Dorcy Cancer Center

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Dorcy Cancer Center

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Patient & Family Support Services

It is amazing what the impact of one simple word — cancer — can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Battling cancer requires an abundance of positive attitude, expanded knowledge, a desire and will to heal, and a willingness to let others help. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers a wide array of programs and services for patients and their families.

Cancer Support Groups

From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey is very stressful for patients and their families. Patients, partners and other family members can all suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. There are common factors that impact a family's distress level.

Cancer does changes lives — from the time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and then later throughout life.  It tests the resilience of everyone involved. Battling cancer requires an abundance of positive attitude, expanded knowledge, a desire and will to heal, and a willingness to let others help.

The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center believes in the importance of healing the whole person in mind, body and spirit. The mind-body connection is especially important during cancer treatment. Therefore, we offer a wide range of Healing Arts classes, support groups and services designed to enhance quality of life, increase self-awareness, and help prevent and manage a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms.

HOPES Support Groups

The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center believes in the importance of healing the whole person in mind, body and spirit. The mind-body connection is especially important during cancer treatment. Therefore, we offer a wide range of Healing Arts classes, support groups and services designed to enhance quality of life, increase self-awareness, and help prevent and manage a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms.

Our H.O.P.E.S. (helping oncology patients through education and support) program aims to offer supportive resources that focus on the whole person (mind, body and spirit) while providing an educational component. HOPES programs compliment other services that are provided within our cancer center. Some benefits of the HOPES program include peer support, coping skills, exploring the arts, exercise, laughter, and more.

  • Caregiver Unplugged

    When a loved one is faced with a serious illness, it can be challenging to know how to support them and how to take care of yourself at the same time. Caregivers join together in this group to support each other. Facilitated by Ami Gorsky, MSW.

    For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact us.

    Phone: 719-296-6000 

  • Pink Ladies Group

    This support group is for women who are breast cancer survivors! Whether newly diagnosed, still going through treatment, or years out of treatment this group aims to offer peer support, share experiences, listen and welcome new members at any stage in their diagnosis.

    Pink Ladies Embracing Today meet:

    • 3rd Wednesday of every month: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    For questions and to R.S.V.P., contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-4301

  • CanCervive

    If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer, this group is for you. Education, support, and coping strategies will be addressed in a caring, supportive and confidential environment. The group facilitator is a Master's prepared psychiatric nurse with over 20 years of experience.

    For more information, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5423

    CanCervive meets:

    • First and third Wednesday of each month: 1:30 pm
      Located in the Dorcy Cancer Center.
  • Southern Colorado Us TOO Chapter

    Men you are not alone, you now have a specific prostate cancer support group. Us Too meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Dorcy Cancer Center from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Bring your spouse or friend, refreshments and snacks are provided.  

    For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5889

HOPES Program Services & Classes

  • American Cancer Society Resource Center at Dorcy Cancer Center

    Offers wigs, turbans, and scarves free of charge. Other services include educational materials, Look Good Feel Better program, Road to Recovery, and more.

    For more information on these services, contact us.

    • Phone: 719-557-4944
    • American Cancer Society: 1-800-ACS-2345.
  • Breast Cancer Retreat

    When treatment ends and the teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and others who have encouraged and supported the patient along the way are suddenly gone, the woman undergoing treatment may now find herself felling emotionally and physically tired and alone in the next phase of her journey. Connecting with others who have had the same or similar experience can create a supportive environment. Each year, the Dorcy Cancer Center offers their Annual Breast Cancer retreat where women can build a connectedness and explore emotional, social, spiritual, and informational topics.

  • Integrative Therapy

    The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center recognizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to health and healing. Our commitment to treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit, is evident through the comprehensive set of integrative therapy services offered to cancer patients and their families. Integrative Therapy interventions have been shown to help patients reduce their levels of stress and fear regarding their diagnosis or treatment. There is also a growing body of evidence to support that integrative therapy services decrease a patient’s discomfort from disease-related symptoms, reduce side effects from their treatment, help them to more effectively manage their pain, shorten recovery time, strengthen their immune system and provide an overall improvement in the patient’s quality of life.

    To learn more about integrative therapy and the classes available to you at the Dorcy Cancer Center, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-4548

  • National Cancer Survivors Day

    In participation with National Cancer Survivors Day, each year in June, the Dorcy Cancer Center hosts an annual celebration of life. This special event is meant to honor those who have survived, inspire encourage those recently diagnosed, provide support for families, and an outreach to the community. The Dorcy Cancer Center joins with thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Additional Resources for Patients & Families

At the Dorcy Cancer Center, we offer a full range of support services to assist our patients and their families. The resources below may be helpful to you.

