Our medical oncology practice collaborates closely with your surgeon, radiation oncolgists and other members of your medical team to customize a comprehensive treatment plan that works for you. In addition, our infusion center is staffed by registered nurses specially trained in infusion services and certified in chemotherapy administration.
Surgical Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology & Breast Reconstruction
Our Fellowship trained surgeons provide expert surgical care here at Littleton Adventist Hospital as part of our multidisciplinary cancer care team.
Orthopedic Surgical Oncology
For patients with rare bone tumors in their arms or legs, there are few doctors in the entire country who can effectively remove the cancer while saving the limb. Littleton Adventist Hospital is proud to partner with a leading orthopedic oncologist as our program’s medical director to offer this innovative, life-saving treatment for our patients. Treatment options include:
- Limb-Salvage Surgery
With many types of mastectomies to choose from, our breast surgery experts will consult with you based on your individual needs and desires, including some options that may lend themselves to better cosmetic outcomes afterwards. Your breasts can be reconstructed in a number of different ways, such as with breast implants, by collecting tissue from another part of your body to transplant at the site of reconstruction, or a combination of both. If you’re thinking about having breast reconstruction, let your doctor know ahead of time. That way your surgical team can discuss with you the best treatment options.
Direct to Implant Reconstruction:
If you and your surgeon determine immediate breast reconstruction, or direct to implant, is the right option for you, your implant will be performed at the same time as your mastectomy. Your surgeon can help you learn more about the advantages and what you can expect in the recovery process.
Our direct to implant surgical team utilizes the latest infection control procedures, reducing infection rates from 6.4 percent using the standard procedure, to 1.9 percent here at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Not only are we reducing infection rates, our approach also significantly reduces the amount of narcotics used for surgery, thus reducing opiate dependence and opiate-related complications.Expander-Free Breast Reconstruction
Learn more about this “expander-free” reconstructive process that allows women to get back to health faster with fewer surgeries and shorter recovery time.
Littleton Adventist Hospital radiation oncology department is a leader in cancer treatment and radiation therapy technology in the south Denver area. The radiation oncology department is located on the Littleton Adventist Hospital campus on the ground floor of 7750 S Broadway, Littleton, CO 80122.A Passion for Treating Cancer
Dr. Darlene Bugoci, a board-certified radiation oncologist, works closely with the Littleton Adventist Hospital team to help you in your fight against cancer.
No matter the stage or type of cancer you are facing, know we are utilizing state-of-the-art technology and specialized training to ensure you receive the most effective treatment possible.
Our State-Of-The-Art Radiation Therapy Center Offers:
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) that offers fast, precise, non-invasive treatment for cancer sites located throughout the body including difficult to operate regions such as the lungs, brain, spinal cord and abdomen
- Arc-based Treatment Delivery that delivers radiation treatments in a fraction of the time of standard radiation oncology equipment
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) that monitors the movement of tumors and other organs to ensure that treatment is both safe and accurate
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) that not only shapes to a tumor’s size and shape but reduces exposure to healthy tissue by creating multiple small beams of radiation that converge at tumor’s focal point
- Respiratory Gating Treatment Delivery, Optical Guidance Patient Positioning Tracking and Continuous Motion Management that tracks patient and tumor movement in real-time to allow for more precise and accurate treatment delivery
- 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D CRT) that utilizes computers and advanced imaging to deliver external-beam radiation therapy that conforms to a tumor’s specific shape and size
- High Dose Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy that delivers direct doses of radiation to a tumor with minimal impact to surrounding tissue
Advanced Radiation Therapy Technologies
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
We are proud to be one of the few radiation oncology providers in the Denver area 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 fastest, most accurate and versatile treatment systems currently available.
In addition to TrueBeam, we have also enhanced our treatment capabilities by using the VisionRT®, GateCT® and GateRT® guidance systems that allow for real-time, non-invasive patient motion management. Not only do these systems enhance sophisticated treatments such as IGRT, but they also increase treatment safety and accuracy.
Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
For early stage breast cancer patients, IORT can be both a timesaver - and a lifesaver. Uniquely offered at Littleton Adventist Hospital, IORT offers patients with small, early-stage tumors the opportunity to have their treatments done in one day with minimal recovery time or symptoms and move on with their lives.
This procedure delivers a 20 to 30-minute, targeted dose of radiation directly to the tumor site during surgery. This direct radiation treatment helps to destroy any microscopic tumor cells that may be left behind and reduces the risk of recurrence. With IORT at Littleton Adventist Hospital, patients may also benefit from:
- Treatment time reduced from an average of six weeks to a single dose during surgery
- Less irritation and radiation exposure to healthy breast tissue and surrounding organs
- A ‘boost’ option for traditional radiation therapy patients
- Localized therapeutic dose of radiation helps prevent recurrence
- Minimal recovery time and an opportunity to return to quality time with loved ones