Advanced cancer care in Denver
We offer integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge treatments and therapies for those facing cancer in Denver. To help facilitate this care from diagnosis through survivorship, an oncology nurse navigator will be there alongside you and your loved one to provide guidance, education and support.
Our outcomes reflect our dedication and expertise. We are continually collecting data and monitoring quality indicators to improve patient care and we are proud to share outcomes on key cancer measures.
Accredited cancer program
The Commission on Cancer accreditation represents our commitment to provide the highest quality cancer care. Our accredited cancer program ensures a patient will receive comprehensive care, a multispecialty team approach, access to information, education and support, a cancer registry, ongoing monitoring and improvement of care and quality care close to home.
Cancer nurse navigators
Nurse navigators specialize in cancer care and serve as advocates and educators for you from diagnosis through survivorship. Our nurse navigators facilitate communication between your entire care team, help you coordinate appointments and transportation and address any other barriers you may face to support you throughout your cancer journey. Our mission is to provide you with seamless care throughout your services and cancer care.
Nurse navigators advocate for patients by:
- Providing education on your treatment options and clinical trial availability for your cancer type
- Emotionally supporting your decisions about your care
- Creating a personalized experience during your appointments, evaluating your medical needs and communicating that information to your doctor
- Advocating for your needs and connecting you to the right resources, including rehabilitation services and complementary therapies
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GI & Lung Cancer
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading-edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S., and our partnership provides patients with personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225; to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.
As a part of the patient-centered care provided at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s, we have partnered with Colorado Gastroenterology, U.S. Oncology partner Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and SurgOne to provide the most extensive oncology services to all GI patients.
The Neuroendocrine Institute
The Neuroendocrine Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center has a highly specialized multi-disciplinary team of experts who have the experience, knowledge and leading-edge technology to make the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Founded by Dr. Eric Liu, one of the nation's leading authorities on neuroendocrine tumors, Dr. Allen Cohn, respected medical oncologist, and Dr. Charles Nutting, sought-after interventional radiology expert, the Center's core team includes a specialized nurse practitioner and an experienced nurse navigator.
Dr. Eric Liu Removes Neuroendocrine Tumors in Patient's Liver
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Neuroendocrine Cancer Featuring Dr. Eric Liu
Our team works closely with each patient to construct a comprehensive treatment plan. Your plan can include:
- Hormone therapy
- Interventional radiology
- Clinical trials
Cancer treatment and programs
Radiology plays a crucial role when diagnosing cancer and treating the disease. For cancer, you may receive services such as:
- Detailed cancer staging and restaging
- tumor volume measurement
- PET scanning
- Image fusion techniques
- Tumor embolization
- Intra-arterial chemotherapy
- Digital mammography
Our oncology team is committed to providing the simplest process to the best cancer care treatments. Our multidisciplinary team provides expert knowledge across multiple disciplines to offer advanced cancer care. Our oncology team is board-certified and fellowship-trained, so they can offer you complete cancer treatment.
If you would like more information about the surgical oncology program, please call us at (720) 475-8733.
Outpatient cancer rehabilitation program
The Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation Program provides a treatment regimen for our cancer patients. Our rehabilitation program is personalized to help the patient regain, maintain and enhance their lifestyles throughout their cancer therapy treatments.
To enroll in the outpatient cancer rehabilitation program, please call us at (303) 839-6745.
Our cancer rehabilitation program services include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Cognitive assessment
- Prescriptive exercise
- Stress management
- Lymphedema therapy
- Speech and swallowing intervention
- Mental health support
Cancer exercise program
The Cancer Exercise Program is a unique opportunity for cancer patients to participate in a personalized exercise program to reduce, relieve or altogether eliminate cancer treatment-related symptoms. This program helps patients reduce fatigue and boost their immune system during and after cancer treatment.
Patients receive a physical therapy evaluation and treatment sessions tailored to their physical and emotional needs. This program helps patients transition to an independent wellness program.
Healing arts therapy
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is proud to offer creative arts therapy for our patients as an addiitonal outlet to help them heal, process where they are in their cancer journey and restore their sense of hope. Led by certifed art therapist, Cynthia Lockhart, our program allows patients and their families to participate in specific expressive art activities, such as creative writing and journaling, drawing and painting and music therapy to help them cope with the emotional stress of illness and treatments.
Research shows engaging in creative activities during times of emotional stress or illness helps raise alpha wave patterns, which emulates the relaxed, but aware state found in meditation. It also boosts seratonin, helping alleviate feelings of depression. For more information on our healing arts program, please call us at (303) 839-6585 or email her at Cynthia.lockhart@healthONEcare.com.
GI Malignancy Program
The GI Malignancy Program features a multidisciplinary team of experts who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of GI cancers. These specialists participate in multiple clinical trials for every stage of cancer treatment, so patients can take advantage of the different types of trials offered through this program.
Cancer prevention and education
We believe that educating our patients and their families are essential to preventing and detecting cancer early. We offer the best resources to the metro Denver community because we recognize the importance of screening tools, early symptom information, preventing potential cancers and the risk factors.
Our experts offer valuable information about cancer and prevention in our "Take a Minute to Talk about It" series featuring CSU football coach and cancer survivor Ricky Santo.
