ABOUT BRAIN CANCER
There are many different types of brain cancers, and glioblastoma makes up about 56% of these cases in adults. When malignant cells develop in the brain and form a tumor, it is known as a primary brain tumor. However, other cancers, such as breast, lung, and colon cancer, can spread (metastasis) to the brain, forming a metastatic brain tumor. Regardless of the type of brain cancer, our multidisciplinary cancer team is highly equipped and trained to provide quality cancer treatment. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we believe you are more than a cancer patient and work fervently to do all we can to help you beat cancer.
Primary brain tumors develop in the brain while metastatic brain tumors develop elsewhere in the body. In most cases of primary brain tumors, the cause of the tumor is unclear. We know it begins from a mass of mutated cells that divide and grow in the brain. With metastatic brain tumors, the process is the same, but the original site of the cancer is located in another area of the body, like the breasts or lungs. Common factors that may increase an individual’s risk of brain cancer include exposure to radiation and having a family history of brain cancer. Most brain cancer cases occur in men and women over the age of 60, but this type of cancer occurs in younger patients as well.
Signs and symptoms will vary greatly based on the size, location, and growth rate of the brain tumor. Common symptoms include:
– Chronic or severe headaches
– Unexplained nausea or vomiting
– Vision problem
– Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
– Difficulty with talking, hearing, or balance
– Personality or behavioral changes
Treatment options will be based on the size, type, stage, and location of the brain tumor. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we offer radiation (Optune® cap), chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and scalp cooling. In some cases, surgical removal of a brain tumor may be an option. Our cancer team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment building of each patient and will take our time to educate you on all of your options.
COMPASSIONATE PATIENT CARE
You are more than your disease and at Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we help moms, dads, wives, husbands, brothers, and sisters to overcome their fight with brain cancer. If you have been referred to our practice or are searching for a seasoned oncologist, call our office today. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our goal is to provide the utmost patient care within a compassionate and caring environment.
ABOUT BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer is often thought of as a disease that affects women, however, it also occurs in men. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, our board-certified cancer team is highly trained and skilled in treating breast cancer for both female and male patients. We understand that being diagnosed with breast cancer is scary, and we are here to do everything we can to provide you with the care you need and deserve. Our team of medical professionals will personally sit down with you and your family to walk you through your treatment process step-by-step. Call Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO to set up a private consultation today. We are here to help.
TYPES OF BREAST CANCERS
There are two main types of breast cancers: female and male. Within these two categories, there are subtypes:
– Female breast cancers: ductal, lobular, inflammatory, and angiosarcoma
– Male breast cancers: ductal carcinoma, lobular carcinoma, Paget’s disease
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances of men being diagnosed with breast cancer are much less with a one in 1,000 chance.
The exact cause of breast cancer is unclear, however, we do know that it occurs when a small number of breast cells become abnormal and begin dividing more rapidly than healthy cells. This phenomenon often results in a tumor or lump within the breast tissue. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer often starts within the cells of the milk ducts. Risks factors, such as advanced age, having a personal or family history of breast cancer, and inherited genes can increase the chances of breast cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:
– A lump or thickening of the breast tissue
– Changes in the size, shape, or appearance of a breast
– Changes in the skin or nipple of the breasts, such as scaling, redness, flaking, or dimpling
– Abnormal discharge from the nipples
Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers a variety of treatment options for men and women with breast cancer. Our radiation cancer team creates a personalized treatment plan for every patient that may include medical and radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and scalp cooling therapy to help reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss. When developing your treatment plan, our cancer team will consider the type and stage of your cancer, your general health, and personal preferences. Each treatment option presents its own risks and benefits.
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center we offer state-of-the-art treatment for men and women who are battling breast cancer. If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed, we invite you to contact our practice to learn more about our treatment options for breast cancer. We are here to serve you.
