Patient Stories

Angel Tree Gift Helps Patient Repair Dryer, Install Handrail

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JoAnn Nachtman has been without a working clothes dryer for three years. St. Luke’s Cancer Services’ Angel Tree program helped her pay for repairs and install a handrail on the …

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Katie DeBower says “I Don’t” to Breast Cancer

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At just 31 years old, and in the middle of planning her wedding, breast cancer was the last thing on Katie DeBower’s mind. But as the big day was approaching, …

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Biking for a Cause: 2500 Miles for Colon Cancer Awareness

In July 2019, 38-year-old Zach Douglas of Cedar Rapids, IA underwent a CT scan. In the months prior, he had been experiencing various symptoms. Abdominal pain, blood in his stools …

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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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