Patient Stories

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 …

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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 …

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Patient grateful for support

roger and vicki gamm

Community Cancer Center teams up to help West Union man fight tonsil cancer “I wouldn’t recommend cancer to anybody,” says 67-year-old Roger Gamm. “But if you have it, by golly, …

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The Importance of a Caregiver

When you are diagnosed with cancer, your whole life can turn upside down. That’s why having a strong support system, including a dedicated caregiver, is an integral part of one’s …

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Lung Check Credited with Saving Life

Carl Wittenburg is a long-time smoker. During a routine visit to see Dr. Michael Weston, UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center – Monticello, it was recommended Wittenburg have a …

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Knowing Risks and Acting Proactively

Breast cancer runs in the family for Amanda Coakley, 37, of Dubuque. Through regular mammograms and genetic testing, she knew her risks and acted proactively. Amanda’s mother and two aunts had …

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Teamwork Helps Coach Fight Cancer

Tony Dlouhy

The longtime varsity baseball coach at Springville High School, Tony Dlouhy knows about teamwork. Because of his team at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center, he was able to …

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Honoring Someone Near and Dear

“Casual for a Cause” day helps local business celebrate co-worker and cancer survivor On February 2, 2017, Kellie Lindblom was at work when she learned she had colon cancer. One …

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Saving her life

St. Luke’s Lung Check catches Belle Plaine woman’s lung cancer at its earliest stage Arlene Ledger wasn’t interested in getting screened for lung cancer. After all, the retired nurse didn’t …

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Coordinating the Battle Against Colon Cancer

Care coordinator helps patient get the services and support she needs. “I was at work in February 2017 when my doctor called to say I had colon cancer,” says Kellie …

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