ABOUT COLON CANCER
Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of disease that starts in the large intestine or rectum. The colon is a part of the digestive system, which plays an essential role in the digestion and transportation of our food. Colon cancer usually affects men and women over the age of 50, but it can arise in younger individuals as well. It typically begins as a small, noncancerous cluster of cells (polyps) within the colon. Over time, these polyps can develop into colon cancer. Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO offers a variety of treatments for men and women who are fighting colon cancer. Call our office today to schedule a private consultation with one of our seasoned oncologists.
TYPES OF COLON CANCER
The various types of colon cancer include:
– Adenocarcinomas (most common)
– Carcinoid tumors
– Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
We aren’t certain of the cause of colon cancer, however, we do know it starts as a benign growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. In general, abnormal growths or tumors develop when healthy cells begin to mutate and grow. These cancerous cells can also spread (metastasis) to other areas of the body. Factors that may increase one’s risks of developing colon cancer can include old age, race, inflammatory intestinal diseases, having a low fiber/high-fat diet, inherited syndromes, and having a family history of colon cancer.
Common symptoms of colon cancer include:
– A change in bowel movements, such as diarrhea, constipation, or consistency of the stool
– The feeling of not being able to completely relieve oneself
– Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
– Constant discomfort in the abdominal area, such as cramps, gas, or pain
– Unexpected weight loss
– Weakness or fatigue
Our cancer team practices a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates with other health care professionals at Valley View Hospital, such as gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists to treat colon cancer. Together, we come up with the best treatment plan for our patients, which may include radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. We also offer other services, such as cancer counseling, to help patients and their families through this difficult time.
LEADING CANCER CARE
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our board-certified cancer team works effortlessly to provide men and women with the best cancer care possible. We also utilize a multi-institutional approach of medical research to provide the latest and most effective treatment forms. Our Calaway•Young Cancer Center is committed to helping the community of Valley View in any way we can to help them overcome colon cancer.
ABOUT DIGESTIVE CANCER
Digestive cancer is a disease that develops within the digestive system, which includes the esophagus, liver, stomach, pancreas, intestines, and rectum. This disease can develop in any area of the digestive system and can even spread to other areas of the body. Our team of board-certified oncologists at Calaway•Young Cancer Center work diligently to provide exceptional medical care to the men and women of Glenwood Springs, CO. We also follow a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of cancer and research all avenues of care to provide the best service possible. To learn more, call our office in Glenwood Springs today.
TYPES OF DIGESTIVE CANCER
There are many different types of digestive cancer, which are distinguished by where is it found within the digestive system and the cells it involves. A common type of digestive cancer includes adenocarcinoma, which begins in the inner lining of the stomach, however, cancerous tumors can arise in all areas of the digestive tract, including the:
Digestive cancer is caused by a mutation in the DNA of cells within the digestive tract. Doctors are unsure of what causes this mutation, but we do know that there are some risk factors that can enhance one’s chances of developing digestive cancer. These include the chronic use of certain substances, poor nutrition, age, race, and gender.
The most common signs and symptoms of digestive cancer may include:
– Chronic, unexplained stomach pain
– Persistent nausea or vomiting
– Extreme heartburn
– Severe or constant indigestion
– Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
– Unintentional weight loss
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we offer a long list of treatment options for digestive cancer, including a wide variety of radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Prior to any treatment, our cancer team will sit down with you and your loved one to discuss all your options, the side effects and risks involved, and which therapy may be ideal for you. We understand that being diagnosed and treated for cancer is a life-altering event, which is why we also offer cancer support services.
SEE A SPECIALIST
If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with digestive cancer, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center. Our seasoned medical team can sit down with you to discuss all your treatment options and how to move forward from here. We can also connect you with cancer support groups so you can be surrounded by a loving and caring community of people who are also battling cancer.
ABOUT FEMALE CANCER
There are many different types of cancers that can affect the female reproductive system and at Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our cancer team is well-versed in treating all kinds of cancers. The female reproductive system includes the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. These organs are responsible for producing and transporting eggs cells (oocytes) for conception and much more. We understand that being diagnosed and treated for cancer can not only be a challenging event for you but your whole family. For this reason, our entire team is dedicated to doing all that we can to help guide you through your cancer journey. Call our office in Glenwood Springs, CO to learn more.
