Advanced radiation treatment in Denver

Radiation therapy is a minimally invasive treatment utilizing high-energy X-rays to treat abnormal cells. In most cases, radiation is used to treat cancer, but other conditions may be treated as well. Denver Radiation Oncology at Rose Medical Center is focused on providing high quality, collaborative, patient-centered cancer care using the most advanced radiation therapies available.

For more information, please call Denver Radiation Oncology at Rose Medical Center at (303) 320-7006.

One of the primary goals of radiation therapy is to cure cancer by eliminating the tumor, reducing the risk of cancer cells after surgery or chemotherapy or to shrink the tumor prior to surgery. Another goal of radiation is to reduce symptoms caused by tumors to improve quality of life.

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Radiation treatments

Denver Radiation Oncology at Rose is one of the only facilities in the state to offer stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS, which is a single-day procedure that delivers a large dose of precisely placed high-energy X-ray beams to shrink or control the growth of a tumor.

Rose is also among the only hospitals in Denver to offer a prone breast board for breast cancer patients’ treatment. Using the prone breast board, patients lie on their stomachs, rather than on their backs, which allows the healthy breast to stay closer to the body, better isolating the tumor. It also minimizes radiation to the surrounding organs such as the heart and lungs.

We offer many treatments, including some that are not available through other providers. Our radiation treatments include:

  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT): IORT is a breast cancer treatment that involves a patient being able to complete an entire dose of radiation therapy during their lumpectomy surgery.
  • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT): EBRT delivers high dose radiation to the targeted area from an angle. This delivery system shapes the radiation beam to the exact dimensions and contour of the target.
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): IMRT delivers a sculpted dose of radiation that matches the exact three-dimensional shape of the target.
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT): IGRT is the use of imaging on the radiation table for the purpose of improving precision and accuracy of treatment while minimizing radiation to healthy surrounding tissue.
  • Respiratory gating: This type of radiation therapy takes into consideration the movement of breaths during radiation treatment and works to ensure treatment is delivered at the most optimal time throughout a respiratory cycle.
  • High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy: HDR brachytherapy delivers radiation treatment from the inside, as opposed to externally. This is commonly referred to as internal radiation treatment.
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): SBRT is used to precisely treat tumors that are located anywhere in the body with pinpoint accuracy, allowing for significantly higher doses of radiation to be delivered in fewer treatments.
  • Prone breast board: Prone breast radiation is a unique way to administer EBRT. The board is designed to position patients on their stomach, so healthy breast tissue is isolated away from the body.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS): SRS delivers a large dose of precisely placed, high-energy X-ray beams to shrink or control the growth of a tumor.
  • Deep inspiration breath holding technique (DIBH): DIBH is a method of delivering radiotherapy to the left breast, as there can be concerns about incidental radiation to the heart.
  • Radiopharmaceuticals delivery: A radiopharmaceutical is a cancer drug that targets cancer cells and gives off radiation to kill these cells and spare healthy cells.

Electronic brachytherapy

Electronic brachytherapy is a treatment that involves precise placement of a radiation source internally. This allows for a high dose of radiation to be directed at a specific site within the body, while allowing for greater protection of the normal tissues in the surrounding areas.

Rose Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in Denver to offer the Xoft® Axxent® electronic brachytherapy (eBx) system for the treatment of breast cancer. This technology gives eligible cancer patients a more convenient and comfortable alternative to traditional radiation therapy.

Benefits of Axxent® HDR eBx technology:

  • The radiation source is X-rays, instead of radioactive material, and has the potential to minimize radiation exposure of surrounding healthy tissues during treatment.
  • The lower-energy X-ray technology allows medical care providers to be in the room with a patient during treatment—an approach which can be comforting to patients.
  • There is less need for special handling of hazardous materials related to cancer treatments performed with the system because the Axxent® system does not use radioactive isotopes.

Denver Radiation Oncology team

Our radiation oncology team develops every patient’s treatment plan while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding a tumor.

Our team is made up of the following providers:

  • Radiation therapists: The radiation therapist is responsible for maintaining and operating the treatment machine and administering your scheduled treatments. Our radiation therapists attended accredited radiation therapy programs throughout the country and currently hold certifications from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
  • Nurses: The radiation oncology nurse team works closely with physicians to provide care for you and your family during treatment. The nursing staff will explain side effects and what to expect during the course of treatment. They are available for questions throughout your treatment.
  • Medical physicist: A medical physicist is responsible for developing and directing quality control programs for radiation equipment and procedures. They ensure your treatment plan is delivered properly and safely.
  • Dosimetrist: The dosimetrist helps the radiation oncologist craft the treatment plan, calculating the appropriate dose of radiation using a sophisticated software program.
  • Social worker: A social worker is available to provide a variety of supportive services to you and your family, which may include home healthcare, transportation and financial and emotional support.
  • Dietitians: A registered dietitian is available to help you maintain a healthy diet during treatment. Sometimes radiation in certain areas can affect your appetite, and a dietitian is available with recipes, menu suggestions and supplements.
  • Oncology nurse navigator: This specially trained nurse can answer questions, provide information about treatment, monitor your health during treatment and help you manage side effects.

What to expect with radiation therapy

Each patient will meet with a radiation oncologist for a consultation and physical examination to discuss options and benefits of radiation therapy treatments. A medical exam and past family/medical history will determine correct options for treatment.

If radiation therapy is pursued, patients will be set up with a simulation appointment, where a CT scan will be performed for treatment planning. This scan allows us to develop exact positioning throughout your course of radiation therapy.

Next, the dosimetrist, a member of the Denver Radiation Oncology team, will review your information and design a custom treatment plan, which will outline the precise location of treatment. The dosimetrist works very closely with the radiation oncologist to deliver your treatment plan in the best way possible.

Before your radiation treatment begins, you will come back for one more verification or “dry run” day. This day is very similar to what your treatment will be like, but no radiation treatment will be delivered.

During your course of radiation therapy, an oncology nurse will be available at all times to assist you with any needs. You will see the radiation oncologist once weekly for a quick visit.

Complementary cancer therapies

Randomized, controlled studies indicate that complementary therapies can control treatment-related physical and emotional symptoms, including pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression in cancer patients. While these therapies are not intended to treat the cancer itself, they may ease some patients’ side effects and improve quality of life. Our integrative, complementary therapies include:

  • Massage: This therapy is offered on a weekly basis for 30 minutes by an oncology-trained massage therapist.
    • Benefits may include alleviated pain, improved range of motion, less symptoms of depression and anxiety and increased flow of oxygen and other nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Acupuncture: This therapy is offered a few times a week by a licensed acupuncturist.
    • Benefits may include improved feeling of well-being, decreased anxiety, improved sleep, reduced pain and less nausea, vomiting, numbness and neuropathy pain.

Radiation oncology office information

Denver Radiation Oncology at Rose Medical Center, together with our partners at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, is a leading program delivering some of the most advanced radiation therapy options in the state of Colorado. We are thankful you have chosen us to help you through your journey. Our goal is to ensure your experience with us is exceptional and to deliver the highest quality care.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any way that we can be of additional service to you and your family.

We offer complimentary valet parking at the Hale Parkway entrance and dedicated radiation oncology patient parking in a flat lot across from Dahlia.

Denver Radiation Oncology is open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You can reach us at our main office number at (303) 320-7006. Press one for receptionist, press two for nurse or press three for a radiation therapist.

For any billing questions, please call our Physician Service Group (PSG) at (888) 422-7720 or call Rose Medical Center at (866) 475-7872.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S., and our partnership provides patients with personal, individualized care while benefitting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.  

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center in Denver, CO 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 about screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered 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 to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.