Cancer Center

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Moline Hospital

High-Quality Cancer Care in the Quad Cities

Get trusted cancer care with a personal touch, without leaving the Quad Cities region. UnityPoint Health – Trinity's team includes well-known cancer doctors who have decades of experience treating many types of cancers. We treat every person in our care like family, and we're dedicated to serving this community.

You can receive many of our cancer services under one roof at Trinity Cancer Center in Moline. We coordinate your care to save you time while supporting you at every turn.

You can expect:

  • Experienced cancer doctors: Our team includes highly trained cancer specialists who have been working with this community for decades. Thousands of patients have benefited from our surgeons' expertise for a wide variety of cancer types.
  • Cancer treatment, personalized to you: Our collaborative team of cancer doctors meets often to discuss your care. We consider your preferences before making treatment recommendations. We develop a cancer treatment plan that's right for you.
  • Broad scope of services: Our cancer treatment center cares for people affected by many types of cancer, including breast, colon, prostate and lung cancers. We offer comprehensive services to screen, diagnose and treat cancer with less interruption to your daily life.
  • Innovative treatments: Our advanced radiation treatments treat cancer with less impact on your life. Brachytherapy (radioactive seed implants) destroys cancer cells with less damage to healthy tissues, offering the potential of fewer side effects. We were the first in the region to offer the TrueBeam® radiotherapy system. This tool directs radiation right at cancer cells for shortened treatment times.
  • Support for your whole health: Cancer can affect your mind, body and spirit in different ways. Our oncology-certified dietitian helps you manage special diet and nutritional needs. Our oncology social worker can help you solve the challenges cancer treatment may present.
  • Therapy for stronger recovery: At our SouthPark Pointe location in Moline, certified oncology rehabilitation specialists are trained to meet the unique needs of people affected by cancer.

Our Cancer Specialties

Our team cares for people who have many types of cancer. We have extra expertise in treating four of the most common cancer types: breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers.

Throughout the continuum of cancer care, you can count on us to never lose focus of our No. 1 priority: you. A care coordinator will be your go-to resource for all your questions and concerns throughout your care journey.

Types of Cancers Treated

Breast cancer

Our breast cancer program emphasizes early detection and rapid treatment. Our high-risk breast program provides personalized guidance and genetic testing for women at increased risk for breast cancer. Our breast health center received a "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence" designation by the American College of Radiology, illustrating our commitment to quality care.

We provide the full spectrum of breast screening, diagnostic and treatment services at locations throughout the Quad Cities and Muscatine area.

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Women aged 40-49: Begin mammogram screening at age 40 and continue annually. Consult with your doctor about your individual risk factors and when to start screening.
Women aged 50-64: Screening may be done every two years as compared to annually.
Women 65 and older: Continue mammograms every two years through age 74. After age 75, discuss with your doctor about screening.
All women: Discuss your personal health history with your doctor to determine the best tests and timing for your scheduled screening.

Women who are at high-risk for developing cancer due to their family history or genetic make-up, should contact our High-Risk Breast Program at (309) 779-5080.

Schedule Your Mammogram

Getting your mammogram is quick and easy. First, ask your primary care provider to request your mammogram and then schedule online. No primary care provider? No problem. Call (309) 779-7979 for help.

Colon cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis often leads to a complete cure. With our qualified team of professionals and access to the latest colon cancer clinical trials and research, the care team at Trinity supports families of the Quad Cities and surrounding area every step of the way.

Local patients can also seek out resources through Colon Cancer Free QCA, a coalition of physicians and their staff members dedicated to spreading awareness about colon cancer. The group consists of professionals from Digestive Disease Center, Gastroenterology Consultants, S.C., Gastrointestinal Clinic of the Quad Cities, Regional Surgicenter, Quad City Endoscopy and Trinity Cancer Center.

Early Detection of Colon Cancer

As we age, the risk of colon cancer increases, most notably after the age of 50. If a family history or symptoms have you concerned, take the first step in colon cancer prevention by contacting your primary care provider.

Looking for a new primary care provider? Start your search here.
Lung cancer

The UnityPoint Health Trinity Lung Cancer Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, including minimally invasive surgical options, access to cancer clinical trials, risk assessment and early detection, and comprehensive supportive care options.

There are two different forms of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell that grow differently, so they need to be treated as such. Lung cancer is responsible for 29 percent of cancer deaths which makes it the leading cause of cancer in both men and women. While it is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States, it is also the most preventable.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing nearly 160,000 people each year. Yearly lung screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) has been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early, when it is easier to treat. The Trinity Lung Screen Program started in 2014 and has been growing every year since. In 2020, UnityPoint Health – Trinity screened 1,200 patients and of these, 16 patients were diagnosed with cancer. 

Screening is recommend for the following:

  • Older adults. Lung cancer screening is generally offered to smokers and former smokers who are 50 and older
  • Current smokers. If you have a history of smoking for 20 pack years or longer. Pack years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked a day and the number of years that you smoked.
  • Former smokers. If you were a heavy smoker for a long time and you quit smoking in the last 15 years, you may consider lung cancer screening.
  • People with overall good health. Screenings are recommended for people in overall good health. It is generally not recommended for those who are more likely to experience complications from follow-up tests, have poor lung function or other serious conditions that would make surgery difficult.
Prostate cancer

Affecting men of all ages, prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer that impact men over the age of 60. When a diagnosis is found, Trinity offers our patients of the Quad Cities a comprehensive care plan that includes components of surgery, radiation (including radioactive seed implantation) and chemotherapy. In some cases, surgery may be needed, but Trinity offers the robotic prostatectomy for our prostate cancer patients.

Sometimes difficult to detect, knowing your risk factors such as age, diet and overall health, can make a big difference when it comes to early detection and treatment.

Cancer Treatment Options

Chemotherapy treatments

Chemotherapy treatments are medications that target and destroy cancer cells. As a systemic treatment, chemotherapy can affect both cancerous and healthy tissues throughout your body. Chemotherapy comes in different forms, such as pills, injections and infusions (through an IV). Our care team will recommend systemic therapies that are best suited for your circumstances which can also include hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted drugs.

At Trinity Cancer Center in Moline, you can receive the latest chemotherapy treatments in a calming environment. Our 13 infusion stations feature massage and heated chairs for your comfort. The center also provides plenty of space and seating, so family or friends can more easily support you through treatment.

Infusion Center

We provide a full spectrum of chemotherapy services at Trinity Cancer Center's Infusion Center in Moline. You'll find:

  • Convenience: Our Infusion Center is just one of many cancer care services available at Trinity Cancer Center. We house multiple cancer care services in one place to save you time and energy and let you focus on your health.
  • Comfort features: We work hard to make a challenging situation as pleasant as possible. Chairs with massage and heat functions, and serene views outside, provide an extra measure of comfort during chemotherapy infusions.
  • Compassionate team: Our cancer specialists care for you like family. We get to know you on a personal level and go above and beyond to help you navigate every turn of cancer treatment.
  • Support at every step: Your care team includes oncology-certified nurses who are committed to your comfort during ongoing chemotherapy treatments. Our dedicated oncology social worker helps you manage transportation or other obstacles that may come up during the cancer treatment process.
Surgical oncology (cancer surgery)

Surgery is an effective treatment for many types of cancer. Surgery to remove a tumor (cancerous tissue) may be the first treatment your doctor recommends. Our surgical team has performed thousands of cancer surgeries using traditional (open) and minimally invasive techniques. We will recommend a surgical approach that fits your needs.

Minimally invasive surgery may be laparoscopic (a surgeon uses sophisticated instruments and tiny incisions) or robotic (a robot guides a surgeon's movements). Minimally invasive cancer surgery offers multiple potential benefits, including less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.

Common cancer surgeries performed at Trinity:

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Brain cancer

To find a surgeon at Trinity, visit Find a Provider.

Radiation treatments

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation such as X-rays to damage the DNA of cancer cells. Radiation stops cancer cells from growing and dividing. We use radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer. At UnityPoint Health – Trinity, you have access to advanced radiation therapies, including treatments not widely available in this area.

Trinity Cancer Center was the first hospital within 90 miles of Quad Cities to offer TrueBeam® radiotherapy technology. This treatment offers pinpoint accuracy for maximum treatment benefit. Most treatments last only a few minutes, providing you added flexibility.

