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.
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.
Our comprehensive services for cancer begin with prevention and screening. To detect and monitor cancer, we offer advanced technology, including:
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:
We treat all cancers regardless of type and stage. Here are a few of the most common:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes the most comforting words are from fellow cancer survivors. Learn directly from patients who’ve fought cancer and won.
Cancer treatment often comes with side effects, including pain, fatigue and limitations on physical abilities. Through St. Mary’s STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) Program, you have access to coordinated cancer care rehabilitation supported by a team of trained healthcare professionals. We’ll help you manage side effects and enhance your quality of life.
Our board-certified genetic counselor offers genetic counseling and risk assessment for hereditary cancers. Cancer genetic risk counseling includes education about genes linked to cancer, an evaluation of your family’s history with cancer, discussion of testing procedures and their benefits and limitations, and review of ethical concerns related to genetic testing and its impact on family members.
Our healing therapies include meditation and stress reduction during treatment as well as nutrition classes. We collaborate with other therapies within the hospital to offer jewelry-making (art therapy), mindfulness, yoga, pet therapy, healing touch and massage, and acupuncture.
We aim to make patients as comfortable as possible. While palliative care may be a part of end-of-life care, it can also benefit patients at any stage of cancer treatment. Our services focus on improving quality of life, helping with decision making and providing emotional support to patients and their families.
St. Mary’s Medical Center offers support groups for all cancer patients and their families. You can join one even if you were treated for cancer elsewhere. Many groups include long-term survivors who are a source of insight and encouragement.