Radiation Oncology in Des Moines at John Stoddard Cancer Center
UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Radiation Oncology

As the state's first hospital-based radiation oncology department at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, John Stoddard Radiation Oncology continues to be one of the most technologically advanced radiation oncology departments in Iowa.

Radiation therapy works by focusing a beam of high-energy radiation or implanting radioactive sources in the area of tumor growth. Radiation can be used alone or in combination with other treatment, such as surgery and/or chemotherapy. In other cases, radiation therapy is employed as a supportive measure to reduce pain, pressure or bleeding. In addition, numerous benign tumors (non-cancerous) can be treated with radiation therapy. 

Our physicians and therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate patients and referring physicians in the event of an emergency. Approximately 90 percent of our patients are served on an outpatient basis and we strive to achieve a "no wait" policy for our patients. We work hard to educate our patients and their family about their radiation oncology treatment process every step of the way. We view the family as an important part of the care we provide. Our ultimate goal is to provide accurate, precise and timely service to cure or relieve discomfort for the patient diagnosed with cancer.

John Stoddard Radiation Oncology:

  • Experienced and highly trained radiation oncologists, therapists and support staff

  • The very latest technology and radiation therapy treatment options (learn more about specific treatment options by using the links on the left).

  • Access to our many specialty services and support groups

  • Education and information through our Oncology Navigation Team

  • Parking right outside our door (wheel chairs and assistance are available)

  • Multidisciplinary team care

  • An extensive library of educational materials brochures of books, videos and CD's