Patient Stories

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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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

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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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