November 2017 News

Courage Ride raises funds for sarcoma research

Courage Ride committee presents check to Ben Miller, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and Munir Tanas, MD, pathologist, co-leaders of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Oncology Group
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The Loop
The 2017 Courage Ride raised $60,000 to advance sarcoma-related research at University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Bariatric surgery helps Melissa look and feel her best

Melissa's surgery team for her bariatric surgery was led by UI bariatric surgeon Jessica Smith, MD. The Roux-en Y procedure was a success, and Melissa was able to go home the next day. "Melissa's story is a perfect example of how bariatric surgery can be the additional tool so many patients need to be successful with long-term weight loss," Smith says. Melissa would recommend the UI Bariatric Surgery Clinic to anyone who's serious about weight-loss surgery and the commitment that comes both before and after the procedure.

For breast cancer care, Barb chose the team approach

Barb Miller didn't think her breast cancer diagnosis was routine or ordinary, so she didn't want her care to be routine or ordinary, either. At Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center-Iowa's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center-cancer experts work in teams called multidisciplinary oncology groups. The counselors help patients assemble a medical and family history and advise them as they process crucial information revealed by the tests, such as how to manage the patient's future cancer risk as well as any cancer risk for the patient's family.

‘Only chance to conceive’

We learned we were pregnant after just one round of IVF (we know we are lucky) and were expecting a baby in May of 2017. Once we were released from the infertility care team, we were told to find an obstetrician. We have a lot of options in the area, but I chose to continue my prenatal care at UI Health Care.

Collaborative care during high-risk pregnancy

Angie Poulsen and her family
Placenta accreta is a life-threatening condition where the placenta attaches too deep in the uterine wall. Most of the time, a hysterectomy is the only way to stop the hemorrhaging since the placenta does not want to pull away from the uterus. The physicians would not know how bad a placenta accreta was until they were performing the C-section.