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Bone Cancer Featuring Dr. Cynthia Kelly
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Cervical Cancer Featuring Dr. Glenn Bigsby
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Featuring Dr. Bahri Bilir
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Liver Disease Featuring Dr. Clark Kulig & Dr. Ben Vernon
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Lung Cancer Featuring Dr. Richard Parker
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Neuroendocrine Cancer Featuring Dr. Eric Liu
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Neurological Cancer Featuring Dr. Rod Lamond
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Kaitlin Hornbostel Details Nutrition & Prevention
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Skin Cancer Featuring Dr. Margaret "Migs" Muldrow
Take a Minute to Talk About It: Dustin Shaver, PhD, Details Stress & Prevention
Types of cancer we treat
Bone cancer, or malignant bone tumors, is masses or growths that tend to increase rapidly in size and often have the ability to spread to other parts of the body.
Most bone cancers begin with a concern about a lesion--a region in an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess or tumor.
A physician meets with the patient to determine whether a biopsy of the lesion is necessary. If it is needed, a patient may have his or her biopsy administered at our facility or they could be sent to an interventional radiologist.
Most bone biopsies are minimally invasive and completed using a needle. On rare occasion, an open biopsy (surgery) is needed to diagnose. Results are given typically within 48 hours.
We treat all types of bone and soft tissue tumors, both benign and malignant. After we confirm the diagnosis pathologically, our doctors discuss individual options for the patient, including prognosis, treatment and future plans.
Chondrosarcoma is a cancerous tumor composed of cartilage. They are seen most frequently in patients 50 years old or older, although they can be found in any age group.
Symptoms typically include pain, lump or fracture due to thinning of the bone. Chondrosarcomas most often are seen within the bone and commonly affect the spine or pelvis, but they can occur in an arm or leg. Once the diagnosis is made, chest X-rays are taken to determine the stage of the tumor and a bone scan may be done because this cancer is most likely to spread to the lungs.
Treatment consists of surgical removal of the tumor. Radiation and chemotherapy have not shown to be effective against this type of tumor.
Bone cancer treatment
We treat bone and soft tissue sarcomas and metastatic lesions. The bone cancer care team employs modern techniques and focuses on its unique approach to osteosarcoma treatment with a protocol they have developed. Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is a leader in survival rates in adult and pediatric osteosarcoma.
Intra-arterial chemotherapy can be administered before an operation. This method places chemotherapy agents directly into the tumor and has resulted in a 92 percent survival rate in children within 10 years of their original diagnosis and 89 percent rate in adults.
If you have been diagnosed with bone cancer, you will likely be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or targeted therapy.
According to the American Cancer Society, kidney cancer is one of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. Overall, the lifetime risk for developing kidney cancer is about 2 percent, with men at a higher risk than women. The average age of a person diagnosed with kidney cancer is 64, and it is very uncommon in those younger than 45 years old.
There are four main types of kidney cancer:
- Renal cell carcinoma (RCC)—makes up about 90 percent of kidney cancers and grows as a single tumor
- Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC)—accounts for five to 10 percent of kidney cancers diagnosed. This type of kidney cancer can be confused with bladder cancer or have similar symptoms as RCC.
- Renal sarcoma—a rare form of kidney cancer that makes up less than one percent of all diagnosed kidney cancers and is found in the blood vessels of the kidney
- Wilms tumor—the most common kidney cancer found in children and usually only affects one kidney
Symptoms of kidney cancer
There are signs and symptoms associated with kidney cancer. Contact your physician if you notice:
- Blood in your urine
- Lower back pain
- Shortness of breath or a cough
- A lump in the abdomen
- Unplanned, significant weight loss
- Swollen or inflamed ankles, legs and/or abdomen
Our skin specialists have extensive experience treating and diagnosing common and rare forms of skin cancer. Specialists from dermatology, oncology, general surgery and specialty areas collaborate to offer you the latest treatment for skin cancer.
Treatment for skin cancers and disorders include:
- Curettage and electrodesiccation
- Laser therapy
- Moh's surgery
- Simple excision
- Radiation therapy
- Reconstruction and plastic surgery
Our gynecologists provide exams to diagnose and treat gynecological cancer. This cancer affects women’s reproductive organs and is considered “silent killers” because women are unaware of the signs and symptoms.
Regular screenings, self-examinations and visits to your gynecologist will help you detect whether or not you may have gynecological cancer. Knowing your family and genetic history, as well as maintaining healthy lifestyle choices like diet and exercise can help you prevent this cancer.
Types of gynecological cancers we treat
- Cervical Cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
Our urologists provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to diagnosis and treating testicular cancer. To treat this cancer type, radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are typically recommended to ensure the cancer is properly treated. Your doctor will recommend the right treatment for you, depending on the type of testicular cancer you have.
Gastrointestinal cancers, also called GI cancers, affect the organs in your body that are a part of the digestive system. Causes for this type of cancer is typically unknown. However, your lifestyle choices such as smoking, diet, obesity risk and excessive alcohol consumption are risks.
If you notice any abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, blood in your poop, bloating or nausea, vomiting or unintentional weight loss, contact your physician.
Types of GI cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cancers of the small and large intestine
- Hepatobiliary cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Anal cancer
It is important to remember that even though many types of cancers are considered gastrointestinal, the screening and diagnosis process can vary greatly.
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) describe a set of unusual cancers that develop when neuroendocrine cells (which exist throughout the body) grow abnormally. While most cancers grow rapidly, neuroendocrine cancers tend to grow very slowly. Additionally, since neuroendocrine tumors develop from hormone-producing cells, the tumor itself may produce extra hormones, which causes illnesses that may make the diagnosis confusing.
The team of specialists at The Neuroendocrine Institute are among the nation's experts on this type of disease. We treat the most complex cases, including:
- Adrenocortical carcinoma
- Carcinoid tumors
- Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
- Medullary thyroid cancer
- Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias--Type 1, Type 2A, Type 2B