Treatment

Cancer care is complex and as the only CoC, Commission on Cancer, accredited comprehensive cancer center in western Colorado, St Mary’s provides cutting edge care close to home. 

Commission on Cancer

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy and biotherapy. Our staff, board certified medical oncologists/hematologists and our advanced practice providers, evaluate each case, create treatment plans, and other cancer-related and complimentary care.

Outpatient Care- your surroundings during chemotherapy treatments are important to maintain a positive, healing attitude. Our outpatient medical oncology services in St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion provide just the right environment. Twenty specially designed therapy chairs are equipped with televisions, internet, temperature control, and massage options. There is also a specially designed patio where patients can receive treatment outdoors if medically approved.

Specialized Cancer Care Unit- Diagnostic services, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and nursing services are all available in the inpatient medical unit.

Both areas are guided by the philosophy of respect and dignity of each patient, allowing patients and family members to participate in decision-making, treatment choices and supportive care.

Nurse Navigators- Our nurses are devoted to delivering individualized physical and emotional care. They work consistently one-on-one with physicians to ensure optimal continuity of care and provide efficient response to patients’ phone calls.

Our oncology board certified pharmacists specialize in chemotherapy preparation and are available to patients and their families to answer questions about medication.

A master-prepared social worker is available to assist patients with financial and social concerns. An oncology clinical nurse educator serves as a resource for nursing staff, patients, family, and the community.

Radiation Oncology

A patient's individualized cancer treatment plan may include radiation therapy, in which targeted radiation is used to destroy cancer cells. The radiation may be delivered externally using high-energy x-rays and electrons, or internally by placing radioactive sources in the patient either temporarily or permanently.

St. Mary’s Hospital provides the highest standard of care in radiation therapy. Our radiation oncologists and radiation therapy team offer the most comprehensive and cutting-edge treatments in Western Colorado to patients, making radiation therapy safer and more effective than ever before and expanding options for patients with inoperable cancers. St. Mary’s state-of the-art treatment techniques and technologies achieve unprecedented precision and reduce exposure of normal tissue to high doses of radiation, minimizing radiation-related side effects.

Some of the advanced treatment techniques we offer include:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)
  • Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)
  • High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
  • Low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy

Advanced Radiation Therapy Technology

In addition to our highly-trained, interdisciplinary treatment team, St. Mary’s Hospital is also at the forefront of cancer-fighting technology, utilizing two Varian high-energy linear accelerators: a TrueBeam with OSMS patient monitoring, and a TrueBeam STx with ExacTrac patient alignment.

Hematology

Our oncologists are also board-certified in hematology- the study of disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes. Hematologists treat patients with various types of blood disorders, such as anemia, as well as with patients with clotting disorders.

Diagnostics and Mammography


When it comes to cancer, the most important thing is early detection.  St. Mary’s uses the latest technologies to diagnose and assess the patient’s condition. Click here for more information about the Imaging Pavilion at St. Mary's Advanced Medicine Pavilion.

All mammography technologies and equipment in the Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center are licensed and certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the standards established by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and the American College of Radiology.mammography_ACR_BICOE_Seal

As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, St. Mary’s Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center at Pavilion Imaging meets the highest level of imaging quality and safety.

Visit the Mammography Center page for more information about mammography services offered by St. Mary's. 

Pathology

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine departments support cancer care for St. Mary's patients through all phases of diagnoses and treatment. State-of-the-art equipment results in rapid analysis of everything from tumor assessment and staging to determining the effectiveness of drug therapies to give each patient the best treatment possible.

 

Clinical Trials

The next generation of cancer care begins today. It takes an average of 12 years to research new treatments and drugs before moving to human trials.

St. Mary’s teams up with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help fund cancer clinical trials via networks of physicians and institutions specializing in a particular aspect of cancer.

St. Mary’s maintains relationships with UCLA’s (University of California, Los Angeles) Translational Research in Oncology (TRIO) US Network and the University of Colorado Cancer Center, Denver so patients at St. Mary’s can participate in NCI-sponsored research.

St. Mary’s monitors all cancer clinical trials being proposed and conducted and discusses possible participation with patients who qualify.