Cancer Care Services

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, put your trust in the experts at Essentia Health. We offer comprehensive cancer care from diagnosis through rehabilitation using the most advanced technology and treatments available.

Cancer Care Near You

Essentia Health offers comprehensive cancer care services at four Cancer Centers located in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Many of our oncologists also travel to Essentia community clinics to provide cancer care.

In some cases, our cancer doctors can consult with you at your local clinic via Televideo exams. More Information Our goal is to provide you with care close to home so you can spend less time driving to and from appointments and more time focusing on getting better.

Cancer Treatment Options

Turn to Essentia for all the cancer treatment options you may need, including:

Team-Based Care

Your cancer care team will answer your questions and partner with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that promotes healing while managing pain and symptoms. Our goal is to provide you with the guidance, support, and treatment you need throughout your cancer journey.

Your team will be led by your oncologist and will include your primary care provider. Other members of your care team may include:

  • Chaplains – Guide you through spiritual and emotional challenges
  • Dietitians – Recommend healthy food choices and improve your appetite
  • Genetic counselors – Discuss your inherited cancer risk and make recommendations about genetic testing
  • Hematologists – Treat blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma
  • Oncology-certified nurses – Coordinate and provide care
  • Oncologists – Oversee your treatment
  • Pathologists – Examine tissue samples for cancer cells
  • Pharmacists – Provide medication
  • Psychologists or psychiatrists – Help lessen the emotional toll of cancer
  • Radiologists – Use imaging tests to diagnose cancer
  • Radiation oncologists – Prescribe the number and type of radiation treatments you’ll receive
  • Radiation therapists – Give radiation treatments and help reduce side effects
  • Rehabilitation therapists – Work with you to rebuild your strength and energy during recovery
  • Social workers – Help you fill needs like lodging, transportation, home care, and social support

Patient Navigators

Depending on your location and diagnosis, your cancer care team may include a patient navigator who will guide you through your cancer journey from diagnosis to recovery by:

  • Explaining your options for care
  • Coordinating appointments
  • Helping you manage the side effects of treatment
  • Providing emotional support and guidance
  • Developing survivorship care plans
  • Connecting you with financial, legal, and community support services

Patient Story

Learn how Essentia Health's cancer care services changed the life of Andy Lisak.

Like Nowhere Else: Andy's Story - Essentia Health Video Transcript

A harbor filled with boats on a bright, clear day

ANDY LEESHAK: My name is Andy Leeshak. I'm a patient with Essentia Health.

Man raises a sail on a boat

Being able to get out on a lake where it's peaceful, you're in this environment, it's natural beauty all around, it just has a calming effect.

Water splashes under moving boat

I remember the day where I was taking down the deer stand, I noticed that my arm was kind of sore. And I noticed a lump on my neck. And the biopsy came back. Dr. Rosas called me, and I still remember. It was on a Thursday night. And he basically said I have some bad news. The test came back positive for cancer.

Wild grasses wave in the breeze

Once I was diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Nikcevich took my case. He didn't sugarcoat anything. But he basically said here's what we have, and we can treat it.

Man in a white lab coat looks with Andy at an MRI image

One of the things that I really appreciated what both Dr. Nikcevich and other staff members at the Cancer Center was their willingness to listen and also their approach. They weren't treating a disease. They were taking care of an individual. This wasn't a problem that needed to be solved. This was a person that needed to be treated and needed to be cared for.

Andy sits on a bench as the sun shines through trees

I think the fact that I'm here within my community, surrounded by friends and family members, and I'm able to do the types of things that I enjoy doing,

Andy sails

I can do that up here. I can't do that elsewhere. And I think that has really played a key role in how I've reacted to the treatment. I got high-quality health care here in the Twin Ports, provided by people who are compassionate, who care about me as an individual, not just as a patient. And I'm doing it in a setting that's absolutely gorgeous. I'm looking out at Lake Superior. So when you ask, where else can you get that combination, I don't think there's any place else. There's nowhere else.

Text, Like Nowhere Else

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.

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