Print this page.


The Iowa Cancer Plan promotes collaboration among organizations involved with cancer research, and encourages all Iowans to learn more about how they can contribute to progress made possible by cancer research.

Cancer control today differs from cancer control a decade ago. Much of this progress is due to research. Iowa is proud to have contributed important research findings to improve cancer control through prevention, screening, treatment, and quality-of-life services.

Cancer control research takes place at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. Research also occurs in hospitals and physician’s offices across the state, and within the community. Cancer research is supported by the government, not-for-profit organizations, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, and philanthropists.

Cancer research in Iowa not only includes research into the nature of cancer and the development of new cancer treatments, but also how to apply scientific knowledge to reduce the burden of cancer.

This plan encourages continued support for collaborative cancer research throughout cancer control.

Check out work being done in Iowa to support research:

  Active Ottumwa (2016), Ottumwa, IA
  Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Month, Statewide
  Clinton County Radon Outreach (2016), Clinton County, IA
  Identifying and Understanding How to Address the Gaps in Care Experienced by Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (2017), Iowa City
  Fun in the Sun! (2017), Johnson County
  Psycho-Social Care Conference: Integrating Treatment of the Whole Person (2012), Cedar Rapids
  Radon in Iowa (2012), Statewide
  Reduce Sunburns in Dallas County! (2016), Dallas County, IA 
  Relay for Life (2016), Des Moines Metro Area
  Smoke-Free Casinos/Economic Impact Research
  Telemedicine Dysphagia-Related Clinical Interventions in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  WEB-QOL (FY2014), Statewide

Image of 2012-2017 Iowa Cancer Plan. Click here to access the entire document.

Additional Over-Arching Issues

Policy and Systems

Iowa Cancer Plan Goals

Goal 1: Prevention
Goal 2: Screening
Goal 3: Treatment
Goal 4: Quality of Life
Read the Plan. 
Share Your Work.
See more projects.