Surgical Oncology in Des Moines | John Stoddard Cancer Center

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Surgical Oncology

Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment and is still used extensively today. An estimated 60 percent of patients will undergo cancer surgery during their cancer journey.

In many cancers, including rare ones, surgical removal of the tumor is still the primary treatment. Cancer surgeries are done by general surgeons or surgeons who specialize in cancer related surgeries.

Surgery as a cancer treatment may be used for many purposes, such as:

  • curative treatment

  • diagnostic treatment (removal of tissue samples for testing and evaluation)

  • palliative treatment (to relieve discomfort and improve quality of life)

  • preventive treatment (removal of tissue that does not yet contain cancer cells but has a high risk of turning cancerous)

  • restorative treatment (to repair or replace damaged or destroyed areas of the body)

  • supportive treatment (surgical placement of a device to aid in the delivery of medications)