For brachytherapy, your doctor carefully places radioactive seeds directly into or next to a cancerous tumor. This approach destroys cancer cells while damaging less healthy tissue, offering the potential for fewer side effects.

Radiation Oncology

Doctors use radiation oncology (also called radiation therapy) to treat many types of cancer. Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to damage the building blocks of cancer cells and stop them from growing or spreading. When cancer cells can no longer multiply, they no longer pose a threat to your health and the body gets rid of them.

There are two main types of radiation therapy:

  • External beam radiation uses a powerful machine (such as a linear accelerator) to carefully aim X-rays or gamma rays right at the tumor from outside the body.
  • Brachytherapy uses radioactive seeds (tiny vessels filled with radiation). A cancer doctor places the radioactive seeds inside your body, directly into or near the cancerous tumor.

Radiation may damage some healthy tissues near a tumor. Our team's careful planning helps ensure a radiation dose targets cancerous tissue but avoids normal cells as much as possible, reducing side effects.

Comprehensive rehabilitation services

At UnityPoint Health – Trinity, we provide oncology rehabilitation services to individuals with cancer and cancer survivors. Our therapy programs are focused on helping those impacted by cancer address their symptoms and thrive in their day-to-day activities.

Receive Support from Our Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialists
Our therapy team has been certified as oncology rehabilitation specialists by the Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute (PORi). UnityPoint Health – Trinity is proud to offer the only PORi certified rehabilitation team in the Quad Cities area. PORi is renowned for expert therapeutic education utilizing evidence-based research and extensive hands on training. This ensures the highest level of competency for oncology patient care. We are dedicated to developing a cardioprotective exercise program built for individuals based on their specific needs and personal goals.

We provide a wide range of therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy to help patients improve strength, increase independence and regain control of their lives.

Therapy can help with:

  • Range of motion limitations
  • Strength impairments
  • Balance concerns
  • Scar tissue restriction
  • Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Edema management
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Vestibular dysfunction
  • Cognitive and memory deficits
  • Speech and word-finding impairments
  • Swallowing difficulties

For more information:

UnityPoint Health - Trinity
Physical Rehabilitation at
SouthPark Pointe in Moline
3940 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 581-7640

Radioactive seed implantation

Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer Patients

Since 2000, Trinity Cancer Center has offered radioactive seed implantation as a treatment for prostate cancer to the Quad Cities community. Traditionally, men with localized prostate cancer had two treatment options, a radical prostatectomy or external beam radiation therapy. At Trinity, more than 350 men have taken advantage of this new therapy and its potential for fewer complications.

Radiation seed implantation is a form of internal radiation. Tiny titanium canisters called "seeds" that carry a radioisotope are implanted into the prostate. The seeds provide a low energy, continuous, radiation of the cancer. With the dose of radiation concentrated in the prostate, surrounding tissues receive less radiation exposure than with traditional prostate cancer treatment.

Eligibility for this treatment is carefully considered by the patient's urologist and radiation oncologist. Some of the considerations are the size of the prostate, the aggressiveness of the tumor, PSA level, the patient's medical history, and quality of life issues. In some cases, radioactive seed implantation is combined with external beam radiation therapy to treat the cancer.

The seed implantation is done on a same-day-surgery visit without an overnight hospital stay.

After the implantation, common side effects include a sensation of urinary urgency and burning that usually resolves. The long-term side effects of urine incontinence and impotence occur infrequently with seed implantation.

Follow up remission and survival rates for prostate cancer patients receiving radioactive seed implantation is comparable to surgery and/or external beam radiation therapy. For many men with localized prostate cancer, radioactive seed implantation is a welcomed alternative therapy.

For more information on radiation treatment, please call (309) 779-5090.

Lung Screening Program at Trinity Cancer Center

The Trinity Cancer Center team know that the best chance of a cure for lung cancer is early detection. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women and is typically diagnosed at a more advanced stage after the cancer has spread. By making a low dose computed tomography (LDCT) test available, we can diagnose patients sooner and get them on the road to recovery faster.

Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility

You may be a eligible for a lung screening if:

  • You are between 50-77 years old
  • You have a history of smoking more than 20 pack-years (an average of smoking 1 pack per day for 20 years)
  • You are a current smoker, or have quit within the past 15 year

To request an appointment, please complete the request form or call (309) 779-5090.

If eligible, most insurance covers this screening at 100% but always check with your insurance provider on your specific coverage options.

Free Colon Cancer Screening

UnityPoint Health, Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities and the Iowa Cancer Consortium are teaming up to offer free at-home screening kits for Scott, Louisa and Muscatine County residents making screening easy and affordable for everyone.

The screening takes minutes at home. Simply:

  • Register for an educational workshop.
  • Request a free at-home screening kit.
  • Follow the provided instructions and return your sample in pre-paid mailing envelope.
  • Discuss results with your primary care provider. If you don't have one, we can help you schedule with a provider accepting new patients.

You can also request a kit by calling (309) 779-5796 and leave a message with your name, date of birth, mailing address and phone number.

Educational Workshops

During this free seminar, experts will share colon cancer risks, the importance of early screening and how a simple at-home test can save your life. Pre-registration required. Virtual and in-person options available at locations throughout Scott, Louisa and Muscatine counties. Registration recommended by not required to attend.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why screen for colon cancer? Although colon cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it can be treated if detected early. Early treatment dramatically increases your chance of survival.

Screening takes minutes at home. You will receive a stool-based fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit. This is a simple and effective method for screening. The test can detect signs of colon cancer. Simply follow the directions and mail back your sample in the pre-paid business envelope. The initial screening is FREE thanks to a grant from the Iowa Cancer Consortium, UnityPoint Health and Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities.

Get results fast. We will receive your results within 2 weeks after you mail back your sample. We will contact you via phone and/or in writing with your results.

What if your test is positive? This means that the test has detected blood in your stool which could be a sign of precancerous polyps or colorectal cancer. We will reach out to you to help share your results with your primary care provider and set up any recommended further testing.

I am concerned about cost or other hardships. If further testing is recommended, often insurance or Medicaid/Medicare will cover the services. If you don't have health insurance, there are many programs to assist in paying for services. We can arrange for you to meet with a social worker or a Trinity Patient Financial Counselor. We also will provide you with a range of services available from Gilda's Club Quad Cities for support.

Cooking with Heart for Cancer

Join UnityPoint Health – Trinity's expert dietitians for a series of cooking classes designed with cancer prevention in mind. Cooking with Heart for Cancer is an interactive, hands-on experience relaying the components of a flavorful cancer prevention eating pattern. The class is offered for four weeks at no charge and is targeted to those who have been touched by cancer: survivors, care givers and loved ones. The dishes prepared emphasize how nutrition can help reduce the risk of cancer or cancer recurrence, through inclusion of foods and in their most powerful form (raw, cooked, and in combination with other foods).

Participants will learn eight or more delicious dishes and the steps to prepare them, including how to store and select the ingredients for the best quality. By the end of the series, participants will have several new dishes and foods to work into their regular eating pattern for an optimal cancer prevention eating style. Each class is an hour long with two dishes demonstrated (and one delicious dish taking less than 15 minutes to prepare). The classes are meant to take into consideration limited financial means, limited time to prepare foods and little to no experience in the kitchen cooking.

Each Class Includes:

  • Nutrition information - brief introduction of nutrition information integrated into the cooking demonstrations
  • Two dishes demonstrated with lots of engaging conversation
  • One dish is an easy dish that can be done in 15 minutes or less OR a one pot type meal that can be done in the instant pot or slow cooker to make it easy to put together
  • Second dish will be a delicious dish that highlights the topic of the day
  • Recipes for the dishes
  • Handouts to compliment the nutritional messages
  • Comprehensive Resource Binder with handouts and recipes

Course Topics:

  • Class 1: Cancer Myth-busting and Truths (sugar, alkaline, green tea, turmeric)
  • Class 2: Treasures in Eating the Rainbow (Or Eating the Rainbows Hidden Treasures)
  • Class 3: Eating Made Uncomplicated: Fun and Easy Meal Planning
  • Class 4: Boost the Power of Food on Your Plate

Thank you to the Trinity Foundation and Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities for supporting these classes so they are available at no cost to the community. 

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