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Patient Stories 

Milestones Have New Meaning

Cancer Care That Can Mend the Brokenness

Sue Dolter shares her experience receiving treatment for breast cancer at the Wendt Regional Cancer Center. Click here to read more.

New Technology in the Right Hands

When 78-year-old Earlville resident Vincent Herman was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer, neither he nor his family thought much of the recommended treatment. So Vincent and wife, Betty, came to the Wendt Regional Cancer Center for a second opinion. Click here to read more.

On a difficult journey, Angie Gravel found support close to home.

"Aside from Finley making the process easy and comfortable, being so close to home was what made my experience all the better. I had 32 treatments, 32 days in a row, and only missed one day of work. There's nothing convenient about cancer especially when raising a four-year-old, but receiving treatment at Finley, I found out how much people will reach out and support you." Click here to read more.

Teamwork Unmasked in Finley Patient's Battle with Cancer

Paul Wiezorek's radiation mask rests on the table just a few short feet from him. It's Paul's spunk and generous nature - coupled with his determination and willingness to help others battling a similar journey - that dramatically fills the room as he lifts an electro-larynx to his right cheek, assisting him in sharing his story about his radiation mask and cancer journey. Click here to read more.

Proud to be a Breast Cancer Survivor

My name is Diane Carroll. I am a wife to my husband, Dan; a mother to my two children - Luke, age 18, and Lisa, age 14, both of whom attend Dubuque Senior High School. I am the daughter of Clete and Lavonne Kaiser; a sister to Deb Redmond and Steve Kaiser. I'm an aunt, godmother, sister-in-law, niece, friend and manager at Dubuque Internal Medicine. I am also proud to say I am a breast cancer survivor. Click here to read more. 

Amazing Team Working to Fight Cancer

Hello, my name is Karen Gonzalez. I am being honored here tonight because I am a breast cancer survivor. My cancer journey began, like so many others, with a routine mammogram. A suspicious area and a biopsy confirmed stage 2 ductal breast cancer. I underwent a lumpectomy and an axillary dissection due to positive lymph nodes. I was 47 and had no family history of breast cancer. I had my first of 8 chemotherapy treatments the week before my youngest son graduated from high school. After I finished chemotherapy, I spent the next six weeks getting radiation treatments at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Wendt Regional Cancer Center. During my treatment, I felt like I was part of an amazing team, all working to fight my cancer. Click here to read more.

Glad to be Fighting Cancer Battle Locally

September of 2014. I remember I was substitute teaching for a teacher who was being treated for breast cancer. Ironically, I noticed a large lump in my right breast. I didn't think it could be of concern, as I had just had a mammogram four months prior. Click here to read more. 

Cancer-Free Thanks to Care Close to Home

Once resigned to a double mastectomy, Tanya Kopp finds new hope close to home. They found the lump during a routine mammogram, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer last October 24. Since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31 and had a double mastectomy, I assumed I would have to take the same course of action. My doctors in Wisconsin, and later at Finley Wendt Regional Cancer Center, decided to prescribe less aggressive treatment. Click here to read more. 

Gary Dolphin is Cancer Free Because Hope was Within Reach

Gary is a vice president at U.S. Bank in and the voice of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. When diagnosed with prostrate cancer, he conferred with oncologists and radiologists on where to receive treatment-the answer was right around the corner at the Finley Wendt Regional Cancer Center. Click here to read more. 

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