Dorcy Cancer Center

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

2004 Lake Ave
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

38.2330094, -104.6249785

Latitude: 38.2330094, Longitude: -104.6249785

Dorcy Cancer Center

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Advanced Technology

Radiation Technology: Cutting-Edge Technology to Fight Cancer

Our radiation oncology program is led by board certified radiation oncologists Dr. Geoffrey Johnson and Dr. John Stageberg, both of whom are skilled in treating a wide-range of cancers using some of today’s most advanced treatment technologies. The treatment team also includes an experienced medical dosimetrist, medical physicist and radiation therapists who work diligently to guarantee safety, accuracy and patient comfort. The Dorcy Cancer Center has the latest treatment technology to deliver a highly effective dose of radiation to destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

Our cutting-edge technology includes:

  • Varian Trilogy linear accelerator
    As Colorado’s first cancer center to have the Varian Trilogy linear accelerator featuring Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), we’re able to offer all standard types of radiation therapies, as well as the most advanced treatments use Trilogy’s pinpoint precision to concentrate more doses on tumors while protecting surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Varian TruBeam linear accelerator with Novalis Radiosurgery technology
    The TrueBeam is not only able to deliver all forms of advanced external-beam radiation therapy, but is also one of the fastest, most accurate and versatile treatment systems currently available.
  • Some key highlights of the system include:
    • The TrueBeam linear accelerator can deliver cancer treatments up to two times faster than older linear accelerators thanks to dose delivery rates of up to 2400 monitor units per minute.
    • A standard IMRT treatment that used to take 10 minutes can now be completed in less than two. 
    • Complex radiosurgery that can typically last 40 minutes to an hour, can now be completed in 5 to 20 minutes.
    • The TrueBeam is so precise that treatment fields are measured in increments of less than a millimeter.
    • TrueBeam checks for accuracy every 10 milliseconds and continually monitors 100,000 data points as a treatment is administered, ensuring that radiation is always focused and on target.

In addition to TrueBeam and Trilogy, we have enhanced our treatment capabilities by using the VisionRT®, GateCT® and GateRT® guidance systems that allow for real-time, non-invasive patient motion management. Not only do these systems enhance sophisticated treatments such as IGRT, but they also increase treatment safety and accuracy.

  • Laboratory & Pathology

    Our professional staff of technologists and support personnel are led by lifetime board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists. We offer excellent clinical consultation as well as assistance in problem solving.

    As part of Centura Health, we are part of a larger group that includes pathologists with subspecialties in hematopathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology, and microbiology.

    A broad range of tests using advanced instrumentation and technically proven methodologies with delivery of rapid and accurate laboratory results is available.

    These include:

    • Anatomic pathology
    • Hematology
    • Coagulation
    • Clinical chemistry, urinalysis, and immunoassay
    • Cytogenetics
    • Flow cytometry
    • Molecular pathology
    • Microbiology
    • Transfusion service
  • Diagnostic Services

    Diagnostic evaluation for cancer has improved dramatically with the development of high-speed, high-accuracy scanning and other imaging equipment. A great number of new techniques have been developed in obtaining tissue samples through procedures that may not require actual surgery. Extremely sensitive, specific stains for cancers have been developed to determine more about the way in which a certain cancer may behave. Blood tests also help in determining types of cancer and responses to treatment.

    A variety of diagnostic imaging tests may be required to completely diagnose your cancer.

  • Tumor Conferences: A Team Approach to Treatment

    Developing the appropriate cancer treatment for each individual patient takes an entire team of cancer care and support professionals. Tumor conferences held at St. Mary-Corwin are an opportunity for cancer specialists, primary care physicians, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons to contribute to the care and treatment of each patient. Weekly conferences allow physicians to talk with one another about diagnostic and treatment issues for each case, so that the managing physician can develop a customized treatment plan.