Cancer Services

Fairview Range is proud to offer full-time comprehensive medical oncology services in Hibbing. 

Our University of Minnesota Physicians-affiliated medical oncologists, along with oncology nurse practitioners, provide medical oncology services to patients in our community.  They work closely with primary care physicians in the region to provide comprehensive cancer services for patients close to home.  

We understand that no two people — and no two cancers — are alike, so we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets both your medical and your personal needs. 

For more information about our medical oncology services, call 218-262-3441

View our Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports:

2018
2017
2016
2015

Public Outcomes Report

Commission on Cancer - Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports

As a Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer program, Fairview Range Medical Center ensures that patients with cancer are treated according to nationally accepted measures.

Measures for Quality of Cancer Care

Each year, CoC-accredited programs are required to review their quality of patient care using the Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R).

The CP3R analyzes Fairview Range Medical Center performance compared to the national standard of care for selected cancer sites. The CP3R also provides aggregate feedback for comparison with similar CoC-accredited cancer programs.

The CoC partners with internal and external clinical experts to develop quality measures. The Fairview Range Medical Center cancer registry collects the necessary data to assess and monitor concordance with the measures. The results are reported to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). NCDB is a clinical oncology outcomes database for more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs.

This report focuses on quality measures for breast and colon cancer. The report includes patients diagnosed in 2015. Fairview Range Medical Center meets or exceeds CoC expected performance rates (EPR) for five out of five measures compared to Minnesota and all CoC approved programs.

Commission on Cancer Overview

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care.

The CoC accreditation program is voluntary and encourages hospitals to improve quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs address the full continuum of cancer from prevention through hospice and end-of-life care, or survivorship and quality of life.

Radiation Therapy

Fairview Range’s Radiation Therapy department, located at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, has state-of-the-art radiation therapy services for cancer patients. The goal of each of these treatments is to avoid or reduce the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation and limit treatment’s side effects.  

Before each treatment session, an X-ray system mounted on a robotic arm is rotated around the body to gather images that pinpoint a tumor’s exact location. These images are then compared with existing images (MRI, CT, or other kinds of scans) in order to determine if the tumor has moved since the last treatment. Our Radiation Therapy department uses Dynamic Targeting® image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to verify patient position and tumor position at the time of treatment. Knowing exactly where the tumor is allows clinicians target only the tumor and spare the surrounding normal tissue. Irradiating less normal tissue reduces the toxicity of radiotherapy, improving the patient’s quality of life, and may make it possible to deliver higher radiation doses to the tumor and thereby increases the likelihood of local tumor control and cure. 

Types of Radiation Therapy

External beam radiation therapy (3-D): Targets tumors from outside the body using beams of ionizing radiation. In 3D, a computer is used to create a 3 dimensional picture of the tumor to match the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor. Many radiation beams are aimed at the tumor from different angles, sparing normal tissue as much as possible. 

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): Allows the amount of radiation to be varied across different parts of the beam. The radiation therapy dose can be sculpted to match the tumor’s size, shape, and density, increasing its effectiveness and avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.

Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT): Uses advanced imaging to precisely target tumors, which can change daily. The position of the patient can then be adjusted during treatment to ensure the treatment delivery is exactly on target. 

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): Uses precisely focused radiation beams to deliver high doses of radiation to the tumor with minimal exposure to healthy tissue. It is delivered in fewer sessions and is used to treat small, isolated tumors.

RapidArc: Delivers a complete IMRT treatment with a single rotation of the treatment machine around the patient. It involves varying the intensity of the radiation being used, shaping the radiation dose so that it conforms closely to the 3-D shape of the tumor, and using image guidance. Treatments are completed faster and more comfortably for patients.

Deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH): The accurate delivery of radiation therapy in conjunction with DIBH technology is an effective method of limiting radiation exposure to the heart and lungs for patients with left-sided breast cancer. In addition to pushing the treatment area away from nearby vital organs, DIBH eliminates movement caused by breathing. This allows for treatment volumes and margins to be reduced. Our voluntary breath-hold equipment allows patients to be in control of their breathing at all times. 

For more information about our radiation therapy services, please call 800-662-8939 or 218-362-6784.