Through a full range of clinical trials, genetic counseling, psychosocial support services and nurse navigation, Penrose Cancer Center offers a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach — providing exceptional cancer care, closer to home. Penrose Cancer Center has been a pioneer in radiation oncology for over 70 years and continues our legacy of innovative treatment and technology through the use of CyberKnife® and da Vinci Robotics®. Our multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment extends throughout our center and includes programs such as gynecologic oncology, thoracic oncology and the pulmonary nodule clinic, breast oncology and the high risk breast and ovarian clinic, and surgical oncology.
Our partnership with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers brings to Penrose Cancer Center a total of 12 board-certified specialists in medical oncology. Along with the latest treatment regimens, their outstanding staff of physicians, nurses, pharmacy technicians and medical assistants offers compassionate, expert care to those undergoing cancer treatments.
Patient Service Area
Penrose Hospital is located in Colorado Springs, 70 miles south of Denver with a population of 564,776. In addition to the largely suburban Colorado Springs, the hospital serves patients in the 2,000 square miles of rural area to the west, east, and south. The population is growing increasingly diverse with three-quarters of the population White, 13 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African American, 3 percent Asian, and 1 percent American Indian. The median family income is above the national average, at $51,181. El Paso County, home of Penrose-St. Francis, is designated as a health professional shortage area in primary care for its low-income populations. Its southern and central urban corridor is also a medically underserved area. One in five people in El Paso County are uninsured.
Access and Outreach Initiatives
To help patients manage treatment complications and the emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis, Penrose Cancer Center provides comprehensive support services that go far beyond physical healing. While our leading-edge cancer treatments focus on healing the physical components of the disease, our masters level psychosocial counseling helps patients and their families win the emotional war against cancer. Maintaining emotional well-being and coping with the stresses associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment are important to cancer care. Penrose participates in several cancer-specific outreach programs including breast health and colorectal education through the JUNTAS and the ANGEL Network for African American and Hispanic families, prostate and colorectal cancer awareness through the Colorado Cancer Coalition, and other programs.