St. Luke’s Nassif Radiation Center makes high quality advanced cancer treatment more convenient, at a lower-cost. Lee Overton admits he might not have agreed to radiation treatment for his prostate cancer if it weren’t for the new St. Luke’s Nassif Radiation Center. But once he began treatment shortly after the center opened, Overton says,“I actually looked forward to going every day!”
Oncology nurses diagnosed with cancer share bond with their patients – Cancer knows no barriers. It can strike male and female, young and old, all races and occupations. That point was driven home for the Community Cancer Center family in 2015 when three oncology nurses affiliated with the center were diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, has called this a “remarkable moment” in cancer research. Scientists are more knowledgeable than ever about how cancer starts, how it spreads and how to combat it.
Ryan Dempewolf, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist with Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Ear, Nose & Throat. He provides medical and surgical treatment for disorders of the ear, nose and throat including thyroid and head and neck cancers.
Outreach program targets rising melanoma rates – Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is also one of the fastest-growing cancers in Iowa. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports the number of new melanoma cases in the state is up 284 percent since the 1970s. And among young people age 15 to 29, melanoma is now the second most common form of cancer.
The Healing Power of Art “Cancer runs in my family,” says Brian Scott. “It’s all over the place.” That personal experience was instrumental in Scott’s decision to serve on the