Great River Cancer Center
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
|Sickel cell disease||Thallassemia|
Hematology and medical oncology
Hematology and oncology services
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.