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