Advanced Cancer Care for Cedar Rapids
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is difficult. St. Luke's is here for you and your family during every step of your journey with services that treat mind, body and spirit. Plus, we're treating cancer earlier than ever before with state-of-the-art cancer risk assessments that find cancer at the earliest stages, when it's easiest to treat. We partner with the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center to offer a range of care and services from the area’s best providers, from prevention and education to the latest treatments and clinics.
Thanks to improvements in testing and technology, treatment options are increasing each year. One or more treatments may be used; in fact, it's common to use several treatments at the same time or in sequence with the goal of preventing recurrence.
Albert G. and Helen Nassif Radiation Center
The Albert G. and Helen Nassif Radiation Center completes the full
spectrum of cancer care for St. Luke's Hospital and will house the most
advanced cancer fighting technology available, external beam radiation
One out of every two men and one of every
three women are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.
According to a 2014 World Health Organization Report cancer cases are
expected to surge 57 percent worldwide in the next 20 years and because
of this St. Luke's pursued a Certificate of Need (CON) with the State
Health Facilities Council to bring external beam
radiation therapy to St. Luke's.
Establishing the Albert G. and Helen
Nassif Radiation Center as a freestanding office-based facility
provides a cost savings to patients who require radiation therapy. The
savings per patient is expected to range from 20 to 50 percent.
Innovative, Advanced Treatment Options
Intraoperative Electron Radiation Therapy (IOeRT)
Faster, convenient, more precise breast cancer treatment
You've heard the breast cancer diagnosis, and now you're ready for answers. "In one procedure, women can have a cancer
operation, radiation to the tumor bed and maintain optimal appearance
and symmetry with the other breast. IOeRT is a concise, convenient and
cost-effective treatment. This is true innovation," explains Dr. Robert
Brimmer, of Physicians Clinic of Iowa surgeon.
Call (319) 369-7216 to speak with a Breast Care Coordinator. Learn more.
One of the first to offer new prostate cancer treatment
St. Luke's Hospital was among the first hospitals in the state to offer a new radioactive injection for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The treatment, called Radium 223 (brand name Xofigo) is a newly approved drug that emits radioactive particles, which can extend the lives of certain men with advanced prostate cancer. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2013 after a successful clinical trial, and is appropriate for men with prostate cancer whose disease has spread to the bone but not to other organs. Learn more about this treatment from the American Cancer Society.
First North American patient receives experimental drug to treat breast cancer
The first North American patient to be treated with Radium 223 (Xofigo®) or placebo for a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, has started treatment at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa, as part of an innovative clinical research study. Clinical trials are not new to Cedar Rapids, however, there is a pervasive myth that investigational drugs are only available in large academic settings. This particular trial is available through a partnership among PCI, the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center and UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital. Each entity has a role in the patient's treatment regimen. Read more.