Lutheran Medical Center

Cancer Care at Lutheran Medical Center

Cancer may make you feel like you’ve lost control. We’ll put you back in charge of your life with proven therapies and the latest science and keep you close to home and the people who help you stay strong.

Lutheran offers the choices in treatment and technology delivered with a personal touch. From the moment you’re diagnosed, you’ll have a dedicated, caring team focused on your needs.

It starts with a screening to learn about the stresses you’re feeling – from concerns about treatments or side effects to worries about financial burdens or transportation. From there, we make a plan to address each concern so you can focus on the business of getting well.

Supporting patients and families

We know that life is busy and you need us to help you navigate your cancer journey. From making your first screening appointment, to understanding your cancer diagnosis, to treatment and beyond, our patient navigators are here to guide you every step of the way.

Cancer services and treatments

Our comprehensive services for cancer begin with prevention and screening. To detect and monitor cancer, we offer advanced technology, including:

  • Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) – Provides a more complete picture of the breast and can better reveal early-stage or hard-to-find cancers
  • A 64-slice PET/CT scan – Enables radiologists to see a more accurate picture of abnormal cell growth

Our team of cancer specialists creates personalized treatment plans for every patient. Your plan may include one or a combination of these approaches:

As part of treatment, we apply some of the latest tools available to attack tumors and malignancies with precision, while protecting nearby healthy tissue. These include:

  • Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)
  • 4-D computed tomography
  • 3-D conformal radiation (3D-CRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

Types of cancer

We treat all cancers regardless of type and stage. Here are a few of the most common:

Nationally accredited for quality of care

Lutheran Medical Center has earned the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer Accreditation since 1983. This accreditation is only granted to facilities that voluntarily commit to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and that comply with all the Commission on Cancer standards. Lutheran Medical Center also achieved the organization’s National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers, which recognizes our dedication to evidence-based standards of excellence.

What to expect

From the little things, like convenient parking and an on-site laboratory and pharmacy, to the biggest, like the latest treatments and technologies, we work to support your needs so you can focus on one thing: getting better. We recognize and respect individual differences and preferences and tailor treatment and services to your unique situation. This includes integrative therapies such as acupuncture and massage, spiritual care and stress management.

We also partner with home care providers. If circumstances warrant, we provide compassionate end-of-life care focused on your comfort and quality of life.

Our cancer team

As a top center for clinical trials with the Colorado Cancer Research Program, Lutheran is home to a cancer care team with highly specialized expertise – including nurses with national certification in oncology. Each patient is empowered and encouraged to be an active participant and share in decision making about their care. You’ll receive individualized care from a team that feels like family. We also have a dedicated resource library for you and your loved ones’ use.

Navigating through the process

From support groups to financial assistance, our teams are readily available to help you navigate your cancer care and makes sense of what can be overwhelming and complex. Breast cancer navigators call patients within 12 hours of diagnosis to provide support and walk through next steps.

Hear from patients who’ve been there

Sometimes the most comforting words are from fellow cancer survivors. Learn directly from patients who’ve fought cancer and won.

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