  • Discount Hotels

    Discount hotel rates are available for out of town cancer patients. Please talk with our patient care coordinator for more information contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5989

  • Education

    Our cancer center presents a variety of educational programs to further educate patients and others about specific aspects of cancer and treatment options. A nurse educator is available to guide you through learning about a particular issue of cancer, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5215

  • Home Health Agencies

    We work closely with home health agencies to provide in-home care for our patients who might benefit from that care.

    St. Mary-Corwin Health at Home

    An unprecedented level of personalized care

    In many cases, the ability to recover in the comfort of one’s own home can enhance the healing process. For more than 33 years, St. Mary-Corwin Health at Home has been providing a specialized continuum of care for patients recovering in their home in Pueblo, Fremont and Otero counties. Our professional team promotes independence and personalized attention for our patients — each of our services maintain the utmost in quality and compassion from our hospital to your home. 
      
    Distinctive services

    Many health services can be provided in the comfort of one’s home when a condition makes it difficult to leave the house. St. Mary-Corwin Health at Home provides the following services:

    • Skilled nursing 
    • Physical and occupational therapy 
    • Speech therapy 
    • Telehealth monitoring 
    • Wound care 
    • Stroke rehabilitation 
    • Cancer rehabilitation 
    • Pain management 
    • Medication management

    Our highly qualified team includes professionals trained to meet home health care needs, such as: 

    • Registered nurses 
    • Physical therapists 
    • Occupational therapists 
    • Speech language pathologists 
    • Home health aides 
    • Medical social workers 
    • Chaplain services

    Awards & honors 

    • St. Mary-Corwin Health at Home is accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
    • St. Mary-Corwin Health at Home consistently outperforms the competition in quality standards that are measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Our quality ratings rank higher than the national average and the Colorado average.
  • Hospice Resources

    Hospice Services provide end-of-life care for many patients and families. Refer to the Cancer Resource Directory for more information.

  • Oncology Counseling

    Sorting through cancer treatment options and experiencing emotional highs and lows can become overwhelming. Our oncology counselor is available to help you and your family manage these issues.

    For more information, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5423

  • Patient Care Coordinator

    Our patient care coordinator assists patients with resources available in the community. She will work with you, your physician and support services to ensure seamless coordination of care throughout your outpatient radiation therapy treatment.

    To speak to our patient care coordinator, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5989

  • Pain Management

    New approaches to pain management are constantly emerging. The pain team at the Dorcy Cancer Center will work to minimize the extent and duration of any pain related to your cancer.

    For more information, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-3666

  • Palliative Care

    Palliative care is the comprehensive management of your physical, psychological, social, spiritual and existential needs. It is not hospice, but rather provides symptom management and support for patients and families as they face a serious illness.

    For more information, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-4236

  • Spiritual Care

    Our spiritual care team is always available to you or your family members and caregivers as you begin and continue your cancer journey.

    For spiritual counseling, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-5029

  • Cancer Resource Library

    The Cancer Resource Library is a community resource dedicated to helping cancer patients, their families and their supporters gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the disease. The library is dedicated to improve cancer care in our community through providing a better understanding of cancer by patients, families and the community.  We understand that a cancer diagnosis is more than a medical issue. You may deal with emotional, social, financial, practical and spiritual issue and we can help.

    The library is located on the first floor of the Dorcy Cancer Center.

    Hours:

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • Additional hours are available by appointment only

    For more information, contact us.

    Phone: 719-557-3738.

    We welcome visitors to find the latest information and support available including:

    • General cancer information
    • Treatment options
    • Caregiver support
    • Pain management
    • Complementary therapies
    • Nutrition
    • Prevention and early detection
    • Clinical trials
    • Coping
    • Survivorship

    Not only do visitors have access to a large variety of books, but also to:

    • St. Mary-Corwin support groups and class calendars
    • Updated information online
    • Interactive touch screen Cancer Help computer
    • Audio-visual materials such as videos and DVDs.
    • Printed information from accredited institutions such as the National Cancer Institute, the Lance Armstrong
    • Foundation and the American Cancer Society is available.  

    Cancer Center staff members or volunteers are available to help research information.

    Please ask about the services provided:

    • Integrative Therapy program
    • Cancer survivorship classes
    • Monthly educational displays
    • Cancer survivorship clinical trials

    The Cancer Resource Library at the Dorcy Cancer Center assists St.Mary-Corwin Medical Center in our everyday commitment to offer the best cancer care to outpatients and to provide hope for generations to come.

St. Mary-Corwin Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat

Today, more than 14 million Americans are currently living with, through or beyond cancer.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat

St. Mary-Corwin Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat

Today, more than 14 million Americans are currently living with, through or beyond cancer.