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Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

John Pappajohn Pavilion
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

(319) 356-4200

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The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in Iowa City, Iowa is affiliated with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Research scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals are recognized for the advanced cancer research they participate in as well as standards of excellence in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer for both adults and children throughout the Midwest. HCCC is the only academic medical center in Iowa and is a regional referral center. Various research laboratories are integrated throughout the University of Iowa campus. All cancer-related research, education, and patient care are coordinated within the complex.

Cancer treatment is individualized to address each patient’s condition. Experts take a multi-disciplinary approach to treating cancer with a combination of traditional cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Immunotherapy and hormone therapy are also used to stop the growth of cancer cells. The facility provides a variety of support services for patients and their families to help cope with their illness.


The University of Iowa Cancer Center was established in 1980 with Richard L. DeGowin, M.D. appointed as the first director. In 1981, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) presented the center with a three-year support grant. Within the next few years, the cancer information service center was opened along with the development of an expanded laboratory research initiative and the construction of new clinical care facilities. Des Moines’ Pappajohn family donated a generous $25 million to the cancer center. This initiated a major renovation for the center where various additions were incorporated, and in 1993, the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center was opened for service. Following these donations and grants, the facility eventually offered a comprehensive level of care and the name of the center officially changed to “The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center”.

The National Cancer Institute reviewed the cancer center and confirmed it as an “NCI-Designated Cancer Center” in 2002. The center is only one of 39 National Cancer Institute cancer centers in the nation. The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center was awarded a three-year accreditation in 2011 from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for their superior performance in cancer care.

Mesothelioma Treatment at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

The lung cancer clinic at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center provides expert care in lung cancer and other lung diseases; including mesothelioma. Specialists in surgical, medical, radiation oncologists, nurses, and other support staff work together as a multidisciplinary team. They design a treatment plan best suited for each individual patient with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Screening and early detection are crucial for patients diagnosed with forms of lung disease. Specialists use chest x-rays, CT scans, fiberoptic examination, and biopsies in order to identify and determine an accurate diagnosis. Radiation therapies including external beam, Brachytherapy, radiosurgery, 4-D gated treatment, and mammosites are available for treatment.

The thoracic department at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center offer many unique services in thoracic surgery. Highly qualified thoracic surgeons at the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center are specialized to perform standard and minimally invasive procedures; including the use of robotics for surgical purposes. These procedures optimize results and assure faster recuperation for cancer patients.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics- The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics- Lung Cancer Clinic.

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