Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or fill out the askSARAH contact form to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.

Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic

A strong relationship with the Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic means oncology patients at Swedish Medical Center have access to novel therapies through one of the largest early phase clinical trial programs in the world. The Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic brings together the most innovative medical minds and resources to advance science and deliver personalized, compassionate care.

The Phase 1 Sarah Cannon Clinic is a global leader in cancer research with more than:

  • 200 unique agents in trial each year
  • 220 first-in-man trials conducted
  • Two-thirds of approved cancer therapies featuring Sarah Cannon as a clinical trial leader over the last 10 years

Together, our cancer network is providing physician-led and patient-centric care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients—a number unmatched by any single cancer center.

Cancer care center in Denver, CO

Getting a cancer diagnosis is scary and can cause a roller coaster of emotions. Sarah Cannon at Swedish Medical Center offers cutting-edge oncology treatment, providing complete cancer care for the entire individual and creating a personalized plan that fits his/her needs.

We offer comprehensive treatment for all cancer types, with specialized programs for brain and spinal cord, breast, gynecologic, liver and pancreas, skull base tumors, lung and skin. Each of our disease-specific programs meet standards of excellence to ensure the highest quality of care while offering the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available.

Interdisciplinary team of oncology experts

While advanced technology is critical to providing expert cancer treatment, so are multi-faceted conferences and nurse navigation to ensure the patient has a personalized treatment plan and is supported through every step of their cancer journey. We have a team of experts who meet weekly and care for you from first diagnosis to survivorship and ongoing surveillance to help monitor your health.

Patient navigation

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.

Cancer support

Our Cancer Resource Center offers information and assistance to patients and their l oved ones. 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.

Accredited cancer programs you can trust

Our programs offer participation in leading edge clinical trials and boast competitive patient outcomes. We have earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (AoCS) and Joint Commission and we are recognized by the AoCS as a commission on cancer-approved program for the many cancer types we treat and the numbers of specialists on staff to best diagnose and treat these cancers. Additionally, the Joint Commission recently awarded Swedish a Gold Seal in pancreatic and lung cancer care.

Cancers we treat

Swedish’s cancer care center has a team of experts who are focused on clinical excellence and patient outcomes.Below is a list of the cancers we are experienced in treating:

  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin's and Non-Hodgkin's)
  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Nasal city and paranasal sinus
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Oral cavity and oropharyngeal
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic
  • Penile
  • Pituitary
  • Prostate
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Salivary gland
  • Sarcoma—adult soft tissue
  • Skin
  • Small intestine
  • Stomach
  • Testicular
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid
  • Uterine sarcoma
  • Vaginal
  • Vulvar
  • Wilms tumor

Robotic surgery for cancer treatment

We pride ourselves on providing the most progressive treatment possible. Our gynecologic oncology and prostate cancer programs both utilize the highly advanced, minimally invasive da Vinci® surgical robot for appropriate cases.

Robotic surgery is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view and better control. This advanced technology allows the doctors to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings, resulting in:

  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

NanoKnife for cancer treatment

Swedish is one of the first hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region to offer the NanoKnife cancer treatment system to destroy cancerous tumors without high heat or extreme cold, making it safe for sensitive areas.

The NanoKnife cancer treatment system has been successful in the treatment of cancers of the pancreas, liver, colon and bile ducts. This minimally invasive treatment option places Swedish’s Center for Diseases of the Liver & Pancreas at the forefront of cancer treatment.

How the NanoKnife cancer treatment system works

Computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound imaging techniques guide two or more fine-needle electrodes around the tumor. The electrodes deliver a series of high-voltage, low-energy direct currents to create nano-size defects in the cell membrane, leading to cell death. 

What sets NanoKnife cancer treatment apart?

  • Effectively treats tumors without damaging surrounding critical structures or vessels
  • Provides an option for patients that have a tumor in difficult-to-treat areas and who are not good candidates for surgery
  • Patients may have less pain and scarring than other traditional ablation options
  • Patients may experience a quicker recovery time than traditional surgery
  • The NanoKnife system is cleared by the FDA for the surgical ablation of soft tissue

If you would like to find out more about the NanoKnife system and Swedish Cancer Care Center, please contact us at (303) 788-3478.

Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery

Swedish's stereotactic radiosurgery is often called "knifeless" brain surgery and often provides treatment options for formerly "inoperable" tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery delivers doses of pinpointed radiation to treat brain tumors and other neurological diseases with minimal damage to normal brain tissue.

Benefits of stereotactic radiosurgery

  • Safe, accurate, reliable and non-invasive outpatient procedure
  • Patients experience virtually no pain, discomfort or side effects
  • Lower incidence of postoperative complications, infections and internal hemorrhage
  • Patients are usually discharged within 12 hours, reducing the cost of treatment compared to traditional brain surgery
  • Patients usually return to pre-operative lifestyle the day following the procedure
  • Covered by Medicare and most insurance providers

Radiation oncology

A less invasive treatment option that uses radiation to treat cancer cells, radiation oncology is often used alongside surgery and chemotherapy. Using advanced imaging tools, radiation treatment is targeted to affected cells with minimal damage to healthy tissue.

Skin cancer care

One out of seven people in the U.S. will develop some form of skin cancer. Just one serious sunburn can increase your risk by as much as 50 percent.

The Swedish Melanoma and Complex Skin Cancer Treatment Center uses an aggressive approach to diagnosis and treatment. Our team is made up of many different kinds of specialists that work together using the latest treatments available. Each patient’s experience and outcome is a priority. We have a patient care coordinator who works closely with the patient and family to give support and resources.

Screening and diagnosis

No matter your skin color or race, regular screening is important. Everybody should get a full-body skin cancer screening every year. Early detection and proper treatment of skin cancer are very important to increase the ability of curing the cancer.

Take steps to protect your skin. Call us at (303) 788-6717 for more skin cancer information or to schedule an appointment.

Mohs micrographic surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer that offers the highest potential for recovery. An advanced procedure, Mohs surgery allows specially trained dermatologists to see beyond the visible disease and precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Mohs is most often used to treat two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. According to the American College of Mohs surgery, the cure rate is the highest of all treatments for skin cancer—up to 95 percent—even if other forms of treatment have failed. This procedure minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

Call our team at (866) 779-3347 for more information about Mohs or to schedule an appointment.

Skull base tumors

We are one of the few facilities in the country with a dedicated program for skull base tumors. Through our comprehensive skull base program, board-certified specialized physicians and cutting-edge treatment options offer patients the best skull base tumor care available.

The “skull base” refers to the bottom of the skull or plate of the bone upon which the brain sits. Skull base tumors may form in the areas below the skull base, such as the nasal sinus, inner ear or the bones of the skull base.

Skull base tumor symptoms and treatments

Skull base tumors can either be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) and can cause a variety of symptoms, which include:

  • Altered sense of smell
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring sinus problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Weakness, numbness or pain in the face

When a patient arrives with one or more of these symptoms, our physicians may utilize a variety of diagnostic tests. We have imaging capabilities specific for skull base tumors, including CT or CAT scans, MRIs, bone scans or PET scans.

Skull base tumor treatment approach

Our clinical team treats specific skull base tumors with a variety of surgical procedures, radiation oncology treatment and chemotherapy. We offer several options for surgical removal of skull base tumors, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Open incision surgical techniques
  • Interventional neuroradiology treatment


Lymphedema is a condition resulting from impaired flow of the lymphatic system causing swelling or a collection of fluid in the arms or legs. Lymphedema patients may feel their rings, watches or bracelets are too tight and restricted flexibility in their wrists, hands and ankles.

Often a side effect of cancer treatment where lymph nodes are removed, lymphedema can also be brought on by certain cancer-fighting treatments like tamoxifen and radiation therapy. Additionally, primary lymphedema can be present at birth or develop during puberty or adulthood and the cause is unknown.

At Swedish, we treat the whole patient. Offering both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, our truly comprehensive program combines innovative technique with traditional treatments and cutting-edge technology to treat every individual.

How is lymphedema treated?

There is no cure for lymphedema, but it can be treated through early diagnosis, care by a specialized healthcare team and patient attention to the affected limb.

Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Manual drainage
  • Massage
  • Compression garments
  • Skin care
  • Exercise
  • Diet

Surgical treatment options include:

  • Lymph node transfer (microsurgical procedure)
  • Lymphovenous bypass
  • Lymphedema liposuction