Cancer Resource Center

When facing a cancer diagnosis, you and your loved ones need a comprehensive resource to provide answers to questions, as well as compassionate support. Where can you find all this and more? The Cancer Resource Center at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center.

The Cancer Resource Center is staffed by an oncology registered nurse. Patients and families regularly turn to the many services of the Cancer Resource Center, including:

  • A full library of books and media on virtually every aspect of cancer and treatments.
  • A full-service boutique offering free or low-cost wigs, hats, bras, swimwear, breast prosthetics, and other specialty supplies for cancer patients.
  • Genetic risk education to assess inherited risk for certain cancers such as breast, ovarian, endometrial, colorectal and melanoma.
  • Lymphedema sleeve fittings for patients suffering from this swelling.
  • Ancillary support, such as appointments with dietitians or social workers to discuss special needs.
  • Cancer support groups for patients and families.
  • Monthly community-based cancer education seminars.

Cancer Resource Center Location and Hours

Funded by private donations to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, the Cancer Resource Center is available to the public, free of charge. It is located on the second floor of the William R. Bliss Cancer Center in the North Addition of Mary Greeley Medical Center.

The center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call the Cancer Resource Center at 515-956-6440 or toll-free at 866-972-5477.

The Cancer Registry at Mary Greeley Medical Center

The Cancer Registry at Mary Greeley Medical Center collects data on patients who are diagnosed or treated at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center. These valuable resources help doctors and other health care professionals learn about incidence, trends, treatments, and survival. All information is confidential and reported to two organizations:

Learn More About Cancer

You may have many more questions about cancer, and there are additional resources that can help with education.

Our online health library includes topics such as types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and many more, as well as treatment options and tips for living with cancer.

Additional websites may be helpful, too. Remember: The links are shared for educational purposes only. It is not intended as an endorsement by Mary Greeley Medical Center, or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Interactive Patient Education Videos

Request an Appointment

The Cancer Resource Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 515-956-6440 or toll-free at 866-972-5477.

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Additional Resources

First Nurse

  • First Nurse: Talk to one of our nurses 24 hours a day for free health care advice, resources and referrals! Call 515-239-6877 or 800-524-6877.
  • Health Library: Search our online library containing information on health conditions, medications, medical tests, and more.