Cancer Program Expansion

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Comprehensive Cancer Program is expanding its Cancer Care Services across the metro Denver area on several different levels while being recognized for its ongoing excellence in patient care. 

  • P/SL has expanded its Blood Cancer Program with the creation of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI) and the expansion of the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (RMBMTP).

 

  • HealthONE and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center have acquired the free standing Cancer Care at Thornton (formerly known as the Cancer Care Center of Thornton) led by Medical Director, Kevin Schewe, MD, FACRO.

 

  • As a commitment to providing the highest quality cancer care, P/SL has also developed a new department, the Psychosocial Oncology Department, to better meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. 

 

  • In addition to these expansion elements, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Denver just received a Three Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC).

P/SL has expanded its blood and marrow transplant program with the creation of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI) and the expansion of the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (RMBMTP).


The Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (RMBMTP) performs more than 200 blood and marrow transplants a year.  In February 2011 we will perform our 2,000th transplant.  We offer the Rocky Mountain Region's largest full-service stem cell and bone marrow transplant program.  We perform autologous transplants and allogeneic transplants as well as a full range of cellular therapies, including DLIs and photopheresis for Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGVHD).

The Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Comprehensive Cancer Program is a Community Hospital Cancer Program approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. 

It includes:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic technology and surgical techniques including at PET/CT. 
  • Access to clinical trials and new treatment options for cancer patients
  • Team of more than 1,000 adult and pediatric cancer specialists representing more than 80 specialties
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) accreditation for our Bone Marrow Transplant program

 

The HealthONE Cancer Care at Thornton is a free standing $10 million facility that opened in 2008.  The program includes the Radiation Oncology Center of Thornton and the Thornton PET/CT, a department of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.  The PET/CT is the most technologically advanced imaging for the detection and evaluation of cancer. Physicians rely on whole-body PET/CT to accurately stage disease, evaluate response to treatment, and identify recurrences earlier than other imaging modalities. PET/CT images can be integrated into treatment planning systems so that radiation oncologists are able to better delineate the target for improved planning and precise treatment delivery.

Medical Director, Kevin L. Schewe, M.D., FACRO, is a board certified radiation oncologist.  Dr. Schewe has extensive expertise in treating a wide variety of cancers, offering patients the latest radiation therapy technologies.  “Our team includes radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, dosimetrists, radiation oncology nurses, and radiation therapists.  It’s an experienced team of providers that create a warm, caring environment for the patients and their families” said Dr. Kevin Schewe.  “We are privileged to join the HealthONE and Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Comprehensive Cancer Program with an already established free standing, state of the art facility in the north metro area.”

P/SL President and CEO, Mimi Roberson said, “The acquisition of Cancer Care at Thornton further exemplifies the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s commitment to providing the highest quality cancer care possible in the Rocky Mountain Region.  We are privileged to bring the Cancer Care at Thornton team into our full network of cancer care.”

While the cancer experience is physical in nature, it is also an emotional experience for patients and their loved ones.  Cancer gives rise to a number of psychological and social problems that, when not addressed can lead to increased distress.  As a commitment to providing the highest quality cancer care, the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Comprehensive Cancer Program has developed a new department, the Psychosocial Oncology Department, to better meet the psychosocial needs of cancer patients. 

The Department Director, Teri Simoneau, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized psychologist who is involved in research related to “chemo brain” and care giver stress.  Also in the department is P/SL Psychologist Athena Baca-Chieza, Psy.D., and the inpatient and outpatient social workers,  Janey Alpert, LCSW and Janet Spradley, LCSW.  The department also includes a well-established psychology postdoctoral training program and a new practicum training program for graduate students in clinical psychology. 

We are also privileged to announce in October 2010, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Denver received a Three Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Receiving care at the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s CoC accredited cancer program ensures a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive Care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) has more than 150 staff dedicated to cancer care.  P/SL is a referral center for a 6 state region for blood cancers, soft tissue and bone cancers, colon cancer, lung cancer and many other complex malignant diagnoses.   “This award is a validation of the P/SL Cancer Care Team’s efforts to consistently provide outstanding care.  This award recognizes that not only did we meet national standards for quality cancer care, but for each eligible standard we reached the highest level of achievement,” President and CEO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Mimi Roberson.  “This is a tremendous honor, as it is rare for an institution to have zero deficiencies, and rarer still to be commended for every level of the survey. Our program is blessed to be staffed by caregivers who are truly passionate about their patients, the service and care we provide, and the outcomes and research to which we are committed.”

The CoC was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons.  It’s a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard –setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.

Several of the standards that the Commission on Cancer created require cancer programs to dedicate resources for assisting patients to not only find the right treatment options but to also help them with the emotional, social, financial and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis.  CoC accredited programs have demonstrated that they provide these resources.

“This also shows that we enrolled a significant number of patients in clinical trials, offering them access to some of the most promising drug therapies,” Dr. Shawn Young, P/SL Cancer Committee Chair.   “This is the second time that we have received this honor, the first being 2007.  This level of accreditation with commendation from the CoC is so very important for each and every one of our patients.”

In Summary: Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Comprehensive Cancer Program is the overall cancer care service that now includes:

  • Colorado Blood Cancer Institute

o   Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

  • The HealthONE Thornton Cancer Care Center

o   Radiation Oncology Center of Thornton

o   Thornton PET/CT

  • Psychosocial Oncology Department at P/SL