Compassionate cancer care in Denver

For many patients, a cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center, we understand the challenges you face and are here to provide compassionate, comprehensive cancer care.

We offer advanced cancer screenings, staging and diagnosis, as well as leading-edge treatments for all forms of cancer. Our multidisciplinary cancer care team—including our patient navigators—works collaboratively to guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship.

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


Rose Medical Center is an accredited Commission on Cancer® program, as designated by the American College of Surgeons. By choosing a Commission on Cancer® accredited program, you can rest assured that you are choosing a leading-edge, comprehensive program that is committed to quality care.

Multidisciplinary approach to cancer care

At Rose Medical Center, members of our oncology department—from all disciplines of cancer care—gather on a weekly basis for case conferences. During these meetings, we discuss patient cases and create individualized, multidisciplinary treatment plans for our patients. The goal is to work together to ensure you receive the most effective treatment plan possible.

Our team includes specialists from the following backgrounds:

Oncology Nurse Navigators, Surgeons, Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Genetic Counselors, Nursing team, Physical Therapists, Radiologists, Case Management

Specialty programs and services

To ensure each patient receives effective, individualized care, we offer a variety of specialty programs and services at our hospital.

Cancer clinical trials

Our experienced cancer care team is always exploring advanced treatment options as well as innovative techniques for the detection and prevention of cancer. Sometimes, traditional or standard therapies are not effective for more complex cancers, which is why we continue to explore clinical trials.

Clinical trials are research studies conducted to answer important medical and scientific questions with the ultimate goal of finding better ways to treat diseases. They are used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new or investigational drugs, combinations of new and/or existing drugs and drug delivery methods.

Access to newer treatments is offered in the hopes that the new treatments will be more effective than standard treatments and offer hope to patients who may not be responding to existing therapies.

Intraoperative radiation therapy clinical trial

We currently have the leading clinical trial for intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) in the U.S. For eligible patients with early stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy, along with the radiation therapy, is often included in the treatment plan.

For eligible patients, IORT is an option that delivers the entire course of radiation therapy in the operating room at the time of the lumpectomy. The IORT procedure allows the surgeon to remove the cancerous tumor while conserving as much of the healthy breast tissue as possible. Eligible patients typically include those over the age of 40 with a single focus of cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma). Talk to your physician about eligibility.

Cancer resource center

Rose Medical Center has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a cancer resource center for patients, family members and friends. Available services include:

  • Access to the latest information about tests, treatments and clinical trials
  • Help making transportation arrangements for treatment
  • Information about local community support resources
  • Support group and educational event information
  • Wigs and prostheses

Please come by for a visit, and let our trained volunteers assist you in learning more about accessing community resources.

Hereditary cancer clinic

Many people wonder about their cancer risk based on family cancer history or ancestry. At the Rose Medical Center Hereditary Cancer Clinic, our mission is to help educate patients and families about familial cancer and cancer risk. We provide access to resources for cancer screening, risk reduction and genetic counseling.

To find out more about the Hereditary Cancer Clinic at Rose, call (720) 376-7891.

Many patients who contact the Rose Hereditary Clinic have a history or ancestry that includes:

  • A known mutation (positive genetic test) for a cancer susceptibility gene
  • Diagnosis of cancer at a younger than average age
  • Family member diagnosis with certain benign (cancerous) growths or tumors
  • Family member diagnosis with certain rare cancers (such as male breast cancer, sarcoma or others)
  • Multiple relatives with the same cancer type
  • Multiple cancers in a single person

The program at Rose Hereditary Clinic includes:

  • Coordination of follow-up care
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Initial risk assessment and coordination of care from our specialized nurse
  • Screening at the Rose Breast Center

Genetic counseling

If you have a history of cancer in your family, you can ask your doctor if you may benefit from genetic counseling. A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with special training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling.