TYPES OF FEMALE CANCER
There are several types of female reproductive cancer, including:
The cause of female-specific cancer is unclear, but we do know it starts with a mutation of a small group of cells that eventually divide and multiply quickly, resulting in a malignant tumor. Some risks factors may include HPV (sexually transmitted disease), advanced age, genetics, a weak immune system, beginning menstruation before the age of 12, hormone imbalance, and having a family history of cancer.
The symptoms will vary for each cancer, but common signs may include:
– A lump or wart-like bumps
– Pelvic pain
– Pain during intercourse
– Bleeding that isn’t from menstruation
– Chronic itching of the vaginal area
– Frequent urination
– Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea
– Unexplained weight loss
Female-specific cancers can be treated with radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. The method of treatment selected will depend on the type, location, and progression of cancer. When developing your treatment plan, our cancer team will also consider your personal preferences. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our facility features a tranquil treatment area that offers a stunning view of the Roaring Fork Valley. The comfort of our patients is of the utmost importance.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
You will not walk alone. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our cancer team is here to help you every step of the way and can also connect you with cancer support groups and other community resources. Our care team will sit with you and review all your treatment options.
ABOUT HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Head and neck cancers include malignant diseases of the mouth, nose, and throat. However, they not include cancers of the brain or eyes. Statistically, men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer, however, this disease also occurs in women. The Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO offers multiple treatment options for men and women who are fighting head and neck cancer. Our gifted cancer team utilizes leading therapies to effectively and safely treat malignant tumors. We invite you or your loved one to call our cancer care facility to learn more about how we can help you.
TYPES OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER
Head and neck cancers are categorized by the areas in which they are found:
– Oral cavity includes the mouth, tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks, lips, and the top and bottom of the mouth
– Pharynx or throat includes three parts: the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and larynx. This involves the area behind the nose, soft palate of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and lower section of the throat.
– Larynx or voice box includes the vocal cords and the epiglottis (small flap in the back of the mouth)
– Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity includes the nose and hollow spaces of the head surrounding the nose
– Salivary glands include the glands that produce saliva, which is near the base of the mouth
About 70% of cancers in the oropharynx (mid-part of the throat) are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a viral infection that can cause cancer and other ailments, such as genital warts. There are over 200 forms of HPVs, but more than 40 are transmitted by vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Common signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer include:
– A lump in the throat area
– Pain when swallowing or eating
– Swelling in the jaw
– Sores on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth that do not heal
– Unusual bleeding
– Unexplained ear pain
– A feeling like something is caught in the throat
– Sinus infections that do not respond to antibiotics
– Problems with dentures
Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers a wide variety of medical and radiation treatments for head and neck cancer, including chemotherapy. Each patient will have an individualized treatment plan that may be comprised of a combination of treatments and possible surgery. The therapy used will depend on the location, stage, and size of the tumor.
FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
Our compassionate team of medical professionals at Calaway•Young Cancer Center is here to help you or your loved one fight against head and neck cancer. Call our office to schedule a private consultation with one of our board-certified oncologists. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we can help you navigate through this difficult time and review all your treatment options.
Lymphoma is cancer that attacks the white blood cells (lymphocytes) of the immune system. White blood cells help fight off a wide variety of diseases and are part of the body’s lymphatic system, which also includes the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus glands, and bone marrow. There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin (Hodgkin’s disease) and non-Hodgkin. The main difference between the two is the specific white blood cell it involves. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas begin in subtypes of the white blood cells called T-cells and B-cells while the presence of large, abnormal cells called Reed-Sternberg cells classify Hodgkin lymphomas. Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO employs a highly trained and experienced team of oncologists who help treat men and women with lymphoma.
