Patient Testimonials

No words can express how you touched Tom and me with your warm loving hands and hearts. While facing this juncture in our lives it was always comforting to see all of your smiling faces. You helped our days be a little lighter.

—Thomas & Roxanna Moritz

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts in the great care that all provided to our Dad. All through his time with all of you meant the world to him. Thanks you for your exceptional care. If it wasn’t for you people we would’ve lost Dad 2 1/2 years ago.

—The Rindler Boys & Family

I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you and your team. My first appointment, I was scared to death and then I met your team of nurses. I immediately felt that all of you really cared for me and from then on felt comfortable in your care.

—Marna Hanson Bugos

When you find out you have cancer it takes time for it to sink in and your whole life is relying on others and your decisions. So you listen to friends, doctors and anyone with an opinion on cancer. Luckily I have smart friends and family which pointed me to Iowa Cancer Specialists. From day one their team of doctors and nurses, receptionist and insurance personnel were great.

From the first office visit with Dr. Mercer laying out What, Where and How they were going to take care of the cancer and the time frame and results expected set my mind at ease which is very much needed when you are consumed with how it will change your life. The nurse gave me literature Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and other cancers along with what to expect from the chemo. Of course I didn’t think the loosing your hair or taste buds pertained to me. I WAS WRONG.

Everyone in that office were great and always had time to answer my questions and any questions my family had. Talking to Dr. Mercer is like talking to a family member and friend. A few times I saw Dr. Susannah Friemel when I was in the hospital and she was excellent at figuring out where the infection was.

From the receptionist Tina and Sue who always kept up with appointments and your questions when calling to get questions answered to all the caring nurses in the office and chemo room (Julie, Sue, Dana, Molly, Stephanie, etc.) who would always go out of their way to answer any concerns you would have. Talking to other cancer patients from different doctors on Facebook around the world and finding out some of the tricks they use to keep from having mouth sores and loosing your taste buds aren’t used everywhere. When you explain to them they always say “why didn’t my doctor or nurses tell me that?”. Even Barb who took care of billing and insurance was always there to help ease the pain.

Most Doctor offices are all about the Doctors, but Iowa Cancer Specialists is a TEAM effort and I highly recommend them for that reason and I am very glad I chose them. 

—Rory Timmerman

Dear Nurses,

Words cannot express how grateful I am for all of your comforting words during my cancer journey. All of you always knew what to say to give me hope and keep me fighting this disease. 

I was so frightened of chemo and you comforted me when I called and had questions before I startetd chemo. Everyone was always so kind and patient with me. During chemo you all became part of my family and the hospital was my home away from home. Even though I never looked forward to chemo, I always looked forward to seeing you!

I always prayed God would help me be a blessing to other people when I came in for treatments, but it always seemed like I was the one who was being blessed! I admire how smart all of you are and how hard you work each day. All of you have such a positive, healing energy that helps all of us patients cope with the stress of having to go through chemo. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to face any of the challenges of cancer treatments if I didn’t have all of you supporting me. 

You were always there, ready to comfort me no matter how busy you were. Thank you for taking good care of me and for all the times you gave me wonderful advice on how to manage chemo and for all the emotional support as well. The best part of keeping my port is that I get to see you every four weeks! Each and every one of you have made me a better person. I will always carry you in my heart.

—Lori Lonergan