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Kathy and Scott Franz look at vacation photos after their recent anniversary trip to the Dominican Republic.

Care close to home A unique collaboration between UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids and the Mayo Clinic.

Last spring the hospital announced it was the first health care organization in Iowa to be selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This means UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids patients have direct access to the Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise when their providers feel additional resources will be helpful to patients. It’s a relationship that’s only available to UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids patients like Scott Franz. The 54-yearold Cedar Rapids man is fighting pancreatic cancer. 2


“My eyes and skin were turning yellow and I wasn’t feeling very good,” recalled Scott. “Initially I went to an urgent care clinic where they ran tests and discovered my bilirubin was high. They scheduled me for more tests the following day at the hospital.” An ultrasound detected a suspicious area in Scott’s abdomen. Doctors discovered a tumor in his bile duct. He had surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

“His chemotherapy ended in June,” said Kathy, Scott’s wife. “He had a ET and CT scan and it was clear. There was no cancer detected. We were so relieved. But then Scott went for his first blood work post-cancer in September and we were told his tumor marker was higher than normal. It was devastating news.”

Cancer relapse Scott had a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, and a computerized tomography (CT)

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Health Beat Winter 2015  

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Health Beat Winter 2015  

Published by UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids

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