The exact cause of lymphoma isn’t known, however, we do know it begins when the white blood cells develop a mutation. As these abnormal cells multiply and grow, they greatly hinder the immune system and other functions of the body. Some risk factors of lymphoma include advanced age, a weak immune system, and developing certain infections. Men are also more likely to acquire lymphoma than women.
Common symptoms of lymphoma may include:
– Small areas of swelling in your neck, armpits, or groin
– Constant fatigue
– Fever and chills
– Night sweats
– Loss of appetite
– Shortness of breath
– Unexplained weight loss
Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers several treatments options for lymphoma, including radiation, immunotherapy, and chemo. The type of therapy used will vary on the type, location, and progression of the disease. Our medical and radiation cancer teams will perform a thorough assessment to determine the best treatment option for you. In many cases, multiple therapies are used. The side effects and benefits of each treatment will vary.
HOPE FOR YOUR FUTURE
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we understand that being diagnosed and treated for cancer is a difficult experience. We are committed to providing you with leading medical care for the hope of a healthier and brighter future. Our team works diligently to do all we can to help you or your loved one beat cancer. We also offer a variety of cancer counseling services, including support groups and nutritional guidance.
ABOUT MALE CANCER
Our team of board-certified oncologists at Calaway•Young Cancer Center is highly trained and experienced in treating male-specific cancers, such as testicular and prostate cancer. Testicular cancer occurs within the testicles or testes, which is responsible for producing hormones and sperm. Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate, which is a small gland that produces seminal fluid to help transport sperm. Although rare, prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies to affect male patients 65 years of age and older. If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO to learn about your treatment options from our specialists.
The cause of prostate and testicular cancer is unclear, but we do know it begins when a group of cells in these areas develop a mutation within their DNA. When these cells divide and grow, it can result in a cluster of abnormal cells (tumor) and can even spread to other areas of the body. Some risk factors for male cancer include abnormal testicle development (Klinefelter syndrome), age, race, and having a family history of cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of male cancer may include:
– A lump or enlargement of the testes
– Abdominal or groin pain
– Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
– Unexplained back pain
– Blood in semen
– Trouble urinating
– Erectile dysfunction
Our cancer center offers multiple treatment options for testicular and prostate cancer, including medical and radiation cancer, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. The treatment option selected will be determined by the stage, size, and location of cancer. We will also consider your personal preferences when creating your treatment plan, which may include several therapies. Our services occur in a serene, warm and healing environment with views of the Rocky Mountains.
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we believe you are more than your disease. You may be a father, son, or brother with the desire for a long, healthy life. Together, our cancer team and medical specialists at Valley View Hospital will collaborate to provide you with the best treatment care possible so you can have hope for your future. Don’t put off treatment any longer, and call Calaway•Young Cancer Center today.
ABOUT ORAL CANCER
Oral cancer is a disease that affects the oral cavity, which includes the mouth, tongue, interior lining of the cheeks, and soft tissues inside the mouth. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our board-certified oncologists utilize a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of oral cancer. We also collaborate with other medical specialists at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO to provide patients with unparalleled care. If you have been referred to our practice or are searching for a seasoned oncologist, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center today. Our team is here to serve you.
TYPES OF ORAL CANCER
Mouth cancer refers to malignancies that develop on areas inside the mouth, such as:
– Inner lining of the cheeks
– Floor or roof of the mouth
Oral cancer arises when there is a genetic mutation of the cells within the oral cavity. The exact cause of this abnormality is unknown, but there are some factors that can increase one’s risk of oral cancer. These include a poor diet, excessive sun exposure to the lips, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and HPV infection (sexually transmitted disease).
Some possible signs and symptoms of oral cancer may include:
– Mouth ulcers or sores that do not heal
– White or dark red patches on the inside of the mouth or tongue
– A growth or lump inside the mouth
– Unexplained ear, neck, jaw, or throat pain
– Difficulty swallowing
– Loose teeth
– Poorly fitting dentures
– Hoarse throat
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we offer several treatment options for men and women who are battling oral cancer. Our services include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and surgery. The treatment used will vary per patient and multiple therapies may be combined to effectively treat oral cancer. Each therapy has varying risks and side effects, which will be discussed during your private treatment planning session.
