At UCHealth Cancer Center, a service of Poudre Valley Hospital, patients visit with multiple specialists in one room during one appointment. These seamless connections promote personalized treatment strategies managed by a single point of contact from diagnosis to survivorship.

Conditions we treat

The center will provide access to:

  • Clinical research
  • Complementary therapies such as massage and healing touch
  • Counseling/oncology social work
  • Genetic counseling
  • Healing garden
  • Infusion center
  • Laboratory
  • Medical oncology
  • Pathology
  • Patient navigation
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Radiation oncology

Treating the whole person

At UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins, we are devoted to the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients. Our mission it to provide the highest level of cancer care, compassion and medical expertise to the patients and families we serve.

Our board-certified doctors and staff work to meet individual health care needs and make the cancer journey as comfortable as possible. Our goal is to help eliminate worry so that you can concentrate on getting well.

In the center, already well-developed programs will better deliver patient navigation, oncology counseling, and research services to patients. Patients undergoing treatment can choose to socialize with peers, have private family time, or enjoy fresh air and mountain views on the second-floor balconies

Whether your medical plan includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of other support services, our center is ready to offer expertise and education as a partner in your journey.

We’re here for our patients, individually tailoring treatment plans for patients with solid tumors of the breast, lung, colon, prostate and others.

Our providers welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions and we accept most insurance carriers. We are happy to work with you prior to your visit to ensure that you have the coverage you need.

Innovation and research

UCHealth enhances services to cancer patients by strengthening the ongoing partnership between community and academic physicians. Specifically, the affiliation will expand research access for patients, building on over a decade of partnership with UCHealth University of Colorado Cancer Center, Colorado’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Patient navigation

A cancer diagnosis impacts your whole life, so we structure our cancer services to provide you the latest cancer treatments and choices in cancer support and survivorship services. We realize it can be difficult to know where to start. Oncology nurse navigators are here to work with patients, family members and physicians to overcome any confusion or barriers to individualized, quality, cancer care.

Patient navigators provide a personalized plan for understanding treatment options and finding access to resources during cancer. This free program matches cancer patients with one of our five, specially-trained nurse navigators, all experts in cancer treatment and our local and national cancer care systems.

Because cancer care is so complex, navigators are dedicated to you, lessening the burden of cancer for you and your loved ones. You can call a patient navigator at any point in your cancer journey – whether you’re newly diagnosed or already in treatment.

Patient navigators help patients:

  • Understand a cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
  • Apply for financial assistance.
  • Find credible cancer information.
  • Connect to local and national resources available to help during cancer.
  • Link to our Clinical Research Team, nutrition counseling, and more.

Cancer rehabilitation program

Designed for patients currently in or finished with treatment, the UCHealth northern Colorado cancer rehabilitation program provides for evaluation by a physical therapist and the creation of a custom exercise plan for the patient.

Exercise program for cancer patients. Approved exercise can be a highly beneficial part of the cancer journey, during treatment and beyond. Engage Rx is the cancer rehabilitation program offered by UCHealth in northern Colorado. With modifications and education from our specially-trained cancer physical therapist, exercise is very safe during treatment.

A typical program includes cardiovascular (heart and oxygen capacity) and strength training, all designed to the appropriate and safe level for each patient. Many patients are pleased to discover they can still build strength during cancer treatment. It’s an area of the treatment plan that they can have some control over.

Benefits of exercise

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved mood
  • Improved appetite
  • Increased cardiovascular efficiency
  • Improved chemotherapy completion rates (adherence to treatment plan)

Treatment schedule. Things like fatigue can affect your ability to adhere to your treatment schedule, so it’s important to use tools like exercise to help you maintain your energy.

Getting the right amount of medicine, on time and on schedule helps achieve your treatment goals. Your doctors design your treatment plan to provide for the best use of medicines to destroy the cancer cells in the body. Staying on your treatment schedule allows for optimal drug delivery to your body for treating the cancer.

