Cancer support services in Denver

At HealthONE, we understand patients with cancer need more than just treatment options. They need compassionate, whole-person care. That's why — in partnership with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare — we offer comprehensive cancer support and wellness services through our survivorship program.

From the moment of diagnosis and throughout the cancer journey, this program is dedicated to ensuring our patients and their families receive the complete support they need.

For more information about our cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (303) 253-3225.

Our cancer support and survivorship services

The local cancer resources of HealthONE and Sarah Cannon are vast. In fact, we've created Denver's largest network of comprehensive cancer services. This local network allows us to provide whole-person care and support — close to home.

Through our survivorship program, we support our patients and their families however we can throughout their cancer journeys. To do this, we offer a wide range of complementary cancer resources and services, including: 

Children and cancer

A diagnosis of cancer in a family with children presents some unique challenges. For more information for parents and families when a child has been diagnosed with cancer as well as information on helping children understand and cope when a parent or other family member has cancer, visit American Cancer Society's children and cancer page.


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Cognitive function (chemo brain)

Many cancer survivors report issues during and after cancer treatment including memory loss, forgetfulness, loss of concentration, and/or confusion. Even though these side effects are commonly referred to as “chemo brain,” factors other than chemotherapy can lead to cognitive side effects. To learn more about cognitive issues from cancer related factors, read Sarah Cannon's chemo brain information.


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Caregiver and family support

A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. To find out how to care for a person with cancer as well as taking care of yourself as a caregiver, visit American Cancer Society's caregivers page.


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Fatigue

Cancer–related fatigue primarily occurs because the body requires additional energy to heal. Other side effects, medications, and stress can make fatigue worse. To learn more about cancer-related fatigue and ways to cope, visit Sarah Cannon's side effects page.


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Fertility preservation

Cancer treatments can lead to infertility. Women do have options to preserve their fertility. It is important to talk to your healthcare team about fertility and your options before you begin treatment as many fertility–preserving options must be done before the damage caused by treatment occurs. To learn more about cancer–related infertility and preservation strategies, visit Sarah Cannon's side effects page.


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Financial support

Cancer treatment may cause financial and insurance issues. To learn more about how to manage the costs of cancer treatment as well as the different types of health insurance and laws that govern health insurance in the United States, visit American Cancer Society's financial information page.


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Fitness/exercise/physical activity

Research shows that for most people exercise is safe and helpful before, during, and after cancer treatment. It can help improve your quality of life as well as the energy you have to do the things you like. Physical activity may also help you cope with side effects of treatment and possibly decrease your risk of new cancers or cancer recurrence in the future. To learn more about cancer and exercise, visit American Cancer Society's physical activity page.


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Genetic counseling

A certified genetic counselor can help you understand your risk for hereditary cancer. They also explain which genetic tests can give you more information about your risk level. To learn more about genetic counseling, visit Cancer.net's genetic counselor page.


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Hair loss

Some cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, make people lose some or all of their hair. To learn what you can do to help avoid or manage hair loss, visit American Cancer Society's hair loss page.


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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses hyperbaric chambers to promote healing for chronic and non-healing wounds from surgical or other medical treatments. The high pressure dose of oxygen helps blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues to promote faster, better healing and can provide relief for patients with a variety of conditions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been specifically shown to aid in post-radiation healing complications which can occur with cancer treatment. HealthONE has multiple Hyperbaric Medicine locations across the Denver Metro Area.  Find the location nearest you.


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Lodging

Sometimes cancer patients need to travel away from home to receive their treatment and need a place to stay. Click on the resources below to find information on cancer-related lodging programs.


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Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the fatty tissues just under your skin that causes swelling (edema). Cancer and its treatments may cause lymphedema. It is important to understand why lymphedema can happen and when to get help and support. To learn more about lymphedema, visit American Cancer Society's lymphedema page.


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Neuropathy

Cancer treatment can cause peripheral neuropathy – damage to peripheral nerves. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can cause severe pain and affect your ability to do things like walk, write, button your shirt, or pick up coins. This can last for weeks, months, or even years after treatment is completed. To learn more about cancer-related peripheral neuropathy including how to manage it, visit American Cancer Society's peripheral neuropathy page.