GET TREATED TODAY
If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with oral cancer, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center. Our cancer team will work diligently to provide exceptional service you can depend on. We will also take our time to sit down with you and your family to help educate you on all your options and what may be the most effective treatment approach for your unique case.
ABOUT RESPIRATORY CANCER
Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO treats an array of malignant diseases, including respiratory cancer. The human respiratory system is responsible for taking in oxygen as we inhale and releasing carbon dioxide as we exhale. The main organs of the respiratory system include the lungs, which their primary function is to carry out the exchange of oxygen and CO2 as we breathe. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of deaths among both men and women. Every year, more individuals die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
TYPES OF RESPIRATORY CANCER
There are two main types of lung cancers:
• Non-small lung cancer has three subtypes, including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. According to the ACS, non-small cell lung cancer makes up about 85% of lung cancer cases in the United States.
• Small cell lung cancer is less common but occurs almost exclusively in chain-smokers. This type of cancer makes up about 15% of lung cancer cases.
The cause of lung cancer is unclear, but we do know it begins with a mutation of cells within the respiratory system. These cells can also affect other components of the respiratory system, such as the bronchial tubes, larynx, trachea, and alveolar walls.
Typically, signs and symptoms of lung cancer are not evident in its early stage but become noticeable in its advanced stage. These symptoms may include:
– Chronic cough
– Coughing up blood
– Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
– Chest pain
– Unexplained weight loss
Our state-of-the-art cancer care facility is fully equipped with the latest tools and technologies for the treatment of lung cancer in men and women. We also feature an infusion therapy wing that has a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. Our treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. The treatment form selected will depend on the stage, size, and location of cancer, including your personal preferences and recommendation by our cancer team.
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center is proud to be serving the men and women of Colorado with extraordinary care, locally. We work effortlessly to ensure that you are given the attentive, personalized care that you deserve. Our team is here to stand by your side every step of the way and can also connect you with cancer support groups so you can receive encouragement from others who understand what you are going through.
ABOUT SKIN CANCER
There are three types of skin cancers: melanoma and the two non-melanoma skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). When the tumor forms from cells at the base of the epidermis, it is called a basal cell carcinoma, and when the tumor forms from cells at the upper layers of the epidermis, it is called a squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma is known as the most aggressive form of skin cancer and presents itself as a black or brown mole. Our seasoned cancer team at Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO utilizes a multidisciplinary and diverse research approach for the treatment of skin cancers to provide the best care possible.
Skin cancers begin with abnormal growths of skin cells on areas that are regularly exposed to direct sunlight, and can also develop on places that are not ordinarily exposed to the sun. Skin cancers can develop after years of extensive sun exposure or indoor tanning. Basically, there is no such thing as a “safe” tan, and exposing your skin to harsh UV rays can increase your risk of skin cancer. The best protection against skin cancer is to minimize excessive sun exposure, wear sun-protective clothing, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and avoid tanning beds.
The signs and symptoms of each type of skin cancer will vary, and it’s important to educate yourself on the ABCDE rules:
– A: Asymmetrical mole (one side is larger than the other)
– B: Borders on the mole (a malignant mole will not have a defined, smooth border)
– C: Color (a malignancy will be various colors throughout the mole)
– D: Diameter (benign moles usually stay small, but malignancies will start to spread out)
– E: Evolving (cancer cells in a malignant mole will keep evolving and changing the appearance of the skin)
The treatment selected for your unique case will depend on the size, location, depth, stage, and type of skin cancer. Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers several treatment options, including:
– Surgical excision is used for smaller, easy-to-reach skin cancers. Typically, a local anesthetic will be administered, but if a skin growth is larger and in a more difficult location, general anesthesia might be required. The cancer will be excised using a scalpel and horizontal cuts around the growth and surrounding tissue. Small excisions can be sewn closed while larger excisions may need a skin graft to close up the wound.
– Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is an outpatient, nonsurgical procedure that removes cancerous skin growths. This simple procedure treats small lesions by scraping away the affected skin layer by layer. The procedure gets rid of cancerous lesions on the skin, as well as growths that are diagnosed as benign.
– Cryotherapy utilizes liquid nitrogen to freeze the base and edges of the target area. This can be an effective method for treating small areas of skin cancer that are in the early stage of growth.
– Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy to target cancer cells. We offer varying types of radiation therapies, including photon therapy, which uses focused light beams to treat cancer.
– Topical chemotherapy cream may be used to treat your skin cancer, depending on the type and its stage. This can be an effective option for many individuals, but our team will perform a thorough assessment and biopsy to determine if this is the best treatment option for you.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
The best practice is to protect your skin from over excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen when outdoors. This can help decrease your risk of skin cancer and is an overall healthy habit. If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with skin cancer or suspect a skin growth, we invite you to call Calaway•Young Cancer Center. Our certified cancer team is here to serve you and your family.
ABOUT URINARY CANCER
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we treat a wide variety of cancers, including urinary cancer. This type of cancer affects the urinary tract system, which involves the bladder and kidneys. These organs are responsible for creating and storing urine, which is disposed of by the urethra (another part of the UT system). Urinary cancer affects both men and women and is considered one of the most common cancers in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, men are at higher risk for bladder and kidney cancer than women. Regardless of the case, our gifted cancer team is here to provide you with the utmost medical care at our state-of-the-art facility in Glenwood Springs, CO.
TYPES OF URINARY CANCER
There are two main types of urinary tract cancers:
There are also many subtypes of bladder and kidney cancers, and our team is highly trained and experienced in treating these diseases through a multidisciplinary approach.
Doctors are unsure of the exact cause of urinary cancer, but we do know it starts with a mutation of cells within the urinary tract system. When these cells divide and grow, it can develop into a malignant tumor. According to the American Cancer Society, about nine out of ten people are likely to be affected by bladder cancer over the age of 55. Advanced age is a contributing risk factor along with gender, race, infection, and one’s overall health.
The most common signs and symptoms of urinary cancer include:
• Blood in urine
• Frequent urination
• Pain when urinating
• Lower back pain (not caused by injury)
• Pelvic pain
• Unexplained weight loss
Our cancer center offers a variety of different treatment options for men and women with urinary cancer. Common treatments include surgery, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Treatments will vary from patient to patient and will rely on the type of UT cancer, size of the tumor(s), location, and stage. Our board-certified oncologists also coordinate with other medical specialists at Valley View Hospital to ensure you are getting the best treatment care possible.
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our cancer team is diversely trained and equipped to provide patients with accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment plans for their disease. You and your family can rest assured that you are in very capable hands. We take great pride in what we do and work diligently to provide service you can trust and depend on. If you or your loved one is in need of treatment, call our office today to schedule an appointment.
ABOUT CANCER COUNSELING
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we are here to help men and women through their cancer journey, not only through high-quality cancer care but by providing patients and their families with cancer counseling. Our medical team offers a variety of counseling services, including genetic advisement, nutritional guidance, and spiritual support. We believe that cancer not only affects the physical body but one’s emotional and spiritual state as well, which is why we place great value on counseling services. These methods can help provide patients with an educational platform, a caring community, and a strong support system to help them cope and even regain hope for their future.
TYPES OF CANCER COUNSELING
Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers the following counseling services:
– Genetic Counseling walks a patient through the potential risks of developing cancerous diseases that are prevalent in their family and what they can do to help prevent these diseases from occurring. Our medical advisors will walk a patient through different lifestyle modifications and go over signs and symptoms to look out for in hopes to catch the disease as early as possible if it does arise.
