Specialties

  • Cancer Types & Treatments

  • Cancer treatment is highly specific, depending on the type of cancer that is found, the size of the cancer, where it has spread, other medical problems you may have and personal choices you make. Some treatments may require a hospital stay while others can be accomplished on an outpatient basis. Specific treatments have been broken down by cancer type below.
  • There are two main types of brain cancer. Primary brain cancer starts in the brain. Metastatic brain cancer starts somewhere else in the body and moves to the brain. Brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly. Achieving the best outcome for patients takes coordination of care between surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, and may require support from physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

    Learn more about brain cancer.


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Or a combination of treatments

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Neurosurgery

    • Ali Murad, MD
    • Raymond Lilly, MD
    • Keith Norvill, DO
    • Dexter Koons, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of support services

    Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the ducts. Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules is called lobular carcinoma and is often found in both breasts more than are other types of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer in which the breast is warm, red, and swollen. Breast cancer may be invasive or noninvasive. Invasive means it has spread from the milk duct or lobule to other tissues in the breast. Noninvasive means it has not yet invaded other breast tissue. Noninvasive breast cancer is called "in situ." 

    Learn more about breast cancer.


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy (add link to technology page)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Hormone therapy 
    • Targeted therapy
    • Or a combination of treatment

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Genetic Counseling
    The genetic counselors at the Dorcy Cancer Center are experts inherited cancer. They use medical and family history to determine your risk to develop certain types of cancers. They can also help you decide if genetic lab testing is right for you. Call 719-557-4252 or 719-776-5279 to schedule an appointment or ask about our genetic counseling services. Learn more about genetic counseling.


    Navigation Team
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has a team to help guide you throughout your experience with cancer. Our dedicated breast nurse navigator can serve as a resource for education on breast care and breast health, while a dedicated breast imaging navigator will help guide you through your diagnostic treatment. 

    Our breast imaging navigator can be reached at (719) 557-5931 by pressing option 3 and our breast nurse navigator can be reached at (719)557-4301. 


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Breast Surgery

    • Stephen Girard, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Breast Cancer Specific Support Services

    Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group is a nurturing group for women with advanced breast cancer. Women will have the opportunity to expand their coping skills, share emotions and experiences, and have an extra layer of support with others on this journey. Come join us every first and third Tuesday each month at 1:00 pm in the Dorcy Cancer Center. For more information or to RSVP please call Sierra Roberts, BSW 719-557-4236.

    A.B.C. (After Breast Cancer): Come and join us for a time of sharing, encouragement, education and support. This group is especially designed for women who have had breast cancer. A.B.C. meets every Thursday from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm in the Healing Arts room in the Dorcy Cancer Center. Call 719-557-5510 for more information.

    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Colon, or colorectal, cancer is cancer that starts in the large intestine (colon) or the rectum (end of the colon). According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, early diagnosis can often lead to a complete cure.

    Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.

    Learn more about colon and rectal cancer


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy (add link to technology page)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Or a combination of treatment

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Genetic Counseling 
    Genetic Counseling may be appropriate for people who have

    • Multiple relatives on one side of the family with colorectal, endometrial, or other gastrointestinal cancers.
    • Colorectal cancer before age 50.
    • More than 10 colorectal polyps in their lifetime.

     

    These features increase the chance for an inherited predisposition to colorectal cancer.  

    The most common cause of inherited colorectal cancer is Lynch syndrome. People who have Lynch syndrome have a significantly increased risk of developing colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, and other gastrointestinal cancers. They also have a slightly increased risk of developing cancer of the urinary tract, brain, hepatobiliary tract, pancreas, and for sebaceous adenomas. 

    All colorectal cancers with enough tissue specimens are screened for Lynch syndrome at the St. Mary Corwin Pathology Department. The screening results are shared with the patient’s surgeon.  

    Not all screen-positive tumors are due to Lynch syndrome. Additional testing of the tumor and/or blood is needed to confirm the diagnosis. Genetic counselors can help complete the genetic workup after a screen-positive tumor is found.  Call 719-557-4252 or 719-776-5279 to schedule an appointment or ask about genetic counseling services.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Diagnostic screening physicians

    • Dr. Camille Azar, MD
    • Dr. Joseph Edelson, MD

     

    Colorectal Surgery 

    • Gary Lane, MD
    • Stephen Girard, MD
    • Lonnie Imlay, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD


    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Head and neck cancer is a type of cancer that arises in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx. At the Dorcy Cancer Center, our treatment goals include retaining the patient's ability to speak, eat, smell and breathe in an acceptable manner. Achieving these goals requires the coordination of care between surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, as well as support disciplines such as pathology, diagnostic imaging, dentistry, and physical and speech therapists.

