Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo
The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center.
When you are faced with a serious illness, we are here for you and your loved ones.
As a full service Cancer Center, the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin serves Pueblo and Southern Colorado with comprehensive cancer care. Our broad spectrum of services includes cancer screenings and prevention, early diagnosis from our oncology specialists, varying treatment options and support services. Our continuum of care spans before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.
We are proud to offer advanced radiation therapy, national research for prevention and treatment through clinical trials, genetic counseling and symptom management. These services, combined with modern technology and compassionate cancer care professionals, make us the most comprehensive Cancer Center in Southern Colorado.
Accredited by the American College of Surgeons, we are known for our expert oncology professionals, state-of-the-art diagnostic services and equipment, and utilization of the latest cancer resources and treatments. The Dorcy Cancer Center also contains a cancer resource library that serves as a community resource for cancer topics, and is a dedicated LIVESTRONGTM Survivorship Center of Excellence community affiliate.
Association of Community Cancer Centers honors the Dorcy Cancer Center for its Comprehensive Team Approach for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
Innovator Award Video
The Dorcy Cancer Center received the 2012 ACCC Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) which honors ACCC-member cancer programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and replicable models. ACCC is the leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer. Only eight cancer programs nationwide were selected to receive a 2012 ACCC Innovator Award, the Dorcy Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Colorado to receive this prestigious award for its Cancer Assessment Resource Education Survivorship (C.A.R.E.S.) program, which addresses the unique quality-of-life issues faced by patients with head and neck cancers, including difficulties with communication and swallowing, tooth decay, weight loss and lymphedema.
The diagnosis of cancer associated with the head and neck presents unique challenges for the patient that may significantly affect the quality of life. The C.A.R.E.S. program provides a comprehensive approach to assist patients during radiation to minimize the side effects. The multidisciplinary team includes nurse care managers, a dental hygienist, physical therapist, speech therapist, nutritionist, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, radiation therapist, and palliative care team that assess each patient before radiotherapy and continue to support the patient into survivorship. The program has increased the number of specialty services for cancer patients under one roof, decreased the number of breaks in radiation treatments, and provided opportunities for collaboration among disciplines to better meet patient needs.
In the United States, over 50,000 cases are expected in 2012. Tobacco (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol use are the most important risk factors for head and neck cancers. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone. Over the past decade, an increasing number of young, non- smokers have developed mouth and throat cancer associated with the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Just last month, the C.A.R.E.S. program hosted a free oral, head and neck cancer screening and education day for nearly 100 people at risk. Another 100 people were on a waiting list and will be screened in May.
The St. Mary-Corwin Foundation honored The Reverend Roger Patrick Dorcy posthumously when the hospital's Board of Trustees and Foundation Board announced that the new cancer center would be named in his honor in November 2005.