Our program supervisor, Jeff Eagan, P.T., and his team of exercise physiologists provide exceptional attention to help people affected by cancer learn safe exercise that gives them strength and renewed energy.

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursday for 12 weeks.
Location: Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Classes are held on the lower level.
Afterwards, patients can continue to exercise at Poudre Valley Hospital or a facility of their choice.

Financial counseling

Oncology treatment costs and billing issues can cause a lot of stress. Our dedicated team of Patient Service Coordinators are here to help you through it.  If you are insured, underinsured or uninsured we are here to help.

We will:

  • Meet with you at the onset of your cancer treatment.
  • Review with you how your insurance benefits work.
  • Estimate your out of pocket costs.
  • Provide you with any programs or financial support needed to help you with those costs.
  • Assist you with any billing questions or insurance issues.
  • Make sure all of your treatment is approved and authorized through your insurance before your treatment begins.

Massage

Massage for cancer patients is specialized to promote relief of the physical and emotional impacts of cancer and cancer treatment. UCHealth has a team of three, specially-trained and certified massage therapists who provide this valued service in northern Colorado.

Benefits of cancer massage

More and more, clinical research is showing the benefits of massage during cancer. Cancer massage helps with:

  • More restful sleep.
  • Pain relief.
  • Nausea control.
  • Decreased fatigue.
  • Help with depression.

Using a standardized Pressure Index and understanding each patient’s physical needs and treatment experience, UCHealth massage therapists modify touch so it is most comforting for the patient and won’t cause any harm. These specially-trained cancer massage therapists know how to adapt body positioning, modify touch for wounds or IV lines, and work around hospital equipment to safely give comfort and relief.

Our massage therapists visit each new patient on the oncology unit to offer and answer questions about cancer massage. Patients may let them know their interest or simply ask an oncology nurse to arrange a visit.

Emotional counseling

Oncology counselors provide complimentary emotional support and other services that can reduce stress for you and your family through all phases of your cancer journey. These services can be accessed in individual sessions or support groups.

We offer oncology psychiatry to assist with depression, anxiety and sleep challenges related to a cancer. These symptoms are quite common as 30% of those diagnosed experience one or more of these obstacles. Access this service through a referral by your counselor or provider.

In this video, Marianne Pearson, manager of psychosocial oncology, explains what it is and who should consider it. Marianne reviews different options for patients, including: counseling for individuals, couples and families; support groups; and transitional programs to help find a new normal after treatment ends. Marianne and the entire cancer care team are focused on treating the whole person, not just the disease, integrating advanced therapies with emotional support.

We can help you

  • Cope with your diagnosis of cancer and the many emotions you may be experiencing
  • Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments
  • Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
  • Understand community resources that are available to you
  • Access programs that offer financial assistance
We can teach you

  • Coping with your emotions-sadness, anger, worry and fears
  • Talking with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Reducing stress and using relaxation skills
  • How cancer affects sex, intimacy, fertility, and feeling good about your body
  • Talking with your treatment team members
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experienced and resources to help you long term
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Planning for your care with the use of advance directives
  • Life as a cancer survivor
We offer

  • Counseling for you and your family members
  • Support groups and educational programs
  • Referrals to community counseling
How can you find an oncology counselor?

  • Ask your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider
  • Call Oncology Support Services at 970-237-7700
  • Services in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland provided at no cost

Nutritional counseling

Nutrition counseling for patients in our cancer care program is offered at no cost.

The consultation is customized to your interests in the following areas:

  • Research-based nutrition information.
  • Questions about the link between nutrition and cancer.
  • Tips for eating during chemotherapy.
    • Easy meal and snack ideas.
    • Tips for eating adequately when appetite is poor. Assistance in finding the right protein supplement or shake
    • Improving cancer-associated malnutrition and hydration through treatment.
  • Nutritional considerations for side effect management, including nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dehydration, dysphagia, altered taste, mucositis, stomatitis, dry mouth, anorexia, early satiety.
  • Herbal supplements. Are they safe?
  • Setting goals to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Home feeding tube education and monitoring.
  • Ways nutrition can be a tool in preventing future cancers.