Oncology & Hematology
From the moment you enter the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, you’ll be greeted by our dedicated, compassionate staff.
You'll be educated and treated by our highly trained oncology nurses. Your comprehensive care will be provided by our board-certified medical oncologists/hematologists.
Our patients have come to expect the very best in coordinated health care, a truly collaborative approach.
Williams R. Bliss Cancer Center
The William R. Bliss Cancer Center is a partnership between Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.
Related Specialties and Services
Locations & Hours
1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
*Lab open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm.
1000 North 15th Street
Humboldt, IA 50548
HoursPlease contact the Oncology & Hematology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.
What is Oncology?
Medical oncology is the specialty devoted to the care of people with cancer. This includes the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of people who are at risk for/or have experienced cancer.
What is Hematology?
Hematology is the specialty devoted to the care of people with a variety of blood disorders, both benign and malignant. Most physicians are now trained in both specialties and care for oncology and hematology patients each day.
A medical oncologist/hematologist is first trained as a specialist in adult medicine. They often serve to coordinate the care provided to a cancer patient by other specialists and departments throughout the McFarland Clinic and William R. Bliss Cancer Center network.
- Chemotherapy and biotherapy infusion
- Non-oncology infusion center
- Clinical trials
- Cancer-related genetic counseling
- In-office dispensary
Diseases & Disorders Treated
A wide variety of cancers are treated at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center including, but not limited to, the following:
- Breast cancer
- Colon/rectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Urological and gynecological cancers
- Cancers of the head and neck
- Blood diseases
A wide variety of blood disorders are treated, including but not limited to:
- Leukemia, acute and chronic
- Multiple myeloma
Clinical trials study new, promising ways to treat and prevent cancer. Get access to the latest trials close to home at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, a service of Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do your oncologists specialize in treating specific cancers in their practice?
All of our medical oncologists are trained to treat a wide variety of cancers.
Do your oncologists practice hematology?
All of our medical oncologists are also hematologists.
What do I need to bring with me for my first appointment?
For your initial consultations:
- Please bring with you a complete list of medications (including dosing information and any over the counter medicines you are currently taking)
- A list of questions you have for your oncologist
- Contact information of a family member/significant other for release of information and/or emergency contact
- Any pertinent health information, including: any medical conditions, surgeries and family history
- We encourage you to bring a family member/significant other to your appointment
For your follow up appointment:
- Complete list of medications (including dosing information and any over the counter medicines you are currently taking)
For your infusion appointment:
- You are encouraged to eat prior to your infusions
- You may bring food and drink. Coffee, tea, soda and crackers are available at all of our infusion centers
- Wear comfortable clothing, a blanket will be provided
- You may bring a laptop, book, headphones and other diversion activities
- Friends and family are welcome!
Do I need to be fasting for my appointments?
You will be instructed by our staff to fast, if needed, prior to lab work, radiology tests and/or procedures.
Do you participate in clinical trials?
Yes. Please visit the Mary Greeley/Bliss Cancer Center Clinical Trials page for a description of current clinical trials. Our clinical trials program allows patients access to the latest clinical trials without the need to travel.
How do I choose my oncologist?
All of our oncologists see new patients. An oncologist will be selected for you, based on where you will receive your care (Ames or an outreach site). You may request a specific oncologist.
Where will I receive my chemotherapy treatment?
McFarland Clinic has infusion centers in Ames and outreach locations in central Iowa. See more about our Infusion Services and locations.
Mary Greeley Medical Center and the William R. Bliss Cancer Center offer clinical trials that oncology patients can choose to enroll in.
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Mary Greeley Medical Center, where the William R. Bliss Cancer Center is located, offers additional information on what the center and its McFarland physicians has to offer.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
The National Cancer Institute is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
Cancer.net is the American Society of Clinical Oncology's website providing cancer-related information.
The Iowa Cancer Consortium acts as the state government's organization devoted to eliminating cancer.