– Nutritional Counseling involves consulting with a registered dietitian to help men and women make well-informed decisions about their diet. Our team will assist patients in developing a balanced diet, grocery list, and meal plan to aid in their overall well-being.
– Surgical Counseling includes setting appropriate expectations, discussing the potential risks of surgery, and reviewing postoperative instructions to ensure the best possible results. Our cancer team will work closely with patients to help them understand all their options.
– Nurse Navigation guides patients with timely, personable care to help them through their healthcare journey. Our nurse navigators stand as the communication liaison between providers and patients in addition to coordinating in-house patient care and discharge planning.
– Social Work utilizes the guidance of a certified social worker to help find community-based resources that provide services for patients and their families or caregivers. This may include palliative or hospice care.
– Support Groups can help patients and their families find and build community with others who are going through a similar circumstance. This is a powerful tool as it provides patients and caregivers with an outlet to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in addition to reducing the effects of feeling completely alone in their cancer journey.
– Spiritual Support offers patients and their families guidance from our chaplain, which may include prayer, meditation, and private counseling sessions.
BENEFITS AND RISKS?
There aren’t any physical risks involved with cancer counseling as these are nonsurgical services that focus primarily on educating patients about their genetic risks of developing cancer and provides patients with emotional support during their cancer journey. We understand that for many, it can be difficult to open up your heart and to be honest about how you are feeling and what you are thinking about regarding your circumstance. However, our staff isn’t here to place any guilt or make anyone feel silly. We believe your feelings and emotions are valid and want to provide patients with an outlet to work through all that they are experiencing.
OUR COUNSELING TEAM
Calaway•Young Cancer Center is proud to employ a compassionate team of professionals, such as certified cancer nurses, a seasoned social worker, and welcoming chaplain. Together, we collaborate on how we can best serve our patients and their families during this difficult time. We are honored to serve the men and women of Colorado and are inspired by our patients’ strength every single day.
GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE
If you or your loved one is battling cancer, our team is here to help you. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we care about the ‘whole’ patient: mind, body, and spirit, which is why we offer a variety of counseling services. We invite you to call our office to learn more about our programs and how they can benefit you and your family.
ABOUT INFUSION THERAPY
Infusion therapy involves administering medication intravenously (IV). Intravenous therapy delivers liquid medication directly into the bloodstream via a thin needle or a catheter, which is a safe and effective method that enables us to treat patients quickly. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we offer several types of infusion therapies. We also utilize infusion to deliver other treatments, such as antibiotics and pain medications, to help keep our patients strong and comfortable as they battle cancer.
TYPES OF INFUSION THERAPIES
Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers the following infusion therapies:
– PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T) is a prescription drug that is used to treat advanced prostate cancer. This is a unique treatment as it utilizes a patient’s own immune cells to stimulate their immune system to seek out and attack cancer cells. This is considered activation immunotherapy as it prompts the immune system to defend itself by fighting against foreign bodies, like cancer cells.
– Chemotherapy is a treatment that utilizes anti-cancer drugs to target cancer cells to prevent them from dividing and spreading. There are many different types of drugs used for chemotherapy, and oftentimes, patients receive a combination of several different medications within their treatment regimen.
– PAXMAN Scalp Cooling is an innovative treatment that utilizes a cooling system and a specialized head cap (hat-like device) to aid in the prevention of hair loss (alopecia). Cooling technology is emitted from the PAXMAN machine to target and save hair follicles in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Although this is not administered via an IV, it’s often combined with infusion therapy.
BENEFITS AND RISKS?
The risks will vary as each infusion therapy is different. Side effects will also depend on the type(s) of drugs used, dosage, frequency, and your unique biological makeup. With the PAXMAN system, common side effects may include cold discomfort, forehead pain, and headaches. With PROVENGE, popular symptoms may include chills, fever, back pain, nausea, joint pain, headache, and fatigue. With chemotherapy, side effects can range from mild to severe and may include but are not limited to vomiting, nausea, hair loss, and fatigue.
