UW Cancer Center Riverview is the leader in bringing innovative, complete cancer care and treatment to central Wisconsin. Our center is an affiliate of UW Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. We offer our patients world-class cancer care in a beautiful, comforting setting that’s close to home.
UW Cancer Center Riverview’s leading-edge cancer care includes oncology exams, diagnostic lab work and imaging scans, chemotherapy, TomoTherapy radiation therapy, surgery, clinical trial participation, and more.
In 2011, UW Cancer Center Riverview was one of just 106 cancer centers nationwide to be awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
Riverview Hospital - Cancer Center FAQ
Q: What does it mean to be an affiliate of UW Carbone Cancer Center?
Our UW affiliation means that in addition to being cared for by the expert staff onsite at our cancer center, our patients benefit from the expertise of the oncology specialists and subspecialists at the world-renowned UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison. Our oncologists routinely consult with their UW colleagues to ensure our patients receive the most effective cancer care available.
Q: What is TomoTherapy Radiation Therapy?
UW Cancer Center Riverview was the first cancer center in central Wisconsin to offer helical TomoTherapy, a sophisticated and effective image-guided and intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Invented by scientists and oncologists at UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, TomoTherapy uses CT scanning plus highly targeted beams delivered from all possible angles to attack tumors and cure cancers with unprecedented precision. Because each beam angle includes a relatively small amount of radiation, the body's healthy tissue is unharmed, helping to minimize any pain or side effects from the treatment.
Q: Who are the staff at UW Cancer Center Riverview?
Our staff includes Dr. Ron Kirschling, a medical oncologist/hematologist who is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, hematology, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Kirschling offers comprehensive management of cancer.
Also caring for our patients is Dr. Anna Olson, radiation oncologist. In addition to providing radiation oncology services at UW Cancer Center Riverview, Dr. Olson joins the team of physicians and scientists at the University of Wisconsin in Madison to bring new treatments to cancer patients.
Mary Merdan, RN, MSN, FNP-BC and Mary Schwanebeck, RN, ANP-BC are nurse practitioners who join our oncologists in caring for patients.
Our cancer center staff also includes: a patient navigator/social worker, a research nurse, a physicist, a dosimetrist, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, medical assistants, a chaplain, and administrative staff.
Q: What are clinical trials?
Cancer clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new treatment. The goal of these studies is to find better ways to diagnose, treat or prevent cancer so that people can live better and longer. Many clinical trials use medications that have already shown hope of working better than the standard treatment. Often, studies involve adding a new medicine to a current treatment, or testing a new treatment against a current treatment to see which works better. People who take part in a clinical trial may be the first to receive a new treatment. Clinical trial patients are closely monitored by doctors, research staff, and other professionals.
UW Cancer Center Riverview receives research support through our affiliation with the University of Wisconsin, allowing our center to offer research studies for a variety of cancer diagnoses. This allows our patients the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial without having to travel to receive care.
Q: How can I make an appointment?
You may ask your primary care physician for a referral to UW Cancer Center Riverview or you may call us directly at 715-421-7442.