Advanced Cancer Treatment 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.


The choice of
cancer treatments is influenced by several factors, including the specific characteristics of your cancer; your overall condition; and whether the goal of treatment is to cure your cancer, keep your cancer from spreading, or to relieve the symptoms caused by cancer.

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.

The most common options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Radioactive Iodine 131

The freestanding radiation program at the Albert G. & Helen Nassif Radiation Center offers significantly lower costs for patients than those who receive radiation treatment within a hospital setting.

In addition to the equipment, the facility has five exam rooms, patient consult rooms and a conference room. The Center works in collaboration with the Nassif Community Cancer Center to seamlessly provide support services to patients receiving treatment at the Center and their families.

"The Center is exciting because it is the final piece in the complete care continuum for our patients," said Kimberly Ivester, UnityPoint Health St. Luke's Hospital Cancer Care and Nassif Community Cancer Center director. "We treat more than half of all inpatient medical and surgical oncology patients in Cedar Rapids and the center allows them the opportunity to stay with their provider of choice and a care team they are familiar with."

The Radiation Center is located in the PCI Medical Pavilion, near the Community Cancer Center and specialty providers, which is more convenient for patients and allows the physicians to work together in a way they weren't able to before because they were physically separated.

"This is the vision we had several years ago when St. Luke's worked with others in the community to create a community cancer center," said Ivester. "Our vision was to create one place for patients to see their doctor, receive treatments, utilize support services and take wellness classes. Our goal was to make a difficult time in a cancer patient's life a little easier and now that the Center is nearly complete it's satisfying to see it all finally come together."

Learn more about the specialized radiation therapy options we have available as part of our continuum of specialized cancer care at St. Luke's.