Boulder Community Health is committed to providing our community with local access to an expansive range of up to date treatments for cancer.
We provide the highest quality inpatient care for acutely ill cancer patients and their families.
A comprehensive range of outpatient diagnostic and treatment services are available at the Tebo Family Medical Building on the Foothills Medical Campus. Outpatient services include the latest in diagnostic technologies, comprehensive medical and radiation therapies and access to the broadest range of clinical trials available in Colorado. The building also houses the Center for Integrative Care, which offers a host of complementary therapies (massage, acupuncture, healing touch, Reiki) designed to help the whole person—body, mind and spirit.
The Imaging Department plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating cancer. Foothills Hospital's radiologists have state-of-the-art equipment to use in making diagnoses, including:
- PET Scanner
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- CT scans
- nuclear medicine
- stereotactic breast biopsy
- BSGI (Breast Specific Gamma Imaging)
Enterostomal Therapy (Colostomy Care)
The hospital's enterostomal therapist works with patients who have bowel or bladder cancers to teach them ostomy care and wound and skin care.
Boulder Community Health maintains a cancer registry for Boulder and the surrounding areas. All cases of cancer that are diagnosed and treated are documented and entered into the registry database. Patient confidentiality is always maintained.
The cancer registry information is sent periodically to the State of Colorado. Physicians and researchers have access to this information to determine cancer incidence rates, treatment methods and cure rates in our local community, the state and the nation.
Board certified clinical and surgical pathologists in the hospital's laboratory analyze tissue samples to help physicians with tumor diagnosis and cancer care. Tissues received from surgery are analyzed for malignancy or premalignant conditions. For highly specialized tests, the hospital's pathologists have access to the major reference laboratory affiliated with the Mayo Clinic.
The BCH Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
Depression and physical problems caused by cancer or its treatment often make eating properly difficult. Good nutrition is essential for cancer patients to minimize weight loss and to improve their ability to withstand the physical stress of treatment.
Registered dietitians assess patients' nutritional needs and develop and monitor individualized nutrition programs.
Cancer patients have a designated pharmacist who reviews and monitors each patient's medical profile to ensure that drugs and dosages are appropriate. The pharmacist also reviews patient records to guard against potential problems, such as allergic reactions and drug interactions.
The staff pharmacist works closely with patients' physicians and serves as a drug information resource, helping to educate patients and family members about chemotherapy and special medications.
To help people adjust to the changes cancer brings to their lives, chaplains offer spiritual and emotional support, including prayer, sacraments and counseling. Upon request, the hospital chaplains coordinate with individual ministers, priests or rabbis in the community.
For information, click here program for the recovery of breast cancer patients
BCH's Mapleton Center offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services to help cancer patients with their recovery. Patients may receive therapy from one or more disciplines.
The staff assist patients with a variety of conditions, such as weakness related to lymphoma, neurological deficits caused by brain or spinal cord tumors, and speech deficits caused by tumors in the throat. Oncology patients who are significantly limited by pain have access to the Mapleton Center's Pain Management Program.
Clinical social workers assist with emotional, economic and social needs associated with cancer treatment and help find available community resources.
The creation of the Red Lipstick Fund was the brainstorm of three Boulder women—Helayne Jones, Anne Beer and Fran Ryan—who listened to their friend, Marsha Moritz, relate stories about the intense difficulty cancer patients had navigating through their treatment with limited resources.
Marsha would ask, “How can they do it—getting to and from chemo, picking up drugs, navigating the myriad of home chores, keeping appointments—without funds and personal support?” Marsha, who passed away from breast cancer in September 2010, was a role model for dignity, an inspiration and an advocate for helping those in need.
Helayne, Anne and Fran decided to act on Marsha’s inspiration and founded the Red Lipstick Fund, so named because Marsha always wore red lipstick. The mission of the Foundation-supported Red Lipstick Fund is to offer financial assistance to those in need and receiving treatment for cancer at the Tebo Cancer Center and Boulder Community Hospital. Gifts from the fund pay for such things as medication, shelter and access to food and heat—so there’s one less thing for a cancer patient to worry about.
Breast Health Navigator
To contact the BCH Breast Health Navigator
Nanna Bo Christensen, RN, CBCN, OCN
The Breast Health Navigator helps breast cancer patients and their families maneuver successfully through the health care system. Our Breast Health Navigator is a trained oncology nurse who provides emotional support and helps guide patients through their breast cancer treatment, from diagnosis to recovery and beyond.
The Breast Health Navigator serves as a personal advocate for patients, helping to guide them through all the treatment options available. He or she also stays in constant communication with the patient’s primary care physician, oncologist, radiologist and surgeon throughout the treatment process.
The navigator also is a support and resource provider for patients with breast cancer, available to provide emotional support for both patients and families. The navigator also leads and facilitates support groups for patients and their families. The Breast Health Navigator can recommend resources and provide referrals to social workers, psychologists, support and medical staff.
Much of the Breast Health Navigator’s time is spent on patient education, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment options. The navigator serves as a triage manager to assess the patient’s educational and social needs and to refer the patient to the proper resources.
The Breast Health Navigator provides this same resource for physicians and nurses, educating other medical personnel about benign and malignant diseases and their treatment as well as about the patients’ emotional and social recovery. The navigator also gives public lectures on early detection of breast disease and breast exam skills.
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