Unity offers cancer patients new treatment options

Patients in the north metro have access to new treatments for breast cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, gastric cancer, colon cancer and other malignancies because of a new collaboration between Minnesota Oncology – Fridley and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Unity.

“For most cancers, the best treatment options are well-designed clinical trials. These trials use some of the new therapies for cancer, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies, which offer new hope to cancer patients,” said Dr. Thomas Amatruda, an oncologist with Minnesota Oncology – Fridley.

The research expansion builds on the existing program for malignant melanoma in which patients are offered investigational immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and high dose interleukin. Patients will continue to have a nurse coordinator to help them navigate multiple specialists and clinical trials to insure they receive the best care.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Unity Hospital provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. The institute is designated by the Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and Unity Hospital are parts of Allina Health.

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