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ICS Welcomes Tami Sheldon, ARNP

Iowa Cancer Specialists is proud to announce the addition of Tami Sheldon, ARNP to our staff.

Tami is an undergraduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Exercise Science and Fitness.  She did undergraduate work at Chamberlain University of Cincinnati graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Tami also has a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and is a board certified nurse practitioner.

Tami always knew she wanted to be involved in medicine, but it wasn’t until after she received her degree in Exercise Science and Fitness that her interests directed toward nursing.  She has expertise in labor and OB/GYN, and she served on the Open Heart Team  at Trinity Medical Center.  Recently, she worked in pain management intervention, but says her passion has always been for women’s health.

Being more than just another health care worker is important to Tami.  She states she is excited about her new position at ICS as it will give her an opportunity to connect with patients while providing both educational and emotional support.  ICS plans to primarily utilize Tami’s training in OB/GYN health with our ovarian cancer patients, and as a liaison between ICS and the University of Iowa Gyn/Onc department.

Tami was raised in the Quad City area.  She enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and the Bears with her Navy Veteran husband, Josh.  She has two small children and a greater Swiss mountain dog named Gunner.

Be sure to stop in to Iowa Cancer Specialists to meet Tami.  She looks forward to serving  your health care needs.


Meet our phenomenal nurse practitioner, Katie Browne!

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Quad City native Katie Browne poses with a precious nurse-in-training, her daughter Evie. Between her son Tyler, her daughter Evie, their two cats and a dog, Katie has her hands full both in the office and at home!

We don’t know where we would be without our wonderful nurse practitioner Katie Browne! Katie came to us from Genesis, where she worked as a nurse for about 12 years. Her whole nursing career has been in oncology, and we are so grateful to have her with us at Iowa Cancer Specialists.

“I love this role!” said Katie. “I enjoy having the autonomy to help people and still have amazing role models for when I have questions.”

Katie spends her days seeing a variety of patients at Iowa Cancer Specialists. In between, she spends a lot of time studying and learning about new topics and techniques.

“I have the satisfaction of being able to partner with our patients,” said Katie. “I do whatever I can to make them feel as good as possible and figure out ways to give them their best experience.

Because Katie works with so many patients, she understands that each person’s journey is unique.

“Everybody’s story is different,” she said. “And part of what I’ve learned is that no matter what, maintaining connections helps make the diagnostic and treatment process more tolerable. It helps to stay positive and stay strong and stay connected.”

Katie is invaluable to us here at Iowa Cancer Specialists, and we thank her for all her hard work building relationships and maintaining connections with all our patients in order to provide them with the best care and experience possible!

Say what? An abbreviated guide to translating a diagnosis

“You. Quadruped. Sprechen sie English?”

Admit it: you secretly foster the suspicion that doctors don’t want to be understood. Between their unintelligible scribbles for signatures and their big, fancy words, it’s easy to see where you might think that. Doctors use the language they do in order to communicate accurately the results of your appointment, but accurate is not always easy to understand.

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For those times you resign yourself to nodding and pretending to understand (oh, come on—we’ve all done it) or when a doctor forgets to expand their accurate statement into an understandable one, here’s a brief list of terms or phrases translated from their native Doctor tongue to English.

Alopecia: hair loss

Anemia: low level of red blood cells

Antiemetic: intended to control nausea or vomiting

Apoptosis: cell death

Biopsy: removal of a small piece of body tissue for examination

Brachytherapy: internal radiation treatment where radioactive material is placed on the tumor or close to it

Carcinogen: cancer-causing substance

Carcinomas: solid tumors that develop on almost any organ; most common

Leukemias: blood cancers; generally don’t form solid tumors

Leukocytes: white blood cells (WBC); responsible for repairing damaged cells and eating foreign ones

Lymphatic system: body system responsible for cleansing the body; includes lymph nodes and spleen

Lymphomas: blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system

Metastasis: the spreading of cancer from the primary site to other organs or tissues

Myelomas: cancers that begin in bone marrow cells

Primary: where the cancer originally develops; in reference to a site or tumor

Progression: the growth of a tumor or spreading of cancer in the body

Prophylaxis: preventative measures

Regression: when cancer reappears

Remission: when cancer is no longer detected

Sarcomas: tumors beginning in connective tissue like muscles, fats, cartilage and bone

Systemic: relating to the whole body

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Even with some preliminary vocabulary under your belt, be sure to pay attention to the real experts: your doctors and their team. When something goes over your head, don’t be afraid to stop them and ask for clarification. It is your appointment, after all, and the information is for your benefit.