At the UCHealth Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center in the Denver metro area, our caring team of breast cancer specialists including doctors, support professionals and elite, Magnet-designated nursing staff work together to develop the best care plan for you, and then stay with you from initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
UCHealth’s University of Colorado Cancer Center is one of only 51 National Cancer Institutes* (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation – and the only one in Colorado. NCI is one of the anchors in the nation’s cancer research efforts to fight cancer.
UCHealth is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)*, an alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.
Our multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer gives you access to a complete clinical experience in one central location. Our trained clinical nurse navigators and intake coordinators will customize your appointments to fit your personal situation.
Prior to your appointment, your nurse navigator will provide one-on-one phone consultation to review our services. We will ask you to collect previous health records from any outside institutions, which we will review prior to your consultation.
During your visit, our breast cancer care team will work with you to determine your personalized plan for treatment. All services are tailored to your personal needs by our multispecialty care providers.
During your visit you will have the opportunity to meet with a multidisciplinary group of specialists, who are faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Your team may consist of:
- Medical oncologist
- Radiation oncologist
- Surgical oncologist specializing in breast surgery
- Plastic surgeon
- Breast imaging radiologist
- Supportive services personnel from areas such as genetic counseling, social work, patient financial assistance and nutritional counseling
Your nurse navigator
The goal of your breast cancer care team is to help reduce anxiety associated with cancer treatment and support your overall well-being. With this in mind, a specialized nurse navigator guides you and your family through treatment.
Your navigator works closely with your physicians to coordinate your care, answer questions, and connect you to beneficial support services. Throughout your care, your navigator will provide education about your diagnosis and care plan.
Healthy eating is important for everyone, but people with cancer often have special concerns. Registered dietitians provide up-to-date, research-based nutrition advice throughout cancer treatment and into recovery.
A registered dietitian who specializes in oncology nutrition is available to discuss your nutritional needs, provide resources and education and answer your nutrition questions when you undergo chemotherapy. Topics include managing your appetite, enhancing your immune system and getting adequate nutrition.
When cancer surgery or treatment has left you feeling weaker, having difficulty keeping up with your activities of daily living or with special physical needs, you can depend on our Rehabilitation staff to get you back on the road to recovery.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists can work with you on strength and conditioning, self-care, swallowing and communication. They can also perform manual lymph drainage, compression and exercises to help you manage the symptoms of lymphedema and avoid inflammation and infections.
Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program
Expert researchers at UCHealth University of Colorado Cancer Center, led by Dr. Virginia Borges, focus on identifying why breast cancer in young women (ages 18-46) and pregnancy-associated breast cancer are more aggressive than other breast cancers.
Our patients have access to the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program (YWBCTP), which is dedicated to turning the latest scientific research into effective treatments for young women’s and pregnancy-related breast cancer.
Developing the future of medicine
Advances in medicine come from new ideas developed through clinical research.
At UCHealth, we conduct hundreds of clinical trials (also called research trials or research studies) in our ongoing effort to discover and deliver more effective treatments. Our goal is to translate discoveries made in the laboratory to patients as quickly as possible.