Patient Stories

Staying active helps Rick fight prostate cancer

“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 …

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

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 …

“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 …

Melanoma Treatment and the Road to Recovery

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 …

Skin Cancer Doesn’t Keep Roy Robertson On The Ground

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. …

Dave Van De Berg is thankful for his individualized care

“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 …

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 …

Genetic testing helped Dave Strowmatt’s entire family be proactive

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 …

Move beyond cancer and embrace wellness for life

Support services allow Sharon to move beyond cancer and embrace wellness for life. Sharon’s journey with cancer began in 2013 when a spot was discovered on her right lung. A …

Learning to prevent cancer

Lifelong teacher joins clinical trial to help doctors learn how to prevent colon cancer Carol Cassells has spent a lifetime as an educator, helping children learn about subjects from science …