Penrose Cancer Center

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

2222 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

38.8655367, -104.821745

Latitude: 38.8655367, Longitude: -104.821745

Penrose Cancer Center

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Our Programs

Penrose Cancer Center offers a full range of clinical trials, psychosocial support services, genetic counseling and certified oncology nurse navigation. We believe these services, along with a multidisciplinary approach that unites surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, helps us deliver the best possible outcome for patients. We also have numerous programs and screenings designed to educate and ensure that all in our community have access to the best cancer care and prevention.

  • Clinical Trials

    Balanced by our desire to provide spiritual and emotional healing in addition to physical care, Penrose Cancer Center actively participates in research programs and clinical trials to help uncover the most advanced cancer treatment options and ensure the best outcomes for our patients. As part of our commitment to clinical research, we test a large number of treatment innovations and new medications and have multiple clinical trials in progress funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and a number of pharmaceutical companies. Your physician can best answer whether such a program is right for you and your treatment goals followed by the assistance of a clinical research nurse to help determine your eligibility.

    Clinical trials help doctors find better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose and treat disease including developing new and effective medications to win the war against cancer. As a patient, you have the power and choice to help fight that war by contributing to the collective knowledge base.

    Ask your doctor about clinical trial opportunities today.

    For more information about participating, contact the Penrose Cancer Research and Clinical Trials Department

    • Phone: 719-776-2842
    • Research Nurses: 719-776-6550
  • Oncology Nurse Navigators

    Hearing the words "you have cancer" is a very overwhelming time in the life of any patient and family dealing with this complex and difficult disease. Cancer care can be very confusing in that multiple health care providers are involved from the screening process, to diagnosis, testing, treatment, and survivorship. Penrose Cancer Center has established a nurse navigator program to assist patients and families with this journey.

    An oncology nurse navigator (ONN) is a professional registered nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. An ONN also provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.

    Research has shown that when nurse navigators become involved early enough after a person has received a cancer diagnosis, they can help steer patients and their families to appropriate care and timely treatment that could dramatically improve patients' chances of living with cancer as a manageable disease.

    Penrose Cancer Center currently offers the following oncology nurse navigation support:

    • Gynecologic Cancer Navigation
    • Head & Neck Cancer Navigation
    • Breast Cancer Navigation
    • Lung Nodule Navigation
    • Thoracic Cancer Navigation
    • Prostate Cancer Navigation
  • Genetic Counseling

    The Hereditary Cancer Service at the Penrose Cancer Center provides cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and testing services for individuals and families with concerns about inherited cancer predispositions.  Services are provided by a team of cancer professionals led by our genetic counselors.

    Cancer genetic counselors specialize in educating individuals about inherited cancer risks identifying what type of inherited predisposition could be possible and knowing the appropriate type of test to order, interpreting results so that you and your doctor can make informed decisions regarding your medical care.

    The genetic counselors at Penrose's Hereditary Cancer Service are experts at family history assessment.  Personalized risks are estimated for each patient seen in our service, based on their medical and family histories.  These estimates are used to:

    • Determine the chance to develop cancer in the near future and over a lifetime. The chance for cancer determines risk management options. Management may include special screenings, surgeries or medications. 
    • Determine the chance for an inherited predisposition to cancer. If this risk is high, genetic lab testing is an option. Certain inherited gene changes greatly increase cancer risk.

    Our genetic counselors discuss risks and management options with each patient. A written summary of the discussion is sent to the patient and his/her referring provider. The patient and provider can then develop an individualized risk-management plan. Detailed information about family history and genetic risks empower patients to reduce their cancer risks, or to detect cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.  Looking to the past, we can change the future.

    For more information, please contact one of our genetic counselors.

    Phone: 719-776-5279

    Read our Hereditary Cancer Brochure.

