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June E. Nylen Cancer Center Marks 20 Year Anniversary

Mar 28, 2015 06:41PM ● By MED Magazine

The June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City is celebrating 20 years of being a regional leader in comprehensive cancer care.


The Siouxland Regional Cancer Center opened its doors March 27, 2005 as a not-for-profit 

 joint venture of UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s and Mercy Medical Center–Sioux City. A gift that same year from Mark and Mary Ellen Nylen resulted in a name change to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.


Along with the new name came new technology. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) was first offered in 2005. In 2007, a capital campaign and a major donation made possible the purchase of one of the most aggressive, cancer-fighting weapons in the region – Trilogy, a radiotherapy system used to provide multiple types of targeted radiation treatment from one machine.

The first Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) was performed at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in 2008 and the first stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) was performed five years later. Both procedures are designed to target cancer with minimal damage to healthy tissue. With both SRS and SBRT, radiation can be delivered in a single session or in a short series (typically up to five treatments).

Center officials say the last five years have also seen an increase in the use of oral oncology drugs with more supportive agents available. More targeted agents are available to help in the treatment of lung, breast, colon and renal carcinomas as well as for lymphoma and CLL.

Today, the Cancer Center offers a full array of cancer support services including nutritional care, emotional and spiritual care, a patient navigator, a wig boutique, support groups, education and a resource center, patient transportation services, acupuncture, massage, herbal therapies, and other forms of complementary therapies. 


A staff of 101 professionals provides care in the Sioux City area and through fourteen satellite locations in Iowa and Nebraska. The center partners with the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Community Oncology Program including Mayo Clinic to offer access to clinical trials. More than 3,300 Siouxland cancer patients have taken advantage of this opportunity to access new and emerging therapies.


Patients ring a Hope Bell in the Cancer Center lobby when they leave after completing their last treatment. An anniversary celebration was held for patients and families on March 26th.