference for our patients for generations to come and help us carry out our mission for longer, healthier lives.”

The Masonic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and The Hormel Institute in Austin will determine which trials to offer through the network. 

For more information about the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network visit:   

About Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services ( is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. Founded in 1906, Fairview provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Through a close relationship with the University of Minnesota, Fairview offers access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise as part of a continuum of care that reaches all ages and health needs.

About the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network
The Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trials Network (MNCCTN) is a cancer clinical trials network with locations across Minnesota, funded by the Minnesota Legislature as a part of the University of Minnesota's overall MnDRIVE strategic investment request. Led by the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, MNCCTN partner organizations aim to improve cancer outcomes for all Minnesotans through greater access to cancer clinical trials in prevention and treatment.

About the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more than 25 years, researchers, educators and care providers have worked to discover the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and cancer-related disease. Learn more at

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