McFarland Clinic

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

Ames

William R. Bliss Cancer Center

1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

515-239-4401

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Hours

DayTime
Monday7:30am-5pm
Tuesday7:30am-5pm
Wednesday7:30am-5pm
Thursday7:30am-5pm
Friday7:30am-5pm
Saturday8am-12pm

*Lab open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm.

Mary Greeley Medical Center

1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

515-239-4401

Location Details on Mary Greeley Medical Center

Hours

DayTime
Monday7:30am-5pm
Tuesday7:30am-5pm
Wednesday7:30am-5pm
Thursday7:30am-5pm
Friday7:30am-5pm
Saturday8am-12pm

*Lab open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm.

Boone

Boone County Hospital

1015 Union Street
Boone, IA 50036

515-239-4401

Location Details on Boone County Hospital

Hours

Please contact the Oncology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Fort Dodge

Norma Schmoker Cancer Center

802 Kenyon Rd
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

515-574-8587

Location Details on Norma Schmoker Cancer Center

Hours

DayTime
Monday8am-5pm
Tuesday8am-5pm
Wednesday8am-5pm
Thursday8am-5pm
Friday8am-5pm

Humboldt

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

1000 North 15th Street
Humboldt, IA 50548

515-574-8587

Location Details on Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Hours

Please contact the Oncology & Hematology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Iowa Falls

Iowa Falls Office

701 Washington Ave
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

515-239-4401

Location Details on Iowa Falls Office

Hours

Please contact the Oncology department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Jefferson

Jefferson Office

106 West Washington Street
Suite 2
Jefferson, IA 50129

515-239-4401

Location Details on Jefferson Office

Hours

Please contact the Oncology Department for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Marshalltown

Marshalltown Office

312 East Main Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

641-752-0654

Location Details on Marshalltown Office

Hours

Please contact the Marshalltown office for information regarding hours and scheduling for this outreach clinic.

Services

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.

Oncologists/Hematologists

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.

Services Offered

  • 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
  • Lymphoma
  • 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
  • MDS
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Anemia

Clinical Trials

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.

Cancer Clinical Trials

Patient Resources

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?

Infusion therapy is given at our Ames location and at several of our other outreach sites, including Marshalltown, Webster City and Jefferson.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources
See details for Clinical Research
Clinical Research

Mary Greeley Medical Center and the William R. Bliss Cancer Center offer clinical trials that oncology patients can choose to enroll in.

Video Resources

Oncology nurse's first hand experience with cancer diagnosis

A McFarland Clinic Oncology nurse shares her experience as both a nurse and a patient.

Patient Education

Important Links
See details for Mary Greeley William R. Bliss Cancer Center
Mary Greeley William R. Bliss Cancer Center

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.

See details for American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

See details for National Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.

See details for Cancer.net
Cancer.net

Cancer.net is the American Society of Clinical Oncology's website providing cancer-related information.

See details for Iowa Cancer Consortium
Iowa Cancer Consortium

The Iowa Cancer Consortium acts as the state government's organization devoted to eliminating cancer.

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