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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy, used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy, is often an integral component in the treatment of cancer. This is done on an outpatient basis, usually five times a week for five to six weeks. Each visit takes about 20 minutes.

Our staff of board-certified radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists (specialists in monitoring radiation levels), and registered nurses, use a multidisciplinary approach to make treatment as comfortable and effective as possible. We inform patients about what to expect and how we will help them manage their treatment.

Throughout treatment, nurses draw on a number of resources to help with any side effects and dietary needs, as well as to provide any needed psychological, emotional, or spiritual support.

A board-certified medical physicist regularly checks the safety and accuracy of the equipment and individual treatments, ensuring that the exact level of therapy prescribed is being delivered. Our medical oncologists do weekly evaluations of each patient's progress. After treatments are completed, we provide follow-up care for any latent side effects of the therapy.

Locations & Hours

William R. Bliss Cancer Center

1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

515-239-2411

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Hours

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

Mary Greeley Medical Center

1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

515-239-2411

Location Details on Mary Greeley Medical Center

Hours

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

Norma Schmoker Cancer Center

802 Kenyon Rd
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

515-574-8587

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Services

  • Linear accelerator radiation
  • Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Low-dose brachytherapy (in which radioactive seeds or sources are placed near the cancer itself)
  • HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRT)
  • Respiratory gated treatment planning for lung patients

Patient Resources

A Patient's Story: TrueBeam Radiation

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Learn how TrueBeam radiotherapy technology is treating cancers throughout the body, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

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