Cancer support in Denver, CO
We’re the proud home of some of the most encompassing cancer support services in the Rocky Mountain region.
Our Cancer Resource Center offers a one-stop resource for cancer patients and their loved ones to find information and assistance. Any patient can call the Cancer Resource Center at (303) 788-2627 to speak with our nurses, dietitians and volunteers about resources and support services for cancer patients.
Patients are welcome to attend our free support group and educational classes that are held regularly. They can also speak with our specially trained staff about scheduling a meeting with Swedish health professionals.
A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. That’s why we have created a patient navigator program to streamline patient care and provide a single point of contact for patient and family needs. Specially trained oncology nurse navigators can help you access services during treatment and recovery. These may include integrative health services, like acupuncture and massage or care focused on relieving symptoms, pain, stress and suffering, which is provided alongside medical treatment. Our navigators craft medical survivorship plans for each patient. The plan includes the resources, remission instructions, warning symptoms, follow-up appointments, screening schedules and treatment dates for each patient’s journey through survivorship.
Patients also have access to a registered dietitian and can take advantage of our nutritional services. Some cancers require specific dietary changes, and patients can work one-on-one with our dietitian to establish an individualized diet plan that works for them. We also partner with Project Angel Heart, a free service that delivers nutritious meals to improve the quality of life for those coping with life-threatening illnesses.
Swedish is proud to partner with Oncology Rehab, an outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology clinic. We specialize in rehabilitation therapy to mitigate the development of long-term abnormalities resulting from oncology treatment. Early referral and addressing the complete rehabilitation needs of our patients with our unique body-systems approach allows us to treat multiple symptoms such as:
- Altered cognitive status
- Gait, balance and fall management
- Functional mobility
- Restricted range of motion
- Vestibular issues
While capturing patients early in their cancer treatments is our primary goal—in the acute phase of healing from surgery, during and immediately after radiation and during and immediately after chemotherapy—the Oncology Rehab team can work with any Swedish cancer patient in any phase or stage of care. We can help manage the conditions caused by your cancer treatment, even years later.
Call Oncology Rehab at (720) 306-8261 to make an appointment.
Do you need cancer rehabilitation?
If you have a cancer diagnosis, ask yourself the following questions to see if cancer rehabilitation is right for you:
- Are you lacking joint range of motion or having pain that may or may not be accompanied by swelling since cancer surgery?
- Are you having trouble getting your energy back or having disproportionate fatigue to your activity level after cancer treatments?
- Are you unsure of how much to safely exercise during or after your cancer treatments?
- Are you unsteady or dizzy with a fear or falling or experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet or hands since chemotherapy treatments?
- Are you experiencing “chemo brain” symptoms, such as difficulty finding words or slowed mental processing?
Cardiovascular rehabilitation and exercise program
Rooted in the protocols established by the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, our cardiovascular rehabilitation and exercise program spans all cancer diagnoses with the goal of reducing fatigue, improving cardio-respiratory performance, enhancing muscular strength and endurance and increasing flexibility and balance. We also offer Pilates-based rehabilitation and yoga exercise as part of our treatment options.
Our program is targeted to start at the sub-clinical level of lymphedema, which provides opportunity for the lymphatic system and/or the lymphedema condition and its symptoms to be significantly reduced if treatment is administered at this early stage of onset. We work with all oncology-based lymphedema.
Emotional support services
We work with patients to provide wigs, scarves, knit caps and other accessory items to help patients with their outward appearance, helping inspire confidence in a difficult time. We also partner with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program, open to all women undergoing cancer treatment. This program offers cancer patients the opportunity to learn beauty techniques including skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessorizing and styling. These classes are designed to help cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment.
Cancer support groups
When it comes to fighting your cancer battle—you are not alone! We offer a cancer support group for patients, survivors and caregivers.
Please join us at the Swedish Cancer Support Group for patients, survivors and caregivers. Our program meets monthly. Please call (303) 788-2627 to RSVP as well as to find out the date and location of the support group as they might vary from month to month.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.