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The Iowa Cancer Summit

The 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa (Map), on September 24-25. The Iowa Cancer Summit brings together professionals and advocates of all varieties to discuss and learn more about how we can work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa. 

View the full agenda here. (*Note: Agenda is subject to change.)


Non-Member* $100.00
Consortium Member $80.00
Student $60.00

*Remember, if you are not yet a Consortium member, annual individual memberships are $20. Click here to become a member. Once you become a member, you can come back and register for the Summit for the overall same price as Non-Member registration. We also provide membership scholarships. Email Kelly Rollins at to ask for one! 

Last day to register at the normal rates is Sunday, September 16, 2018. Late registration will result in a $20 late fee. Registration officially closes on Friday, September 21, 2018



*Note: We have applied for Nursing CEUs and CHES credits. Be on the look out for the 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit brochure for more detailed information on CEUs and credits. 



September 24 Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

Headshot of retired Iowa Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Harkin, a proponent of cancer care and research, has been recognized by organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the Association oAmerican Cancer Institutes (AACI).

As a young senator, Tom Harkin was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. He knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. What emerged from that process would later become his signature legislative achievement - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

September 25 Keynote Speaker: Shonta Chambers 


Shonta Chambers is a seasoned public health professional whose career spans more than 15 years’ experience in chronic disease prevention, health promotion and women’s health.  Currently, she serves as Executive Vice President-Health Equity and Community Engagement for Patient Advocate Foundation. 

Shonta has served on a variety of boards, workgroups, councils, committees and taskforces, including, the American Heart/American Stroke Association, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, CDC Advisory Council for Breast Cancer and Young Women, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the CDC Expert Working Group “Role of Public Health in Screening Programs in an Era of Healthcare Reform”, DHHS Office of Minority Health Region III Health Equity Council and the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Roundtable.



Rooms have been reserved for September 23rd and 24th at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites 2402 SE Tones Drive, Ankeny IA 50021 (Map). Please call 515-965-2400 and request to book under the Iowa Cancer Summit. The room rate is $104.00. Deadline to reserve at this rate is September 1, 2018.

Consider Becoming a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor 

You can help make the Iowa Cancer Summit what it is by becoming a sponsor. You help us bring top-notch speakers, great networking and premium learning opportunities to Iowans working to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. 

Contact Kelly Rollins at with any questions or to place your support. You can also submit your request for sponsorship/exhibitorship by using a form, located here

Thank you to the following 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors!                                                                                        

Image of the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center logo. Click here to go to their website.  Image of the Iowa Department of Public Health logo. Click here to go to their website.         BMS-Square-(2).jpg

Image of UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center logo. Click here to go to their website.   Image of the American Cancer Society logo. Click here to go to their website.  Image of Above and Beyond Cancer's logo. Click here to go to their website.


Red Shamrock
Heron Therapeutics 

Past Summits

Conference agendas and select slide decks are available for previous Iowa Cancer Summits: