Cancer Education Center

The Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Cancer Education Center is closed for walk-in assistance and group classes to avoid transmission risk during COVID-19. Staff are available by appointment only. To schedule, call 507-266-2991 or email

See “MORE” to find recordings and classes typically offered within the Cancer Education Center in Rochester, MN. Topics include Reducing Fatigue, Moving Forward After Cancer, Nutrition and Cancer, Physical Activity, Stress Management and more!


Patient Navigation

Patient Navigators based in Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center, located in Rochester, Minnesota, are available to assist cancer patients and their families with their many needs. As patient navigators, it is our role to provide nonclinical support during your cancer journey. The type of support and resources needed may be different for each patient. If you have questions about what resources and support are available to you please feel free to reach out to the Patient Navigator at 507-266-9288. We work closely with your healthcare team to address your concerns you have along the way.

  • Community resources: Many people are not familiar with the community options available to them during this time of need. These programs are not limited to but might include things like, rides for errands, meal delivery, visiting companions, and wellness communities offerings.
  • Transportation options: There could be various transportation options for you to consider depending on the distance and frequency you need to travel for your cancer care. These options include both ground an air.
  • Lodging options: There are lodging programs that are specifically available to cancer patients and their caregivers. The options vary depending on your needs; whether you are looking for a few nights or an extended period of time, bringing pets along, and how many people are the accommodations for? The Patient Navigator is happy to direct you to options available based on your needs.
  • Financial assistance options: The financial difficulties associated with a cancer diagnosis
    often cause anxiety and stress which may complicate your journey. A patient navigator can
    connect you to resources that are specific to your individual situation, and alleviate these
    concerns. See more information in these Navigator Notes
  • Insurance concerns: Insurance can be very confusing! Whether you have questions about
    your medical insurance, co-pays, cancer policies, short term disability, or Family Medical Leave
    Act (FMLA) the patient navigator can certainly help guide you.
  • Caregiver Support: Here are some resources for the caregiver.
    • Cancer Care:  Offers many different ways to connect with other caregivers whether it's online or over the phone.
    • Imerman Angels:  Offers a 1:1 mentoring approach to connect caregivers across the country.
    • Mayo Clinic Connect has an active caregiver group. Join their conversation! 
    • Read this article to learn more about what Patient Navigators do.


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