47 hats and 2 prayer shawls for Minnesota Oncology

On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, we stopped by the Minnesota Oncology office across from Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. We brought along 47 hats and 2 prayer shawls. 

"Oh, they're just beautiful," said Robin Highum, project manager. "We go through hats regularly." She added, "Thank you so much!"

Our link to this Minnesota Oncology center is that Amy is treated here. Additionally, her mom was treated at the Fridley location.

Robin Highum of Mn Oncology

According to Highum, there are some days when 50 people sit in their chairs for treatments. On any given month, about 1100-1200 patients are treated.

The Minneapolis location has been in its present location across the 26th St. from Abbott Northwestern Hospital for seven years. Previously it was in the Piper building south of 28th St.

One program at MN Oncology is their My Choice is My Wishes advanced care planning. Trained counselors will help patients define the activities, relationships and healthcare goals that are important to them, and then complete advance directive documentation that matches preferences for care.

Hand-in-hand with that is the Survivorship Program. "We're very big on survivorship," observed Highum. "It does not mean end of life. It helps people along the entire journey."

From the web site:
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) considers someone a cancer “survivor” from the day of diagnosis throughout the rest of life. At Minnesota Oncology, we agree with this definition. If you are at the start of your journey or have had a change in treatment, you may or may not feel like a cancer survivor. That’s okay. We still consider you a cancer survivor. We define survivorship from the time of diagnosis and continuing through treatment and afterwards until the end of life. 

Survivorship care also includes the family members, friends and caregivers who are members of your inner circle and who contribute to your emotional and physical well-being.

Our goal is to care for the whole person, tailoring your care plan to focus on your physical, social, emotional, and functional needs.  One of our Advanced Practice Providers will meet with you to assess your needs and answer your questions. This conversation may include, but is not limited to the following goals:
  • Discuss your treatment plan
  • Review treatment(s) you have received and discuss follow-up plan
  • Assess your current physical, social, emotional, and functional needs
  • Explore and enhance your coping skills
  • Connect you to community or practice resources
  • Manage and understand late effects from treatment
  • Understand the purpose and importance of Healthcare Directives

The center offers many support groups through the Twin Cities Metro Area, some open to any type of cancer and others specific.

One corner of the treatment area is devoted to resources and handmade items. Our hats will be put here!


Minnesota Oncology is dedicated to providing compassionate care for various types of cancer and blood disorders in 11 convenient Twin Cities metro locations as well as several satellite locations. Its mission is to combine the strength of hope with the power of science, one patient at a time.

US Oncology, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is one of the nation’s largest cancer treatment and research networks. US Oncology provides extensive services and support to its affiliated cancer care sites nationwide to help them expand their offering of the most advanced treatments and technologies, build integrated community-based cancer care centers, improve their therapeutic drug management programs, and participate in many of the new cancer-related clinical research studies. US Oncology is affiliated with 1,029 physicians operating in 411 locations, including 91 radiation oncology facilities in 35 states.


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