Parker Adventist Hospital is a Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited cancer program. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality, patient-centered cancer care.
At the Parker Adventist Hospital Cancer Center, we blend a healing and spiritual environment with the latest in advanced treatment technology. Our academic caliber cancer center is differentiated by personalized, coordinated care and a unique environment experience.
Parker Adventist Hospital combines the most advanced treatments and technology with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary team approach for cancer treatment. Our expert cancer care team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, naturopathic medicine, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and specially trained nurses who are committed to providing the very best in oncology care. Our state-of-the-art center includes radiation oncology, CT simulation, and a linear accelerator with stereotactic body radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.
We have a range of therapies that include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy or some combination. Prior to determining which treatment is best for you, your oncologist will conduct a physical exam, review your medical history and study any imaging and lab reports.
Medical oncologists with Cypress Hematology and Oncology incorporates anti-cancer drugs in the treatment of advanced cancers and in lowering risk of recurrence for patients at high risk. Our physicians have a wide array of therapy options to choose from dependent on the patients diagnosis and plan of care.
Radiation treatment plans and technologies are customized by Parker Cancer Center to each patient's individual needs, incorporating a highly effective dose of radiation to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
Our radiation therapy treatments include:
- External Beam Radiation - The Cancer Center at Parker Adventist Hospital is equipped with the Varian TrueBeam image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery system. The TrueBeam is not only able to deliver all forms of advanced external-beam radiation therapy, but is also one of the of the fastest, most accurate and versatile treatment systems currently available.
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurger (SRS)
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation or implant therapy
- 6D Robotic Treatment Couch
- VisionRT Motion Management System
Key highlights of the system include:
- Delivering cancer treatments up to two time faster than older linear accelerators
- Increased precision treatment fields that measure in increments of less than a millimeter
- Improved accuracy by by monitoring data points every 10 milliseconds as treatment is administered ensuring that radiation is always focused and on target
In addition to TrueBeam, we have enhanced treatment capabilities utilizing Vision RT, Gate CT, and Gate RT guidance systems that allow for real-time, non-invasive patient motion management. These systems increase treatment safety and accuracy.
Your cancer treatment may use on or more of the following therapies or treatments
- Hormone therapy
- Medical oncology
- Radiation therapy
Conditions We Treat
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Adrenal Tumors
- Appendiceal Cancer
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Bladder Cancer
- Bone Cancer
- Brain Tumors (Metastatic)
- Brain Tumors (Primary)
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Digestive Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gallbladder & Bile Duct Cancers
- Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Head & Neck Cancers
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Metastases (Secondary Liver Cancer)
- Lung Cancer
- Male Breast Cancer
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Spine Tumors
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
- Testicular Cancer (Germ Cell Tumors)
- Thyroid Cancer
- Tracheal Diseases
- Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
What to Expect
For your first appointment we ask that you provide:
- Current contact information
- Your insurance cards
- A list of all current prescriptions as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements
- A list of questions or concerns that you may want to discuss with your physician - It may be helpful to bring someone to help you listen to the facts and keep the information in context.
- You appointment will last between 60-90 minutes.
- Once it is determined that you will be receiving radiation therapy the radiation oncology staff will take care of coordinating all aspects of your care.
We accept most commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. We want to help ensure that you will have the coverage you need, so you can concentrate on treatment and recovery. Our team will help obtain preauthorization (verbal approval from the insurance companies or Medicare/Medicaid) for simulations and radiation therapy treatments. We will work to communicate your financial responsibility to you in advance and will submit claims to your carrier on your behalf.
Please bring your insurance identification card(s) with you. A photocopy will be placed in your billing file. If you are covered by more than one insurance company, please let us know which company is the primary carrier. This will help to avoid any delays in receiving benefits. If there is any change in your health coverage, please contact the office to update your records. Our staff will make every effort to help you understand your benefits and communicate with your insurance carrier(s).
