Clinical Programs at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center
Our clinical programs cover a wide variety of cancer care, from prevention and education to cutting edge care and compassionate support.
Genetics and Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Understanding your family history is a powerful tool for making healthcare decisions today. That’s where our Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Clinic comes into the picture for your best health. This Clinic provides counseling, genetic testing and surveillance to help you determine if you are at risk for developing cancer. Learn more about cancer & genetics.
High-Risk Cancer Program
Are you at an increased risk for breast cancer? We’re here for you, providing answers, prevention strategy and support.
Some families may have an increased risk for breast cancer due to personal risk factors, family history, a hereditary cancer syndrome or a gene mutation in their family. These women may have a 20-85 percent chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime.
We’ll help you manage your Breast Cancer risk.
Cancer risk assessment is one of many services available through the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center’s High-Risk Breast Cancer Program. Healthcare professionals on a multidisciplinary team, including medical oncologists and surgeons from Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, work together to provide an individualized care plan that includes:
- Education about hereditary cancer syndromes
- Genetic counseling and testing
- Personalized screening plan
- Coordination of specialist appointments, if needed
- Prevention strategies that include nutrition, exercise and psychosocial counseling
Screening and close monitoring are essential to catching breast cancer in its earliest stages.
For more information, contact the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center at (319) 558-4876. A member of our High-Risk Breast Cancer Program will be happy to talk with you.
Lung Check Program
The best chance for beating lung cancer is early detection. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Smoking contributes to 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and 90 percent in men. Compared to people who have never smoked, women are 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer and men are 23 times more likely.
Lung cancer screening is effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center, together with UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Hospital, offer an accredited Lung Check program.
For more information on this program click here go to UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Hospital Lung Check. To find out if you qualify for the Lung Check program, call (319) 558-4876 to speak to a Care Coordinator or send us an email.
Tobacco Cessation Program
Tobacco dependency is a chronic condition. The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center staff provides counseling and behavioral support to help individuals quit tobacco. With so many options available, we will help you determine the tobacco cessation plan that is best for you. We offer group programs as well as one-on-one support. If you are interested in learning more about tobacco cessation options, contact Tobacco Cessation Services.
Colon Cancer Screening Program
If you’re 50 years old or older, you should get regular screenings for colon cancer. A colonoscopy allows your doctor to examine your entire colon and remove or biopsy abnormal growths if they’re found during the procedure. Learn more: Colorectal Cancer Screening at UnityPoint Cedar Rapids
If you have any questions about any of our programs or would like to make an appointment, please contact our Care Coordinators via phone (319) 369-7116 or email.