Great River Cancer Center provides sophisticated medical technology, highly skilled professionals, a convenient location and a warm, caring environment for patients and their families. Because there are many types of cancer, treatment is different for each patient. Some patients have chemotherapy or radiation only, and others have both. Our providers work together to create the best treatment plans.

Great River Cancer Center’s radiation oncologist is a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics physician who works in West Burlington full time. Our radiation-treatment equipment is used in the world’s top cancer-treatment centers.

When you need cancer treatment, you want the best. It’s reassuring to know that it’s available close to home.

Types of cancer treated

Bone cancer Head and neck cancers Myelodysplastic syndrome
Brain cancer Lung cancer Pancreatic cancer
Breast cancer Lymphoma Prostate cancer
Chronic leukemia Melanoma Rectal cancer
Colorectal cancer Metastatic diseases Testicular cancer
Esophageal cancer Multiple myeloma  

Blood disorders treated

Anemia Hemophilia
Sickel cell disease Thallassemia

Medical staff

Mohammad Alhyari, M.D.

Hematology and medical oncology

William Rockey, M.D., PhD

Radiation oncology 




Hematology and oncology services

Blood-product transfusions
Chemotherapy and some types of cancer may affect blood counts. Some patients need transfusions of whole blood or blood components such as red cells or platelets.
Bone marrow biopsies
A bone marrow sample can confirm anemia, leukemia and lymphoma. Samples taken in our clinic are sent to a specialty laboratory for testing. It takes up to two weeks to receive results.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill rapidly growing cancer cells, slow their growth or relieve cancer symptoms. There are many types of chemotherapy drugs, and sometmes several drugs are combined. A pharmacist mixes chemotherapy IV drugs in a germ-free, negative-pressure room in the cancer center. The process of receiving chemotherapy through can IV is called infusion. In some cases, oral chemotherapy drugs are prescribed.
Side effects of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy has not been perfected to affect only cancer cells. This is why there are side effects. Besides cancer cells, chemotherapy also can attack healthy cells including hair follicles, and the lining of the mouth and throat. Bone marrow also may be affected. Drug side effects vary, and each patient experiences side effects differently.
Immunotherapy is treatment of weakened immune systems cause by cancer or other diseases


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to noon Friday




Jo Greiner

RadiatioN Oncology Services 

Radiation treats cancer by using high-energy beams created by a linear accelerator to treat cancer cells. The beams are aimed from several angles toward the tumor. They are strongest at the point where they meet.

Radiation treatment goals are different for every patient:

  • Cure cancer
  • Kill cancer cells that remain after surgery, chemotherapy or both
  • Control cancer for a period
  • Reduce symptoms of cancer, such as pain

In 2015, Great River Cancer Center began using the world’s most-sophisticated linear accelerator, which delivers radiation faster and with greater intensity and precision. Because radiation has a cumulative effect, a few high-dose treatments have the same effect as many low-dose treatments.

Treatment is so precise the most-intense beams can be delivered in the shape of the tumor within 2 millimeters of its outer edges. This protects the surrounding healthy tissue.

Quicker and fewer treatments are beneficial to patients because they reduce the length of time patients are immobilized during treatment and the number of trips to the cancer center.


Office hours begin at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. Emergency service is available on weekends.




Sheila Savage