Monthly Archives: January 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Hohl

Earlier this month, Dr. Raymond Hohl, the Holden Family Chair and Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, announced that, starting March 1, 2014, he will be moving to Penn State to become the Director of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.   Ray has been at the University of Iowa since 1991, and has served multiple roles in the Cancer Center, Department of Internal Medicine, and many other units on campus.  The breadth of his clinical and research knowledge and interests made Ray a valued leader and collaborator in many of the activities at Holden.  As a physician, his dedication to his patients was unquestionable. Continue reading

Lump or spread?

Sometimes, progress brings uncertainty.  The past few years have seen a steady increase in the number of drugs and other approaches to cancer treatment such as immunotherapy that can be used to treat cancer.  Most of these new approaches do not cure cancer when given as a single therapy.  Nevertheless, many of them are very effective at inducing a temporary shrinking of the cancer.   For many cancers, we have a number of such treatments available.  From a physician’s point of  view, these new treatments create more options for patients. But they raise  a question that cancer doctors have struggled with for decades.  Do we … Continue reading