A diagnosis of cancer affects everything – your health, appearance, energy level, lifestyle and relationships. That is why the Goldschmidt Cancer Center at Capital Region uses a comprehensive team approach to treatment. With access to clinical trials and expertly trained nurses in oncology, the Goldschmidt Cancer Center can provide everything for patients and their caregivers from diagnosis to treatment to recovery and rehabilitation. We are the only facility of this caliber in the Capital Region.

Our physicians and nurses are passionate about ensuring every patient is given the very best care while having access to the latest treatments. The staff consults frequently with physicians from Sitemann Cancer Center in St. Louis among others. You can come to the Goldschmidt Cancer Center with confidence knowing you have the best care available, right here at home.

The Goldschmidt Cancer Center Team includes:

Medical Oncologists – specialists in cancer care

Raonak Ekram, M.D.

Dr. Raonak Ekram graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Kansas State University and received a medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dr. Ekram served as a Hospitalist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and practiced Hematology/Oncology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Subspecialty Board of Medical Oncology. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Kansas Medical Society.

Dr. Ekram and her husband, fellow physician Eston Schwartz, M.D., live in Mid-Missouri and are active in their local community. They have been blessed with two children and are thrilled to be back in central Missouri to share their expertise and raise their family.


Eston Schwartz, M.D.

Dr. Eston J. Schwartz graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Life Science. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1997. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. This was followed by fellowship training in Medical Oncology at Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Schwartz began a practice in Hematology/Oncology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City. In addition to having the privilege of taking care of oncology patients, Dr. Schwartz organized and initiated a hospice program and served as the director of the program.

Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Association and the Kansas Medical Society. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Members of the Sam B. Cook Healthplex will often see Dr. Schwartz hitting the weights as he has a passion for staying healthy and setting a good example for patients. He and his wife Dr. Ekram enjoy raising their family and spending time together in Mid-Missouri.


Scott Anderson, D.O.

Scott Anderson, D.O., comes to the Goldschmidt Cancer Center from Cape Medical Oncology in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He received his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital, both located in Kirksville, MO.  Dr. Anderson completed his fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.


Allen, James
James R. (Jay) Allen, M.D.
Radiation Oncology

Dr. Allen is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. He received his medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Allen's internship and residency in Radiation Oncology was completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He moved back to Missouri in 2000 and began his career with the Mid-Missouri Medical Foundation, which is now the Goldschmidt Cancer Center.  He is a partner with Murrell, Westgate and Bryer, Inc., and is also a clinical assistant professor of Radiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dr. Nolyn Nyatanga
Nolyn Nyatanga, D.O.

Nolyn Nyatanga, D.O. received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinical Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology was completed at Hofstra-North Shore – LIJ School of Medicine, Monter Cancer Center, located in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Dr. Nyatanga is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and she is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association.   

Theresa Beem
Theresa Beem, RN, BSN,
Clinical Trial Specialist

Theresa Beem, RN, BSN is the Clinical Trials Nurse at Goldschmidt Cancer Center. Her responsibilities include: screening all new patients to assess eligibility for clinical trials; educating the patients and families on aspects of participation including benefits and potential risks; and assisting the patient and family with coordinating visits, tests and treatments. Theresa works closely with physicians and exam room nurses to assess and monitor for toxicities due to treatment, implement any dose modifications and perform administrative duties related to the clinical trial. She attends Tumor Conference and Breast Case Review.

Theresa completed her RN at St. Joseph School of Nursing and her BSN at Briar Cliff University, both in Sioux City, Iowa. Theresa has 20 years Oncology experience and 10 years Hospice experience. She has worked in both Management and staff nurse roles in her Nursing Career. Theresa is active in Relay for life and the Boost BBQ fund raising events for Cancer patients.




Radiation Oncologists

  • James Allen, M.D.
  • Joseph Bean, M.D.
  • Gregory Biederman, M.D.
  • Mark Bryer, M.D.
  • William Decker, M.D.
  • Jerry Murrell, M.D. (Retired)
  • Steven Westgate, M.D.


Specialists Available

  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Urologists
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Home health specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Radiation therapists
  • Hospice care givers


Infusion Room
The team counsels each patient about treatments, outcomes and physical and psychological changes. They also work closely with family members to provide emotional support and education to help reduce cancer risk factors through early detection and self-examinations.


What should I know about radiation therapy treatments?

  • Will my treatments be given by qualified physicians and staff?
  • Does the facility have the equipment I need to receive safe and up-to-date cancer treatment?
  • Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)?

Why should I have my treatments at an accredited facility?
A diagnosis of cancer is usually a life-changing experience for patients and their loved ones. As they seek treatment for their disease, cancer patients need to know that they are receiving safe and appropriate care. To achieve ACR-ASTRO Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It is important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR-ASTRO accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.

What does ACR-ASTRO accreditation mean?

  • Our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
  • Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to administer your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

What does the accreditation seal mean?
When you see the ACR-ASTRO seal, you can rest assured that your treatment will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists as well as The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.

Cancer Support Website - The Wellness Community
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the cancer programs at the Goldschmidt Cancer Center, call (573) 632-4800.

The Goldschmidt Cancer Center
Capital Region Southwest Campus
1432 Southwest Boulevard
Jefferson City, Missouri

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot destroy Peace
It cannot kill Friendship
It cannot suppress Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot steal eternal Life
It cannot conquer the Spirit
-Author Unknown