  • Integrative Therapies & Programs

    At Penrose Cancer Center, we take care of the whole person—body, mind and spirit—with the goal of improving the cancer treatment experience and outcomes.  We offer a full range of evidence-based complementary therapies designed to be used in conjunction with the treatments our world class physicians recommend.

  • Public Screenings & Education

    To increase awareness of cancer prevention, screening and early detection, Penrose Cancer Center offers community outreach education including:

    • Ways to decrease the risk of developing cancer through prevention, avoiding high-risk behaviors and early detection
    • Self-examination and symptom-identification techniques
    • Screening guidelines for the public
    • Access to community resources for early detection
    • Hereditary risk evaluations
    • Cancer research trials

    As part of our mission of care, meeting the spiritual needs of the community is just as important as providing physical and emotional healing. We are especially committed to meeting the cultural, ethnic, and religious needs of high-risk groups. As proof of our promise, Penrose Cancer Center specializes in providing services to Spanish-speaking patients through JUNTAS and to African American women through the ANGEL Network.

  • ANGEL Network

    ANGEL stands for African-American Women Nurturing and Giving Each other Life. The Angel Network is dedicated to promoting wellness and empowering women though health education. Its mission is to reduce cancer health disparities by offering early detection screening and health education.

    Services offered:

    • Free educational programs
    • Free instructional breast exams
    • Referrals for free or low-cost clinical breast exams and mammograms 
    • Cancer support groups
  • Free Community Skin Cancer Screening

    Date:

    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Time:

    8:00 - 11:30 am

    Register

    This event is FREE and open to the public.

    Location:

    Peak Vista Family Health Center
    225 South Union Blvd.
    Colorado Springs

  • Women's Wellness Connection

    Free Cervical Screening & Testing

    If you have limited or no health insurance and meet the qualifications below, you may qualify.

    • Between the ages of 21 - 39
    • You do not have insurance or cannot afford your deductible or copay
    • Legally residing in the United States
    • At or below 250% of the federal poverty level

    Please note that only cervical screenings are covered by this program. Other gynecologic needs are not covered, and you may need to see a different WWC provider.

    2.5 times Federal Poverty Level gross (before taxes) monthly household income.

    • $2,475 - 1 person in the household
    • $3,338 - 2 people in the household
    • $4,299 - 3 people in the household
    • $5,063 - 4 people in the household

    Regional Clinics

    • Penrose Hospital
      Phone: 719-776-6222, option 2 
    • Peak Vista Community Health Centers
      Phone: 719-344-6090 
    • Dream Center
      Phone: 719-388-1594 
    • Teller County Public Health
      Phone: 719-687-6416 
    • St. Thomas More Hospital
      Phone: 719-285-2473
    • Southern Colorado Family Practice (Pueblo)
      Phone: 719-557-5855 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 719-776-8200, option 4. *Income guidelines fluctuate frequently. Please visit Women's Wellness Connection for the most up-to-date information.

    Download this information in Spanish.


    Free Breast and Cervical Screening & Testing

    If you have limited or no health insurance and meet the qualifications below, you may qualify.

    • Between the ages of 40 - 64
    • You do not have insurance or cannot afford your deductible or copay
    • Legally residing in the United States
    • At or below 250% of the federal poverty level
    • In need of screening exams or diagnostic testing following an abnormal screening

    If you fall near these guidelines or have symptoms, contact us.

    Phone: 719-776-8208

    Regional Clinics

    • Penrose Hospital
      Phone: 719-776-8200, option 4  
    • Peak Vista Community Health Centers
      Phone: 719-344-6090 
    • Dream Center
      Phone: 719-388-1594 
    • Teller County Public Health
      Phone: 719-687-6416 
    • St. Thomas More Hospital
      Phone: 719-285-2473 
    • Southern Colorado Family Practice (Pueblo)
      Phone: 719-557-5855 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 719-776-8200, option 4. *Income guidelines fluctuate frequently. Please visit Women's Wellness Connection for the most up-to-date information.

    Download this information in Spanish.