Patient Stories

Patty chose HIPEC treatment for her recurring cancer

Two years after undergoing surgery for colon cancer, Patty Brockett developed a large tumor in her right ovary. Leery of having cancer return a third time, Patty chose University of Iowa Health Care for HIPEC, a special treatment for recurring cancer in the abdominal area.

Washington man is back to normal after HIPEC treatment

When treatment for a tumor in his appendix required major surgery and a special type of chemotherapy treatment known as HIPEC, Dick Gallagher got the expert care he needed from University of Iowa Health Care.

Lindsey and Joanne’s midwifery story

Lindsey and her partner, Joanne, chose the midwives at UI Health Care because they wanted a normal, natural birth experience within the hospital-setting.

Vascular surgery saves woman with rare, life-threatening condition

Tania Justus and her family
Tania Justus had an uncommon condition called May-Thurner syndrome. "What is extremely rare is the fact that Tacia sustained a ruptured iliac vein. What was really critical was that we had the technology and expertise to make that diagnosis in a timely fashion."--Neelima Katragunta, MD

Jim is impressed with surgeon dedication

When Jim Black of Sterling, Illinois, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, tests showed that the tumor was likely to spread to other areas of his body. He was advised to consider traveling as far away as Florida to get the best treatment, but he chose University of Iowa Health Care.

Orthopedic surgery team reattaches partially severed limb

Stephen Boeding
In October 2016, Stephen Boeding was trimming a tree branch in his yard when the unexpected happened.

Clinical trials of new cancer treatments give Laura a chance to benefit from the latest medicine available

Laura Simonis puts on sunscreen
When Laura Simonis talks about her melanoma, drug names like “pembrolizumab” and “indoximod” roll off her tongue with ease. That’s because she did her research and decided that a clinical trial would be part of her plan to fight cancer.

Cardiovascular intensive care unit helps stabilize Kurt’s heart condition prior to surgery

Kurt Cosselman
“Like a typical male, I said, ‘There’s nothing to worry about,’” Kurt says.

Preschool teacher donates kidney to student’s father

Darreld Peterson (left) with preschool teacher Nancy Bleuer (right)
Mason City preschool teacher Nancy donates kidney to student’s father, Darreld

Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes shape Jared’s path to better health

“This whole operation was a way for me to completely take control of my life and become the person I really wanted to be” --Jared Cunningham from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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