Cancer Centers of Colorado

At the Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers of Colorado, we fight each and every day to improve the lives of anyone affected by cancer. Our 87,600 square foot building is the area's newest integrated, cancer diagnostic and treatment facility on a major medical campus.

With the latest medical technology, best physician care, and our culture of caring for patients, we will be here to support you throughout the entire cancer journey.

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We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care based on the latest medical knowledge. We also provide patients and their loved ones a full complement of support services. We have centralized a vast array of outpatient services under one roof, making care more convenient, efficient, and effective.

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Medical Oncology and Hematology

Highly-trained medical oncologists diagnose and treat patients who may have any variety of blood malignancies and tumors.

Using chemotherapy or biological agents, alone or in conjunction with surgery, our physicians offer a full range of treatment therapies to combat these diseases.

The board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians are Richard Hesky, MD, medical director of the Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers of Colorado and medical oncology, Sarah Conlon, MD, medical director of the Infusion Center, Gary Britt, MD, Deborah Cook, MD, Kerry Fisher, MD, and Alice Luknic, MD. We also have an oncology trained nurse practitioner, Janelle Wagner, RN, MS, FNP, AOCNP.

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Radiation Oncology

By combining the latest and most advanced linear accelerator, leading edge treatment planning equipment with the a team of highly experienced physicians and radiation therapy team, Good Samaritan Medical Center's radiation oncology is Colorado's most trusted center for radiation therapy.

Ari Ballonoff, MD, SCL Health System Front Range Radiation Oncology medical director, and Andrew Knight, MD, Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers of Colorado radiation oncology medical director, lead the team of seven board-certified radiation oncologists which include, Mark Chidel, MD, James Jacobs, MD, Michelle Klem, MD, Brandon Patton, MD, and Christopher Sohayda, MD.

The center continues to add the latest leading edge technology to its arsenal, recently demonstrated by the installation of Varian Medical System's latest linear accelerator—the TrueBeamTM.

Treatment therapies offered at Good Samaritan Medical Center include:

  • External Beam Radiotherapy (XRT)
  • 3-dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3D-CRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) (Coming in 2014)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) (Coming 2014)

For Partial Breast Irradiation (PBI), High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) and Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy (LDR) services, your physician and medical team will coordinate these services to be performed at our sister site, Saint Joseph Hospital.

Cancer Support Services

Cancer support services at the Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers of Colorado are available to help patients and their families manage the impact of cancer and its treatment. We are a compassionate and experienced team of specially-trained clinicians focused on helping you and your loved ones cope with the challenges of cancer.

Services offered:

  • Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Integrative medicine
  • Nutrition services
  • Oncology rehabilitation services
  • Quality of life screening to identify your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
  • Social work services
  • Spiritual care support
  • Support and education groups

To reach our patient and family support services, please call 303-673-1622.

Integrative Oncology

Integrative medicine is an approach to patient care that takes a person's body, mind, and spirit into account. We place a strong emphasis on optimizing lifestyle factors that support healing. We encourage the use of complementary modalities to help manage symptoms and side effects, reduce stress and improve overall outcomes and quality of life.

Center for Integrative Medicine at Good Samaritan Medical Center supports you through your cancer treatment. We offer these integrative therapies to patients and family members for stress management, prevention and reduction in side effects due to cancer treatment and continued encouragement of well-being. These therapies include:

  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that has been used for over 3,000 years for a wide variety of treatments. It may aid those who suffer from side effects chemotherapy or radiation such as nausea, fatigue, insomnia, or pain. Acupuncture may alleviate both chronic and acute symptoms because it addresses the body and the patient as a whole, rather than as separate pieces. Acupuncture may also be used by caregivers to reduce stress and fatigue. We offer acupuncture in one-on-one appointments or in a group setting.
  • Exercise consultation
    Our exercise consultation is for any cancer survivors who would like to start an exercise program or have questions about how to return to their previous exercise program. Physical assessment and prescription will include endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Exercise can help patients recover their strength and confidence in their body after cancer treatment.
  • Gentle restorative yoga
    Gentle restorative yoga is a class where students can explore movement and breathing in a calm, safe environment. The restorative yoga class is suitable for people of all ages, ability levels, and experience with yoga.
  • Healing Touch™
    Healing Touch is a non-invasive therapy that emphasizes compassionate, heart-centered care in which the Healing Touch provider and client are equal partners in facilitating health and healing. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony, energy, and balance within the human energy system. Healing Touch can be used to reduce anxiety and pain, facilitate healing, and increase the relaxation response.
  • Massage
    Message therapy is one of the oldest and most basic healing treatments. In cancer treatment, massage can help increase immunity, relieve pain, regulate digestion, and decrease anxiety—all things present in the experience and treatment of many cancer conditions. Massage is one of the most diversified treatments of any holistic therapy and fits seamlessly into an integrative treatment plan. Our therapists are specially-trained in oncology massage and lymphedema massage to address every patient concern.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat diseases, such as cancer. Any person who takes part in cancer clinical trials has an opportunity to contribute to scientists’ knowledge about cancer and to help in the development of improved cancer treatments.

All new patients at Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers of Colorado are screened for potential candidacy and participation in clinical trials. If a new patient is a candidate for one of the treatment trials, his or her doctor is notified and further investigation is done.

We also refer patients to the University of Colorado for clinical trials for which they may be a candidate. Our psychosocial team also offers participation in research studies. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials, please talk with your cancer care doctor. You can also find more information here »