St. Mary's Medical Center
Cancer Centers of Colorado
750 Wellington Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Understanding your disease is the first step toward finding the right care. If you’ve been diagnosed with a cancer of the blood (leukemia) or lymphatic system (lymphoma), every day counts. We help you review and understand your options quickly. Our compassionate care team provides in-depth expertise, and your nurse navigator will be with you every step of the way so you can begin treatment within days of your diagnosis.
Trust us for education, early detection and screening, steps to take after you’re diagnosed and what to expect during your cancer care journey.
Detection and diagnosis
Because symptoms of leukemia and lymphoma can mimic those of other illnesses, it’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor if you’re experiencing fatigue, weakness, fever, recurrent infections, swollen lymph nodes, lack of appetite or other symptoms that are unusual for you. If your doctor refers you for testing, we’ll work quickly to get a diagnosis. You may be sent for blood tests, a bone marrow test, or a biopsy to ensure we have a clear and complete understanding of your illness. A pathologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing diseases, will look at your cell samples to identify the presence of cancer.
Based on these test findings, you may need additional procedures, such as a lumbar puncture, or imaging services like CT scans, PET scans and X-rays, to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.