Patient Stories

Steve’s Story: Lung cancer remarkably detected through heart scan


Steve Miller, age 71, of Cedar Rapids has been a mild smoker since his days in the army. He explains he has generally felt healthy for most of his life, …

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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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Staying active helps Rick fight prostate cancer

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“I was terribly overwhelmed when I learned my diagnosis,” says Rick Flockhart, a prostate cancer patient who utilized the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center. “I’m thankful for my care …

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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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“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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Skin Cancer Doesn’t Keep Roy Robertson On The Ground

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Roy Robertson, a Monticello, Iowa native and retired aviation engineer of 42 years, was diagnosed with stage three melanoma in July of 2018. During a routine visit to see Dr. …

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Dave Van De Berg is thankful for his individualized care

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“This was a good place for us to land, even before we knew it was cancer,” shares Jo Van De Berg, wife and caregiver of Dave Van De Berg, a …

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DCISionRT Test Gives Patient Peace of Mind

“I’ll do whatever it takes to reduce my chance of cancer returning,” says Deb Novak of Marion, IA. Novak, an analyst at Transamerica and mother of two was diagnosed with …

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Genetic testing helped Dave Strowmatt’s entire family be proactive

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Dave Strowmatt’s message is simple: “Listen to your body and get checked when something doesn’t feel right.” He’s had experience. In September 2015, Strowmatt visited his family physician after dealing …

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