    Learn more about Head & Neck Cancer


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery 
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Or a combination of treatments

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Otorhinolaryngology

    • Julie Newburg, MD
    • Esperanza Salazar, MD
    • Charlene Hickson, MD
    • Brian Dodds, MD
    • Clifford Howe, MD
    • Richard Salazar, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Specialized Support Services

    C.A.R.E.S.
    C.A.R.E.S. (Cancer Assessment Resources Education and Survivorship), was developed by Dorcy Cancer Center experts to specifically address the unique quality-of-life issues faced by patients receiving radiation treatment for head and neck cancers. In 2012, the program was one of just eight cancer centers in the U.S., and the only one in Colorado to receive the prestigious Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). The award honors programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and replicable models.

    The multidisciplinary C.A.R.E.S. team provides education, direct patient care services and resources from diagnosis through survivorship, including counseling, dental hygiene, physical and speech therapy, spiritual care, financial assistance, lymphedema care, nutrition consults, supervised exercise, and wellness classes. For more information, please call (719) 557-5851.

    S.P.O.H.N.C. (Support For People of Head and Neck Cancer) 
    Head and neck cancer patients face more challenges than patients with any other cancer. It is important to have a safe place where people can connect and share similar experiences they are facing. By joining this group, you will be able to connect with peers who share similar experiences, build connectedness, and have a support system. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Healing Arts room in the Dorcy Cancer Center.  Please RSVP by calling (719) 557-5851.

    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Hematologic cancers (cancers of the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes) include leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Each year, more than 100,000 cases of hematologic cancers are diagnosed in the United States

    Learn more about hematologic cancers.


    Treatment options include:

    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Or a combination of treatments. 

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the type and stage of the cancer, and the person’s age and general health. 


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Lung cancer is a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than do colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. 

    Learn more about lung cancer.


    Treatment options include: 

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy (add link to technology page)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Or a combination of treatments

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Pulmonologists 

    • Joshiah Gordon, DO
    • Craig Shapiro, MD
    • Marcel Junqueira, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Specialized Support Services
    Support Group for Lung Cancer Patients is a safe and comfortable environment designed to meet each individual patients’ needs. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Dorcy Cancer Center. All patients and their supporters are welcome to join. Please RSVP by calling (719) 557-5989.

    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men and is typically a very slow growing tumor, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Most men with prostate cancer die of other causes -- many without ever realizing that they have the disease. But once prostate cancer begins to grow more rapidly or spreads outside the prostate, it is very dangerous.

    Learn more about prostate cancer.


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery (including minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery)
    • Radiation therapy (add link to technology page)
    • Chemotherapy
    • Hormone therapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • SpaceOar® System
    • Or a combination of treatments

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Urology

    • Tony, Feliz, MD
    • Alan Bickel, MD
    • Christopher Louie, MD
    • Richard Brownrigg, MD
    • Eric Richter, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Prostate Cancer Specific Support Services

    Southern Colorado Us TOO Chapter 
    Men you are not alone, you now have a specific prostate Cancer Support Group.  Us TOO meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Dorcy Cancer Center from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Bring your spouse or friend, refreshments and snacks are provided.  Call (719) 557-5889 to RSVP or for more information.

    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

    Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and most often develops on skin exposed to the sun but can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. There are three major types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

    Learn more about skin cancer.


    Treatment options include:

    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Or a combination of treatments.

     

    The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact type of cancer, size, depth, location and the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health.


    Our Team:
    The Dorcy Cancer Center has an expert team of oncology professionals ready to lead your fight against cancer.

    Dermatologists

    • Sharon Kessler, MD
    • Krystal Holderness-Nakamura, MD
    • James Twede, MD
    • Kim Dernovsek, MD
    • Iftikhar Ahmed, MD

     

    Medical Oncology

    • Travis Archuleta, MD
    • Muath Dawod, MD
    • Alonso Pacheco, MD
    • Sofyan Radaideh, MD

     

    Radiation Oncology

    • John Stageberg, MD
    • Geoffrey Johnson, MD

     


    Wide Array of Support for Patients and Families
    From diagnosis through survivorship, the cancer journey can be very taxing for patients and their families. The Dorcy Cancer Center offers education and support through our resource library and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Oncology Patients through Education and Support). H.O.P.E.S is a comprehensive series of support groups and services providing education and healing opportunities. Check out our complete list of  support services

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