Cancer care in Aurora, Colorado

The expert oncologists at The Medical Center of Aurora (TCMA) provide advanced care and treatment for many types of cancer—including breast, colon and liver cancers.

Our team understands that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. This is why our goal is to provide patients compassionate care and continued support through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

For more information about cancer diagnosis, treatment and other services, call askSARAH at (303) 253-3225.

Comprehensive cancer services

Our oncology team is dedicated to providing the most effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer. We value our patients and their emotional health throughout this process. This is why we provide quality cancer care for patients and their families in a nurturing and healing environment.

Our multispecialty team offers advanced cancer screening, treatments and care, including:

  • Access to clinical trials and new cancer treatment options
  • Advanced treatments and technology
  • Education and support for patients, families and friends at TMCA Cancer Resource Center
  • Established program partnered with the American Cancer Society
  • Oncology-certified nurses
  • Private patient rooms

Genetic counseling

Genetic counseling is recommended for individuals with a family history of cancer. A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with special training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Our genetic counselors work to evaluate the likelihood that a hereditary cancer condition is responsible for your personal and/or family history of cancer. They can also help predict the likelihood of cancer development.

Our genetic counselors are knowledgeable in all aspects of genetic testing options, results interpretation and screening recommendations. With genetic counseling, our goal is to prevent cancer, or detect it in its earliest stages when it is easier to treat. If you have a family history of cancer, you may have a greater-than-average risk for cancer and may benefit from a genetic evaluation.

If you have questions about genetic testing or need to schedule an appointment, please call (303) 360-3742.

Oncology nurse navigation program

An oncology nurse navigator serves as a key member of the multidisciplinary team. The first point of contact with the navigator is typically when a patient is newly diagnosed. This diagnosis can often be overwhelming for patients and their families. To help them feel supported, the navigator is an advocate for patients and an easily accessible source of information and care.

The oncology nurse navigator assists in expediting care by maintaining communication, scheduling tests, making appropriate consultations and initiating treatment(s) as recommended by the team. The navigator also serves as a liaison between the team, patient and family to ensure consistent communication and seamless care.

Types of cancers we treat

Our team coordinates care to ensure the best cancer treatment options and outcomes possible for:

  • Adrenal cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer

Breast cancer

The Breast Cancer Care Center within Colorado Breast Care at The Medical Center of Aurora is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The doctors at the Breast Cancer Care Center are recognized leaders in treating breast cancer. Additionally, many of our breast specialists are involved with clinical trials. As a result, patients have access to some of the latest and advanced treatments.

We offer the following to patients:

  • A monthly breast cancer support group facilitated by breast cancer specialists and survivors
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center
  • An oncology program accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC)
  • Encouragement for family and friends to attend appointments for additional support
  • Multiple specialists available at one time and in one location for initial visits
  • Timely development of a treatment action plan
  • Quick and efficient evaluation

Working together in a multispecialty office allows our physicians to share information, evaluate each patient’s case and offer reassurance and support. Our team includes oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and nurse navigators.

Breast cancer support group

Our breast cancer support group meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Colorado Breast Care. There is no cost to attend the group, which is facilitated by a breast health specialist.

Colorectal cancer

Many of our doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of colorectal cancer. One of the ways in which we do this is through education and encouraging routine preventive care—particularly, through a colonoscopy.

A colonoscopy is a procedure performed by a physician to view the inside of your rectum and colon. Using a scope, your doctor is able to see if you have swollen tissue, polyps (abnormal tissue growths) or cancer. When found early, this type of cancer is easily treatable.

Liver cancer

Our diverse team of gastroenterologists, oncologists, hepatologists, radiologists and surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer.

The treatment process for liver cancer varies from patient to patient. In some cases, patients are able to receive a liver transplant—receiving a new liver from an organ donor to replace the liver affected by cancer. In other cases, a transplant is not necessary or possible and a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and/or biologic therapy is used.

Additionally, there are new treatments available for primary liver cancer patients who are not candidates for surgery. Our doctors continue to research certain medications that can help control the growth of tumors and blood cells in the liver.

Lung cancer

Our lung cancer program—accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC)—offers a multidisciplinary team approach to lung cancer care. We work with you and your family to make the process as smooth as possible while guiding you through your lung cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment.

Additionally, we offer many types of lung cancer screening options with advanced artificial intelligence technologies to help detect lung cancer early.

Our lung cancer program offers:

  • Access to lung cancer clinical research trials
  • Cancer registry for lifetime follow-up
  • Cancer Resource Center for support and education
  • Lung cancer nurse navigation to help with support and coordination
  • Lung Nodule Clinic
  • Radiation therapy services
  • Smoking cessation program
  • Weekly review of cancer cases with multidisciplinary team

Lung cancer screening

We are a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. Our goal with lung screening is to identify cancer at an early stage. Without screening, lung cancer may not be detected until a person develops symptoms, at which time, the cancer is much harder to treat.

Lung cancer screening is performed using a computed tomography (CT) scan to take a picture of your lungs. CT scans are fast, painless and noninvasive. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can also eat before the exam. Screening is a continuous effort over time, not a single test. An annual scan is recommended for most individuals who meet screening and risk factor criteria.

Lung cancer risk factors include:

  • Patients between 55 and 77 years old.
  • Patients who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Prostate Cancer

Our prostate cancer team provides comprehensive care—from initial diagnosis and staging through treatment and follow-up care. Each patient’s individual health history is taken into consideration before adopting a treatment method.

Our doctors use minimally invasive and highly advanced therapies to treat patients. We offer both surgical and nonsurgical options, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Traditional prostatectomy
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate

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.

Oncology at HealthONE

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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