It’s Daffodil Time!

The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center is proud to be a presenting sponsor for this year’s Gems of Hope “Hope Blooms” daffodil campaign. To kick off the campaign, Gems …

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Exercise Is Cancer Medicine, Says Global Coalition

Current oncology practice is “failing those diagnosed with cancer” with regard to prescribing exercise, says a call-to-action report from a global coalition of 40 leaders from 17 organizations, spearheaded by …

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Sherri Conrad is Grateful for Supportive, Compassionate Care

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Sherri Conrad of Cedar Rapids, IA has spent the majority of her career in health care. She had the opportunity to be a traveling nurse and spent years living in …

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Lessons from a 10-year Breast Cancer Survivor


This short blog written by a cancer survivor has great information including practical tips about diet, exercise, and emotional health.  At the Nassif Community Cancer Center, we have dietitians, an …

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Sweet Potatoes: Six Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are sweet, starchy root vegetables that are grown worldwide. They come in a variety of sizes and colors — including orange, white, and purple — and are rich …

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The Relationship Between Nutrition and Cancer

Did you know you can reduce your risk of cancer by eating a nutritious diet? Although cancer prevention continues to be researched, we do know the chances of developing cancer …

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Pat’s Story: Cancer prevention can begin with knowing your family history

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Pat Brady was attending a family reunion in the summer of 2018 when she learned several cousins had undergone predictive genetic testing for cancer. With a history of cancer throughout …

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8 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

This article is a chance to “pat ourselves on the back” for the healthy things we are already eating or drinking. Plus it is a chance to learn more about …

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“They are my shining stars!”

Cancer survivor is grateful for her support at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center In 2015, Natalie Rees had a colonoscopy, which led to a minor surgery to remove …

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Melanoma Treatment and the Road to Recovery

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Jill Zeilstra (63) of Cedar Rapids says it has been years since she last visited a dermatologist, “my sister convinced me to get checked, it had been long enough!” Zeilstra’s …

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