Under normal circumstances, a cancer diagnosis can be life altering. But with cases of COVID-19 straining medical systems across the state and with new expectations for social distancing in place, the way in which cancer treatment is received and supported is creating new challenges for some Iowans.
On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with several Iowans disagnosed with cancer, medical director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines Dr. Richard Deming and a representative from the American Cancer Society to find out what it looks like to live with, and fight cancer during a global health crisis.
If you or a loved one is seeking cancer-related resources, support or education, the American Cancer Society helpline is available to help: 800-227-2345
Dr. Richard Deming, radiation oncology specialist and Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, founder of Above and Beyond Cancer
Kristi Myers, currently receiving treatment for a reoccurrence of cancer
Krista Walsh, Director of Community Development in Iowa, American Cancer Society
Jonathon Thull, Iowan living with multiple myeloma
Nancy Hagen, caregiver for husband Jonathon