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Nurse navigation

A nurse navigator is a member of your multidisciplinary care team who serves as an advocate and educator for you and your family during and after your cancer journey. Nurse navigators facilitate communication between your entire care team, help coordinate appointments and transportation and are there to address any other barriers you may face during your cancer journey. To learn more about nurse navigators at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HealthONE, visit Sarah Cannon's Denver support services page.


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Nutrition

Oncology based Medical Nutrition Therapy programs offering tailored treatment for all types of cancer diagnoses, in all phases of treatment and surveillance. A registered dietitian’s role in your cancer treatment is essential to prevent or combat malnutrition, prevent the deterioration of muscle mass, combat side effects of cancer treatment, provide nutrition support (enteral or parenteral), and teach healthy eating to achieve a healthy weight after treatment.


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Ostomy care and support

Sometimes cancer treatment results in an ostomy – a surgical opening made in the skin when a problem is not allowing a part of the body to function well. To learn more about living with an ostomy including information and support, visit American Cancer Society's ostomies page.


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Palliative care

Palliative care is focused on improving the quality of life for people living with a serious illness like cancer. People with cancer may receive palliative care at any time from the point of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond. To learn more about palliative care including who should get it and when, visit American Cancer Society's palliative care page.


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Psychosocial services (counseling, therapy, behavioral health)

A cancer diagnosis can affect the emotional health of patients, families, and caregivers. Common feelings during this life-changing experience include anxiety, distress, and depression. Roles at home, school, and work can be affected. To learn more about cancer-related emotional, mental health, and mood changes, visit American Cancer Society's mood changes page.


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Rehabilitation (Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology)

Cancer and its treatment often cause physical and cognitive problems. These problems can make it harder to do daily activities or return to work and have a lasting effect on your health. Oncology rehabilitation can help buy utilizing a multidisciplinary to provide rehabilitation to patients with all cancer diagnoses in all phases of their cancer treatment from acute through long-term survivorship. To read more about oncology rehabilitation, visit Cancer.net's rehabilitation page.


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Sexual function

Cancer survivors may experience sexual dysfunction or changes in their sex lives after a cancer diagnosis. These changes can be physical or mental. Each type of cancer treatment–chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and hormonal therapy–can cause possible sexual side effects. To learn more about sexual side effects of cancer and how to manage them, visit Sarah Cannon's side effects page.


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Sleep problems

Many cancer survivors report that they occasionally have trouble sleeping or that they can’t sleep at all (insomnia). Lack of sleep can lead to other issues such as fatigue, loss of concentration, headaches, and irritability. To learn more about solutions for cancer-related sleep problems, visit Sarah Cannon's side effects page.


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Smoking cessation

Smoking increases your risk for a number of cancers. If you already have a cancer diagnosis, smoking can increase your risk of recurrence. The benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and almost immediate. To read more about smoking cessation, page Sarah Cannon's survivorship page.


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Spiritual support and pastoral care

Using one’s faith, values, and spiritual practices are important resources for wellness and healing. Sarah Cannon and the network of HCA hospital and cancer centers encourage you to utilize spiritual resources around your local community as well as within the HCA facilities. To find local support for all religious and spiritual backgrounds, email Laurie Jeddeloh.


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Support groups

Support groups offer those affected by cancer a safe space to share and encourage each other. Please click the links below to email the coordinators for these local cancer support groups offered virtually and in-person.


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Transportation

Transportation shouldn’t be a roadblock to cancer treatment. Even with help from family and friends, sometimes patients have trouble getting every ride they need. Click on the resources below to find information on cancer-related transportation assistance programs.


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Treatment summaries/survivorship care plans

The Institute of Medicine issued recommendations that every cancer patient receive an individualized survivorship care plan that includes guidelines for monitoring and maintaining their health. Contact your local oncology clinic or Sarah Cannon Nurse Navigator to request a Treatment Summary/Survivorship Care Plan, or build your own.


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Wellist (resource database)

At Sarah Cannon, we believe it should be easy to make informed decisions about your health and get the support you need throughout the cancer journey. That’s why we created a navigation program that provides you with trusted health information, certified local resources, and a simple way to share information with your family and friends. And, it’s all customized exclusively for you by Wellist, our program partner, so you can stay informed, organized and focused on what matters most: your health. Build your personalized support plan.


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Sarah Cannon - The Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.