Penrose Cancer Center

Penrose-St. Frances Health Services

Penrose Cancer Center

Penrose-St. Frances Health Services

Our Services

Determining which type of cancer treatment is best for you depends on a variety of factors. At Penrose Cancer Center we work with specialists trained in treating cancer using all the available tools and methods.  So whether you need chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy or some combination, our team will ensure your treatment is tailored to your specific situation.

And even though your cancer may require several of the following specialists, you can be assured that they are working together, approaching your cancer fight with coordinated strength.  Our team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists work together in a multidisciplinary team to come up with the best treatment options for you.

  • Oncology

    Radiation Oncology

    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. 

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    Gynecologic Oncology

    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.

    Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Thoracic 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.

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    Surgical Oncology

    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

    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.

      Diagnostic Services
      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
      • Hematology
      • Coagulation
      • Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Immunoassay
      • Cytogenetics
      • Flow Cytometry
      • Molecular Pathology
      • Microbiology
      • Transfusion Service
    • Diagnostic

      Imaging

      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.

      superDimension

      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.

    • Radiation Therapy

      CyberKnife

      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. 

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      Trilogy

      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.

    • Integrative Therapy

      For patients undergoing treatment at Penrose Cancer Center, our Integrative Therapies program takes into account the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving the cancer treatment experience. Complementary therapies are not meant to replace traditional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy but to be used in conjunction with standard treatment.

      A cancer diagnosis is typically one of life's most stressful events and our Integrative Therapies program is designed to provide exposure to a wide range of techniques and tools that can reduce stress and allow the patient or caregiver to experience modalities that will be helpful not only during the cancer experience but in the days to come.

      We began our Integrative Therapies program in January of 2011 and have provided a variety of classes including the following:

      • Aromatherapy
      • Art Therapy
      • Bibliotherapy
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Drumming
      • Easy Chair Yoga
      • Guided Imagery
      • Humor
      • Journaling
      • Music Therapy
      • NIA (Non-Impact Aerobics)
      • Nutrition
      • Physical Exercise
      • Spirituality
      • Stress Busters
      • Survivorship

      Integrative Therapies classes are held:

      • Tuesday: 4:30 - 5:20 pm

      Location:

      • In the Pavilion at Penrose Cancer Center and are free of charge

      In addition, throughout the year time-limited classes are offered in NIA, Drumming, Art, Bibliotherapy, and Music. Patients going through treatment, those who have completed treatment, as well as caregivers, are invited to attend. 

      Contact the Oncology Social Worker/Counselor information about the benefits of each class.

      • Phone: 719-776-5311
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    • 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, contact our genetic counselors.

      Phone: 719-776-5279