Integrative therapies

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented approach to care that takes into account the whole person—body and mind. We partner with Medicine Hands—an integrative therapy center—to provide complementary therapies to work in partnership with your cancer treatment.

We offer:

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal consultation
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation classes
  • Mind-body therapies
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical exercise
  • Reflexology
  • Stress management
  • Yoga

Nurse navigator program

Nurse navigators specialize in cancer care and serve as advocates and educators for you—from diagnosis through survivorship. Our nurse navigators facilitate communication between your entire care team, help you coordinate appointments and transportation and address any other barriers you may face to support you throughout your cancer journey. Our mission is to provide you with seamless care.

Nurse navigators advocate for patients by:

  • Advocating for your needs and connecting you to helpful resources, including rehabilitation services and complementary therapies
  • Creating a personalized experience during your appointments, evaluating your medical needs and communicating that information to your doctor
  • Emotionally supporting your decisions about your care
  • Providing education on your treatment options and clinical trial availability for your cancer type

Cancers we treat

We provide comprehensive cancer care for the following:

  • Blood cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Lymphoma
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
    • Colon cancer
    • Rectal cancer
  • Endocrine cancers
    • Adrenal cancer
    • Anaplastic thyroid cancer
    • Pituitary cancer
    • Thyroid cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Uterine cancer
    • Vulvar cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer

Breast cancer care

Our hospital offers a breast care program—Rose Total Breast Care—that provides additional support to patients with breast cancer. Led by breast cancer specialists, we deliver advanced care for the diagnosis and treatment of breast tumors and breast cancer.

We are the leading provider of breast cancer care in the state of Colorado. Ninety-one percent of all Rose breast cancer patients are alive five years after their treatment, compared to an average 86.3 percent across other Colorado hospitals. Additionally, 40.9 percent of our stage 4 breast cancer patients are alive five years after treatment. This is more than 10 percent higher than the average at other Colorado hospitals.

Thyroid cancer care

Specialists at our Thyroid & Parathyroid Center treat thyroid cancer and other cancers affecting the endocrine system. Our doctors are equipped to treat a wide range of thyroid cancers, including anaplastic thyroid cancer—the most aggressive type of thyroid cancer.

The good news is that most thyroid cancers are very treatable and a high percentage of patients treated at our facility recieve with a positive prognosis. Treatment for endocrine cancers will depend on the type of cancer a patient has and may include the surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid, radioactive iodine treatment or medications.

Cancer treatments

We offer a wide range of treatment options to provide an individualized treatment plan for the unique needs of each patient.

These include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Electronic brachytherapy
  • Fertility care, including egg/embryo freezing
  • Interventional oncology
  • Radioactive iodine treatment
  • Y-90 radioembolization with chemotherapy

Radiation therapy

Rose Medical Center specializes in using radiation therapy to treat cancer. We are currently one of the only facilities in the state to offer stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS, which is a same-day procedure that delivers a large dose of precisely placed, high-energy X-ray beams to shrink or control the growth of a tumor.

We are also among very few hospitals in Denver to offer a prone breast board for breast cancer patients’ treatment. Using the prone breast board, patients lie on their stomachs, rather than on their backs, which allows the healthy breast to stay closer to the body, better isolating the tumor. It also minimizes radiation to the surrounding organs, such as the heart and lungs.

Additional radiation therapy treatments we offer include:

  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
  • High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
  • Radiopharmaceuticals delivery
  • Respiratory gating
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)

Surgical oncology

When cancer is detected, one option for treatment is the surgical removal of the tumor. We provide patients access to expert surgeons who are experienced in using advanced procedures for cancer treatment.

When possible, we use minimally invasive robotic surgery to provide many benefits to patients, including less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.

Our surgeons perform the following robot-assisted surgeries:

  • Robot-assisted hysterectomy for uterine cancer
  • Robot-assisted partial or total nephrectomy for kidney cancer
  • Robot-assisted surgery for colon cancer

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Rose Medical Center is 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

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