Scheduling an appointment with a caring, world-class radiation oncologist will help determine if radiation therapy is right for you. During your initial visit, a radiation professional will review your current medical problems, past medical history, surgical history, family history, medications, allergies and lifestyle to determine your candidacy and need for radiation. Along with a thorough examination, pre-treatment medical tests will also be performed and your radiation oncologist will discuss potential radiation benefits and risks and provide an opportunity to ask questions.
Simulation and Treatment Planning
To help your team direct radiation safely and exactly, a simulation is performed. During simulation, the patient is positioned in the manner that treatment will be administered, and a CT scan is taken of the area to be treated. Small marks are placed on the skin as part of the set-up process the day before treatment. For some patients, a 4-dimensional CT scan to measure respiratory motion of lung tumors may be used as well at MRI or PET scans. The simulation process typically takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
Your care planning team, consisting of your physician, a physicist and a dosimetrist, will review all resulting information along with other previous medical tests or images, ultimately arriving at a customized treatment plan that is the best possible approach to treating your cancer.
External Beam Radiation Therapy Treatments
External Beam Radiation Therapy consists of directing X-ray beams from a machine outside the body to a specified area inside. These treatments are painless and usually given on an outpatient basis, once per day Monday through Friday, but may be administered twice per day based on physician orders. Treatments take place over the course of one to eight weeks and take approximately 15 to 30 minutes each. Treatments are scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Weekly Status Checks
To ensure your treatments are progressing according to your treatment plan, oncology patients meet with one of our radiation oncologists once a week on an alternating basis. During this time, any side effects, concerns and questions will be addressed. Changes in your schedule or treatment plan may also be made.
Imaging During Treatment
To ensure that the treatment beams remain precisely aimed at the proper target, your treatment team will also use the treatment machine or separate imaging devices such as ultrasound during or before treatment to determine changes in tumor position. These images may be taken daily or weekly.
Get Plenty of Rest
To help with the common side effect of fatigue during radiation therapy, be sure to get plenty of rest.
Eat a Balanced, Nutritious Diet
Proper nutrition is very important and includes consuming in the correct amount of calories, vitamins and minerals during radiation treatment. For the best outcomes, dieting should be avoided along with certain antioxidants that might interfere with treatment.
Treat the Skin Exposed to Radiation with Extra Care
The skin area receiving radiation may become red and sensitive. Some helpful care instructions include:
- Cleanse the skin daily with warm water and a mild soap recommended by your nurse
- Follow skin care instructions given by your oncology nurse during the first week of treatment
- Avoid using lotions, perfumes, deodorants or powders in the treatment area unless your doctor or nurse approves them, avoid any products containing alcohol or perfume
- Treated skin is sensitive to fluctuations in hot and cold including heating and ice packs
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on treated areas and avoid sun exposure of the area altogether
Receiving good emotional support during treatment can help patients cope with the common psychological symptoms of cancer treatment including anxiety, depression, fear and hopelessness. Many patients find it very helpful to talk about their feelings with a close friend, family member, nurse, social worker, chaplain or psychologist. Parker Adventist Hospital also offers many support groups for patients undergoing cancer treatment. For more information please call Linda Mitchell 303-269-4975.
To ensure that each patient's recovery is in line with their customized treatment plan, follow-up appointments will be scheduled with your radiation oncologist after radiation therapy is completed. In addition to monitoring your status, additional diagnostic tests may be ordered and reports may be sent to other doctors for optimum outcomes.
Patient & Family Support Services
A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult challenges one faces. Individual counseling is provided free of charge to patients, family members and their caregivers in order to reduce the impact and burden of cancer. The focus is to minimize stressors such as worry and anxiety, depression, financial concerns, transportation, work and social issues and spiritual needs. Also available are support groups that are educational and supportive where individuals can discuss concerns with other patients.
For questions regarding services contact us.
