Cancer Care at St. Mary’s 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.

St. Mary’s offers the choices in treatment and technology you’d expect from a major academic center but with a much more personal touch – and all in your own backyard. For most cancers, you can receive all the care you need right here in Grand Junction. From the moment you receive a diagnosis to post-treatment, you will 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 that 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:

  • Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator
  • Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)
  • 4-D computed tomography
  • 3-D conformal radiation (3D-CRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)

Types of cancer

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

Nationally recognized and accredited

St. Mary’s is the only Commission on Cancer accredited comprehensive cancer center in Western Colorado. This American College of Surgeon 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. As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, St. Mary’s Wilma B. Bacon Mammography Center at Pavilion Imaging is held to the highest level of imaging quality and safety.

What to expect

Everything we do aims to extend or maximize each precious life we encounter. When you enter our doors, you’ll be greeted by a caring team of professionals devoted to protecting and nurturing your hopes and dreams for the future.

Our cancer team

St. Mary’s is home to a cancer care team with highly specialized expertise – including nurses with national certifications 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.

Clinical trials

St. Mary’s teams up with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help fund cancer clinical trials through 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 our patients can participate in NCI-sponsored research. We monitor all cancer clinical trials being proposed and conducted and discuss possible participation with patients who qualify.

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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