Our Patients are at the Center of All We Do.

Read inspiring stories of strength, perseverance, and hope from those we’ve had the privilege of caring for at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center.

Breast Self-Check Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

In April 2021, Nicole Knoll of Cedar Rapids was doing her monthly breast self-check when she felt a hard spot, about the size of a dime. “I immediately realized, this was a shift,” said Knoll. “It was unusual and different,


Rich Patterson: A Role Model Cancer Survivor

A cancer diagnosis can impact a person’s life in many ways, both during treatment and beyond. Cancer survivors may deal with a wide range of effects as a result of their treatment including stress and anxiety, body image and sexuality


Second Opinion, Second Chance

In early 2019, Angela Fitzgerald of Iowa City started feeling “off.” She kept picking up colds and had a hard time kicking them. She initially attributed this to her work environment, as she had recently started a new job at


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