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Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncologists at Mercy Surgical Affiliates provide state-of-the-art surgical care for patients with cancer. Our surgeons partner with medical and radiation oncologists to provide evaluation and therapy for patients with primary, advanced and recurrent cancer disease.

Meet Our Oncologic Surgeons

Jan Franko, MD Charles Goldman, MD

Jan Franko, M.D., PhD

Charles Goldman, M.D., FACS

Our surgical oncologists, who work with Mercy Cancer Center staff and departments, provide specialized care and focus in:


Pancreatic cancer

Liver cancer & liver metastases

• Cancers of esophagus, stomach and intestine

Colorectal cancer

• Sarcoma

• Endocrine tumors

Breast cancer through Mercy’s Katzmann Breast Center (515) 222-7830

• Rare and unusual tumors

Advanced Care

Our surgeons use the most advanced techniques and procedures to provide optimal care for our patients. Our surgical oncologists are the only surgeons in Iowa to provide some techniques, such as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC).

• Liver procedures:

- Resection

- Radio Frequency Ablation

- Intraoperative liver ultrasound provides unparalleled precision

- Laparoscopic and classical open operations

- Transarterial Arterial Chemotherapy with Embolization (TACE) for liver tumors

• Pancreatic resections

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

• Complex resection for sarcoma (limb, abdomen, chest wall)

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for certain abdominal cancers

CyberKnife therapy planning in conjunction with Mercy Cancer Center Radiation Oncology


Dedicated to Finding New Treatments and Therapies

Mercy Surgical Affiliates is an active partner with the Iowa Center for Translational and Clinical

Research (ICTCR), North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG, Mayo Clinic) and Iowa Oncology Research Association (IORA). Partnering with these organizations allows us to fulfill our mission to develop new treatments and therapies for cancer. Patients who are interested in clinical trials or research therapies are encouraged to participate confidentially if they meet the study criteria.

For more information about cancer prevention and treatment, visit the National Cancer Institute.

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