IOWA ONCOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
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Cancer Research For Central Iowa

Established in 1978, the Iowa Oncology Research Association (IORA) offers central Iowans the opportunity to participate in over 100 national and international research studies.  Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, these studies cover all areas of cancer treatment and prevention.  Research involving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, cancer surgery and immunotherapy is available locally.

The National Cancer Institute sponsors several national research bases throughout the United States.  The Iowa Oncology Research Association participates in many of these research bases.  The North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG), affiliated with Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, is the primary IORA research base.

In addition to NCCTG, the IORA also participates in research studies through the following research bases:

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)

  • National Surgical Adjuvant Breast And Bowel Project (NSABP)

  • Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)

  • Children's Oncology Group (COG)

Research At A Community Level

The IORA offers local access to national cancer research studies.  With offices in Des Moines, Mason City, Ottumwa, Ames and Council Bluffs, the Association provides Iowans a link to many cancer treatments not yet available for general use.  Out of state travel to a comprehensive cancer center is no longer necessary for central Iowans.

Working Together To Achieve The Extraordinary

IORA physicians, research associates, nurses and participating hospitals work together to provide central Iowans state-of-the-art cancer care and cutting edge research.  For more information on cancer research, check with your physician or contact the Iowa Oncology Research Association.


Iowa Oncology Research Association
300 East Locust Street, Suite 350
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone:  515-244-7586
Toll Free:  1-888-244-6061
Fax:  515-244-3037


Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
Mercy Cancer Center
1000 4th Street SW
Mason City, IA 50401
641-428-6304
Fax:  641-428-6347


Ottumwa Regional Health Center
1001 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
641-684-7514
Fax:  641-684-2479


William R. Bliss Cancer Center/ Mary Greeley Medical Center
McFarland Clinic P.C.
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
515-239-2621
Fax:  515-239-4791