Penrose Cancer Center offers all modalities of radiation treatments including brachytherapy, cranial and extracranial stereotactic radiosurgey with CyberKnife®, real time permanent seed implants for prostate cancer and partial breast irradiation.
Radiation treatment plans and technologies are customized by Penrose Cancer Center to each patient's individual needs, incorporating a highly effective dose of radiation to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Depending on the location, size and type of tumor, treatment may include one or more therapies featuring various forms of external beam radiation including CyberKnife®, the ultimate in new cancer-fighting technology, either alone or sometimes in combination with brachytherapy, an internal treatment technique.
As part of our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, Penrose Cancer Center offers Gynecologic Oncology, a highly specialized field that offers leading-edge treatment to women with cancer of the reproductive system including both internal and external anatomy. The care is provided by a physician specially trained in gynecological oncology.
Our thoracic oncology program integrates the most up-to-date technology with dedicated physician specialists and non-physician support in order to improve outcomes and minimize delays in evaluation and treatment of patients with possible chest cancers.
We are the only institution in southern Colorado that offers a full-range of care for thoracic oncology patients. This experienced surgical team can care for patients with lung cancer, as well as complex problems of the trachea, esophagus and mediastinum.
Surgery is often recommended in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment. If surgery is recommended, you can be assured the team at Penrose Cancer Center has the expertise needed for your specific situation.
- Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
- Urologic Surgical Oncology
- Brain Surgical Oncology
- General Surgical Oncology
Medical oncology services are provided by Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, located on the 4th floor of Penrose Pavilion, adjacent to Penrose Cancer Center. Their team of Medical Oncologists work closely with our Radiation Oncologists, Surgeons, Pathologists and Radiologists to provide comprehensive treatment.
Laboratory / Pathology
Our professional staff of board-certified pathologists, technologists and support personnel are highly trained and dedicated to putting the patient first and meeting your needs. We offer excellent clinical consultation as well as assistance in problem solving.
Our pathologists provide prompt follow-up in both clinical and anatomic pathology.They have board certified subspecialties in hematopathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology, and microbiology.
Full-service laboratory serving clients in the south state area and surrounding communities
A broad range of tests using advanced instrumentation and technically proven methodologies with delivery of rapid and accurate laboratory results
- Anatomic Pathology
- Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Immunoassay
- Flow Cytometry
- Molecular Pathology
- Transfusion Service
Penrose-St. Francis Imaging Services is an active partner in the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of cancer at Penrose Cancer Center. They offer a broad spectrum of imaging services including low-radiation CAT scans, angiography, ultrasound, digital mammography and nuclear medicine.
The superDimension® navigational bronchoscope extends the reach of the bronchoscope to regions deep within the lung, enabling physicians to locate small lung lesions for diagnostic testing and potential treatment. The system uses natural airway access, minimizing the need for more invasive, surgical procedures to access lung lesions in the distant regions of the lung. One of the reasons the Penrose Cancer Center uses the superDimension® is because it also provides the ability to detect lung disease and lung cancer earlier, even before symptoms are evident, enhancing treatment options for patients.
CyberKnife®, a new and exciting option in external radiation therapy is now available at Penrose Cancer Center. This ultimate cancer-fighting technology can attack hard-to-reach tumors anywhere in the body and offers a non-surgical alternative to cancer treatment with no incisions, anesthesia or inpatient hospital stay and little or no side effects.
Because it uses stereotactic radiosurgery technology, CyberKnife® attacks cancer from all angles using a focused beam of radiation with pinpoint accuracy and can treat tumors previously thought to be inoperable including:
- Brain cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Spine tumors
This form of treatment is ideal for both cancerous and benign brain tumors because of the importance of protecting healthy tissues and structures - other radiosurgery systems simply can't treat tumors with the same level of accuracy.
With extreme accuracy, CyberKnife® can attack cancer with more powerful and effective doses of radiation with little or no side effects in as few as one to five treatments. All without attacking your quality of life thanks to no incisions, drugs, pain, fatigue or recovery time, with most patients returning to normal activities after treatment.
The Trilogy® accelerator is a versatile and powerful medical image-guided radiation therapy machine, capable of targeting tumors with sub-millimeter accuracy while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
The innovative RapidArc radiotherapy technology on a Trilogy® system represents the latest evolution of cancer treatment technology, setting new benchmarks for speed, precision and patient comfort.
RapidArc uses a unique algorithm that provides unprecedented treatment delivery control. As a result, treatment plans that excel in covering target goals while sparing critical structures can be developed and performed faster than ever before.
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, contact our genetic counselors.