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

Commission on Cancer Seal

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

Our team

Emily Spencer,

GI & Lung Cancer
Nurse Navigator

Office: (303) 839-6649
Fax: (303) 869-1643

E-mail Emily

Mary McCormick,

Neuroendocrine & Pediatric Sarcoma
Nurse Navigator

Office: (720) 754-6104
Fax: (303) 869-1643

E-mail Mary

Kristen Gipper,

Nurse Navigator

Office: (720) 376-7916
Fax: (303) 869-1643

E-mail Kristen

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

Surgical oncology

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
  • Acupuncture
  • 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 additional outlet to help them heal, process where they are in their cancer journey and restore their sense of hope. Led by certified 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 serotonin, helping alleviate feelings of depression. For more information on our healing arts program, please call us at (303) 839-6585 or email her at

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.

Types of cancer we treat

Kidney cancer

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
  • Fever
  • Swollen or inflamed ankles, legs and/or abdomen

Skin cancer

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:

  • Surgery
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Laser therapy
  • Moh's surgery
  • Simple excision
  • Freezing
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Reconstruction and plastic surgery

Gynecological cancer

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

Testicular 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 cancer

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

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
  • Paragangliomas
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors
  • Pheochromocytomas
  • Medullary thyroid cancer
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasias--Type 1, Type 2A, Type 2B

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at