For 20 years, the June E. Nylen Cancer Center has led the region in comprehensive cancer care. The center officially opened its doors March 27, 2005 as the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center. The years have been marked by collaboration, change and growth. Now we mark the anniversary of our inception as one of the first freestanding cancer centers in the Midwest. We now have fourteen medical oncology and hematology satellite locations in Iowa and Nebraska to convenience our patients in the outlying areas.
Altogether, a staff of 101 professionals work together to bring the highest quality, compassionate cancer care to thousands in our community. A full array of beneficial support services are offered: nutritional care, emotional and spiritual care, a patient advocate, wig boutique, support groups, education and a resource center, patient transportation services, acupuncture, massage, herbal therapies, and other forms of complementary therapies.
The June E. Nylen Cancer Center partners with the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Community Oncology Program including Mayo Clinic, which enables us to offer state-of-the-art treatment which might otherwise be unavailable. More than 3,300 Siouxland patients have participated in clinical trials that offer new treatments, prevention, and enhanced quality of life for our patients.
In the last five years some of the changes we have seen on the oncology/hematology side are an increased use of oral oncology drugs with more supportive agents available. We also have targeted agents to help in the treatment of lung, breast, colon and renal carcinomas as well as for lymphoma and CLL.
“By offering state-of-the-art technology and the best staff to care for our patients we are proud to offer hope and healing to the people of Siouxland,” says Karen Van De Steeg, executive director of the center. “We are also fortunate to have such incredible collaboration between cancer specialists and area health providers.”
Each time a patient rings the Hope Bell in the Cancer Center lobby, they walk out of the cancer center free of the disease that brought them to our doors. For us, it signals our success in fighting cancer using the most state-of-the-art equipment coupled with compassionate patient care.