Longmont United Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology, for the Hope Cancer Care Center’s outstanding patient care, as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to destroy cancer cells or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The assessment evaluates image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
Radiation therapy services at Longmont United Hospital are provided by the Hope Cancer Care Center located at the Hospital. Radiation Therapy at Longmont United Hospital serves adults who need radiation therapy for any primary cancer, including breast, colon, lung, prostate and other cancers.
Cancer patients at Longmont United Hospital receive radiation therapy from our leading radiation oncology team who specialize in particular cancers and are experts in their field. In fact, our radiation oncology team has been working together for over two decades. They design an individualized treatment plan to target your tumor and minimize the effects of radiation therapy on healthy tissue. Your team also works closely with you to manage any side effects and helps you take the best possible care of yourself during treatment.
Depending on your diagnosis, your care team may also coordinate and schedule your treatment at other Longmont United Hospital facilities, including the Health Center for Integrated Therapies and the Wellness Center. All of our facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment to ensure patients are getting the best treatment available, including a wide range of radiation therapy services. We also offer many of the latest and most innovative options through clinical trials.
Offering Our Patients the Most Advanced Technology – Only in Boulder County
The TrueBeam™ system is an advanced radiotherapy system for cancer patients who need radiation therapy. Longmont United Hospital is the first facility in Boulder County to offer this system, which offers some of the most advanced, state-of-the art technology available for cancer treatment today. As the latest weapon in our arsenal, TrueBeam enhanced our ability to deliver more powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision.
- Faster – TrueBeam's technology makes it possible for the patient to receive fast, accurate image-guided treatments.
- Treatments that once required the patient to lie on a table for up to 30 minutes can now be completed with the patient spending much less time on the table.
- More precise and accurate – the precision is measured in increments of less than a millimeter and enhanced imaging fine-tunes the process.
- More comfortable – Fast treatment time means a shorter interruption of your daily life.
Designed with patient comfort in mind, TrueBeam is an advancement that opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, as well as other cancers.
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Dealing with all the new emotions and decisions surrounding your cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. To help you through this process, an Oncology Nurse Navigator is available to provide you with education, support and advocacy.
The Longmont United Hospital Nurse Navigator is here to help you with:
- Understanding your diagnosis and treatment plan, and maintaining your health.
- Staying informed about your plan of care.
- Coordinating services throughout your cancer journey.
- Communicating with your health care providers.
Benefits of navigation
Our navigator is your advocate, assisting and supporting the physician/patient relationship. The goal is to enhance your quality of life, provide a sense of independence and help you manage your own health.
Navigation services are free of charge to patients, families and caregivers as a service of Longmont United Hospital.
- Education about your cancer treatment and managing possible side effects
- Helping prepare for surgery and recovery
- Access to other hospital and community resources; including financial and transportation assistance, legal aid, and support programs
- Care for emotional and spiritual needs and assistance with finding support
- Helping connect you to integrative therapy options such as acupuncture, nutrition and massage services
- Planning the next steps after completion of treatment
- Availability to meet in person or over the phone, free of charge