Porter Cancer Center

Porter Adventist Hospital

Porter Cancer Center
2525 S Downing St
Denver, Colorado 80210

Porter Cancer Center

Porter Adventist Hospital

Cancer Support Services

A cancer diagnosis is a life changing event, both for the patient and the family. Research indicates people who get the support they need have more favorable outcomes. In response to this and the mission statement of Porter Adventist Hospital, oncology offers a wide range of support services to cope with the experience of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Following is a list of groups and services that can strengthen you on this journey.

  • Breast Cancer Support Services

    Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group
    This group is primarily for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the past year, although women at any stage of breast cancer journey are welcome.  The focus is education, perspective and support. The format of the group is that there is a guest co-facilitator each month who has an area of expertise of interest to breast cancer survivors. Half of the group is spent with questions and discussion with regard to this area of expertise. The other half of the group is spent addressing survivor issues and concerns on that  day. 

    This group meets in Eagle Conference Room (No fee or registration is required):

    • First Tuesday of the month: 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

    Breast Nurse Navigation
    See Patient Navigation below.

    Annual Breast Cancer Survivors Dinner
    This is an event sponsored by Porter Adventist Hospital in the month of October to celebrate the survivorship of breast cancer patients.  It combines opportunities to network with resource people, a dinner and a guest speaker. The event is USUALLY the second Tuesday of October. Registration is required with Ask-A-Nurse approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the event.

  • Psychosocial Support

    The healing process includes an approach that focuses on the “whole” person (physical, emotional and spiritual). We provide emotional support to strengthen the healing process as one goes through treatment. Support groups are held monthly so individuals and their caregivers can meet with others who are going through or have gone through the cancer journey. The groups (Breast Support Group, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group, General Survivorship Group, Young Survivors Support Group and Kid’s Alive) are designed to gain education regarding a person’s cancer type and gain understanding in the challenges that can be present. Our Nurse Counselor provides family, caregiver and individual sessions to help minimize the struggles that cancer creates. All services are free of charge.

    For further information please call 303-778-2583.

  • Oncology Nutrition Services

    Nutrition concerns are common among individuals with cancer. Additionally, cancer treatments may cause side effects that alter digestion, appetite, chewing, and swallowing. This can make it difficult to maintain the strength needed to complete treatment without interruptions or unintentional changes in therapy. For this reason, The Porter Cancer Care Center offers the services of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN), who are board certified in oncology nutrition (CSO). Our dietitians work closely with the medical team to provide customized nutrition plans during counseling sessions, which may include recommendations on how to:

    • Maximize nutrition
    • Safely incorporate dietary and herbal supplements into your treatment plan
    • Manage weight concerns
    • Use alternative nutrition (tube feeding or IV nutrition) at home

    Nutrition counseling is a free service offered to all cancer patients and their families within Porter Cancer Care Center.

    To schedule an appointment, please contact the dietitians directly at 303-765-6530.

  • Genetic Counseling

    At Porter Adventist Hospital, we recognize the importance of using genetic counseling services to promote informed decisions about health, cancer screening, and genetic conditions.

    Genetic Counseling

    Centura Health certified genetic counselor provides genetic counseling services for cancer risk assessment & other hereditary cancer conditions.

    Phone: 303-734-5300

  • Support for Children

    Kids Alive: Support for Children of Parents with Cancer
    This group is open to children ages 6-16 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer.  It meets monthly October through June, usually on the second Saturday of the month, in Twin Peaks Conference Room.  Visit the website at www.kidsalivecolorado.org.  There is no fee, but registration is required.  Call 303-778-5832 to request an application.

    Young Survivors Group
    Being diagnosed with cancer in your 20s and 30s is very different than being diagnosed in middle or older age.  It is open to anyone in this age range with any type of cancer.  It is also open to the support people in their lives.  This group is a combination of support, discussion, guest speakers and social gatherings.  No fee or registration is required. This is a monthly group, meeting the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., locations vary. To learn more about this group or be added to the distribution list for meetings, please contact Melissa Gilstrap at 303-269-4348 or melissagilstrap@centura.org.

    Look Good...Feel Better
    This is a free two-hour program co-sponsored with the American Cancer Society that will help women undergoing cancer treatment to cope with changes in their appearance, including hair loss.  It is offered twice a year at Porter Hospital.  There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 303-777-6877, approximately 3 weeks before the scheduled group.  For further information regarding the exact dates at Porter Hospital, please call 303-778-5832.

  • Individual and Family Counseling

    Individual and Family Counseling
    This is a service provided to any oncology patient or family at no charge.  Services are provided by the clinical nurse specialist for oncology support services.  To make an appointment, call 303-765-3888.

    For further information about any of the support groups or counseling services please call 303-778-5832.

  • Patient Navigation

    Our team has a Nurse Navigator whose role is to guide patients diagnosed with head and neck cancers throughout their cancer treatment by helping them steer through the healthcare system. She also serves as a resource for head and neck cancer patients by helping them work through and remove barriers to their care and cancer treatment, such as insurance or transportation issues. Our Nurse Navigator can be reached at 303-765-6184.

  • Palliative Care Services

    Centura Health's palliative care program specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis.  The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families.  Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that offer coordinated care to address a patient's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and can help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes.  This care may be provided along with other medical treatment. 

    The palliative care team is available:

    • Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    To request a palliative care consultation, discuss your wishes with your physician to obtain a referral. 

    To speak with a palliative care team member call 303-778-5699. 

    For more information about palliative care go to Get Palliative Care website.