The genetic counselor provides genetic counseling to patients and families interested in learning more about the genetic causes of cancer. Information is provided on the inheritance and implications of hereditary forms of cancer and a risk assessment is performed based on a patient’s personal and family history. The genetic counselor will discuss genetic testing and cancer screening options for patients and their family members as well as coordinate any genetic testing a patient decides to pursue. Results and their implications for follow-up and treatment options are also reviewed and information about community resources is provided.
Discuss a referral with your physician and to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Lymphedema is swelling that occurs in one part of the body, usually in an arm or leg; however, it can also be present in the trunk, abdomen, or head and neck. Lymphedema can occur as a result of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, or infection. At the Parker Adventist Center for Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, we understand how debilitating lymphedema can be to a person’s life. Our certified lymphatic therapists can help control and improve the symptoms of lymphedema through Complete Decongestive Therapy.
Discuss a referral with your physician or to schedule an appointment, contact us.
As part of your multidisciplinary care team, we develop individualized strategies for best practices in massage that consider your unique condition, needs and circumstances. We then utilize the most appropriate touch-therapy interventions to assist you in achieving a greater sense of well being; while providing benefits to ease symptoms of treatment allowing your body to rally its healing capabilities. We maintain a team of highly skilled and qualified Licensed Medical Massage Therapists committed to each patient’s recovery and welling being. Each of our therapists are licensed and board certified through the appropriate state registry and have been credentialed throughout your hospital system. They have met requirements for advanced specialized massage training, ensuring the design of effective and appropriate care plans for you.
To schedule a FREE massage, contact Cancer Center Scheduling.
The role of the nurse navigator is to ease the burden of cancer treatment for patients and their families. Upon diagnosis, the nurse navigator will reach out to the patient, explain the course of action and the services available.
In addition, the nurse navigator will coordinate with all members of the patient’s medical team to ensure communication is consistent between all of the care team providers.
Examples of service include:
- Listening to patients needs and concerns
- Explaining complicated treatment options and diagnostic test
- Providing education and support
- Coordinating appointments and referrals to effectively cope during these difficult times
We also provide information regarding financial resources, support groups, wigs, hats and any other local and national resources that you may need.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact our nurse navigators.
Our Registered Dietitian specializes in oncology nutrition and is available to assess the individul nutritional needs and create an individualized nutrition plan that can be easily managed into daily life. Nutrition recommendations are based on your type of cancer, medical history, personal preferences, treatment plan and the presence of side effects.
The strategy of nutrition counseling is to help the patient cope with common side effects of cancer such as:
- Involuntary weight loss
- Elimination problems
- Digestive difficulties
- Swallowing and throat pain
- Changes in appetite
- Tube feeding
- The need for nutritional supplements
For more information, please call 303-269-4806
At Parker Adventist Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, we understand how treatments for cancer can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Receiving comprehensive rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment can make a tremendous difference in recovery. You will meet with a specially trained therapist to learn exercises and stretches that will help your range of motion, strength, fatigue, and energy levels. Each home program will be tailored specifically to your personal needs.
To discuss a referral with your physician or to schedule an appointment,contact us.
Supportive and Palliative care offers coordinated care to address a patient’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs and help them cope with the pain, anxiety and other symptoms that come with health changes. This care may be provided along with any phase of medical treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation. Supportive and Palliative care also helps patients and families identify goals of care, providing guidance for difficult treatment choices and assist with advance care planning.
To discuss a referral with your physician or to schedule an appointment contact us.
The yoga teacher/yoga therapist will guide you through a weekly 60-minute yoga class focused on breath-mediated movement and appropriate, supportive adaptations of gentle yoga postures. These classes are specifically designed to increase mobility and flexibility, support pain management and lymphedema prevention while improving strength and overall fitness.
Classes will be offered weekly on Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Parker Adventist Hospital in the Conference Center. This class is free, no reservation is required, and a guest is welcome to participate as well.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 303-269-4975