• Surgical Oncology

  • Surgery is often recommended in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment. If surgery is recommended, you can be assured the team at Penrose Cancer Center has the expertise needed for your specific situation.

  • Although head and neck malignancies account for only 5% of all cancers, the impact of these cancers and their treatments may be more debilitating than at almost any other site. Goals of treatment, besides curing, include retaining the patient's ability to speak, eat, smell and breathe in an acceptable manner. Achieving these goals requires the coordination of care between surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, as well as support disciplines such as pathology, diagnostic radiology, voice and swallowing therapists and care navigators.

    Penrose Cancer Center has offered this coordinated care for many years. Our staff includes:

    • Some of the busiest and most experienced thyroid and parathyroid surgeons in the western United States
    • Surgeons experienced in minimally-invasive techniques
    • Recognized HPV (human papilloma virus)-associated head and neck malignancies
    • Outstanding surgeons and specialists trained in the complex treatment of Cyberknife® for selected cases of skull base malignancies
    Genitourinary tumors, which include the urinary tract of males and females and the reproductive system of males, are the most common cancers treated at the Penrose Cancer Center. The urologic surgeons practicing at Penrose-St. Francis have a long history of providing state-of-the-art surgical care as part of a collaborative approach to treating the patient's malignancy.  A close working relationship is maintained with medical and radiation oncologists, as well as with diagnostic and interventional radiology. We were the first, and remain the only, institution in Southern Colorado to perform robotic assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.
    Penrose Cancer Center is affiliated with community neurosurgeons who offer the latest surgical techniques for brain cancers. In addition, the neurosurgery staff collaborates with our radiation oncologists to offer Cyberknife® radiosurgery as an alternative to some patients with brain tumors.

    Penrose Cancer Center includes a medical staff of general surgeons with expertise in gastricpancreatic and colon cancers. In the past 10 years, more than 2,000 gastric and 1,000 colon procedures have been performed by our team of highly-trained and specialized surgeons.

    Services include a full array of minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgery techniques designed to improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital stays.

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