If your medical and radiation oncologists or urologist is recommending these treatment forms, it’s because they believe the side effects far outweigh the potential benefit of eradicating your cancer. Although these treatments create uncomfortable side effects, with today’s modern medicine, these symptoms are very manageable.
OUR INFUSION TEAM
Our infusion team consists of highly trained and experienced cancer nurses who are certified in chemotherapy and biotherapy. You can rest assured that you are in good hands as we are here to provide personalized patient care throughout your cancer journey. All of our infusion therapies are delivered on-site in our state-of-the-art facility, which overlooks the beautiful mountain scenery of Glenwood Springs. Our goal at Calaway•Young Cancer Center is to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible and create a peaceful environment that feels more like a spa rather than a hospital.
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center is pleased to offer multiple infusion therapy treatments to the men and women of Colorado. We take great pride in our patient care and are committed to upholding the highest standard in cancer therapy. If you or your loved one is interested in learning more, call Calaway•Young Cancer Center today.
ABOUT INTEGRATED THERAPY
At Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, we understand that undergoing medical treatment can be an emotional experience. For this reason, our highly skilled and compassionate team of specialists offer a unique array of integrated therapies to assist men and women in managing the physical, mental, and emotional challenges often associated with a cancer diagnosis. Integrated therapies utilize various tools and techniques to help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and poor sleep. It also aids in creating a calmer state-of-mind, physical healing, and the overall well-being of the patient. All of our integrated therapy services at the CYCC of Valley View are selected to meet the individualized needs of our patients and are provided at no additional cost.
TYPES OF THERAPY
Calaway•Young Cancer Center is pleased to offer the following integrated therapies:
– Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. It can also help reduce tension, improve sleep, and offer relief for stress-related muscle strain.
Indications: Muscle pain and soreness, joint pain and stiffness, muscle spasms, tension headaches, neuropathy, fatigue, stress and anxiety, surgery recovery, edema, limited range of motion
– Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle, hands-on care that encourages the revitalization of the inherent healing potential in the mind, body, and spirit. The resulting subtle energy, tissue, and structure shifts allow patients to experience reduced stress, anxiety, pain, and treatment-related symptoms.
Indications: Migraine headaches, chronic pain, feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, surgery/procedure/treatment preparation and recovery, palliative care, sleep disturbances
– Aromatherapy employs natural oils obtained from aromatic plant material to help provide a healing environment. Oils can be diffused into the air, sprinkled on linens or sometimes rubbed into the skin to help support relaxation and sleep, improve feelings of well-being, and even reduce nausea in some patients.
– Acupuncture is a holistic health modality that involves the use of fine needles (mechanical stimuli) to prompt the body’s natural healing response. Research shows that acupuncture helps to stimulate the muscles, collagen fibers, and signaling to the brain. In the hands of well-trained providers, it is a very safe and relaxing procedure that can help reduce anxiety and a variety of ailments.
Indications: Pain, nausea, vomiting, mental and emotional distress, hot flashes, dry mouth, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, peripheral neuropathy
– HeartMath® Mentoring is a science-based technology program designed to coach participants in learning proven tools, such as heart coherence, to help manage and reduce stress. This technique helps balance a patient’s thoughts and emotions to achieve mental clarity and physical well-being.
Indications: Stress management, depression, anger, grief, trouble coping, restless mind, feelings of hopelessness, chronic pain, heart conditions, disease management
– Sound Therapy employs the use of tuning forks and singing bowls on and around the body to create relaxation, grounding, calm, and balance.
Indications: Stress management, neuropathy, fatigue, transition support, feelings of hopelessness, discomfort with massage therapy
BENEFITS AND RISKS?
Integrated therapies are nonsurgical treatments that utilize holistic approaches to promoting optimal healing of the mind, body, and spirit — which means there is little to no risk of undergoing such therapy. Our team will also sit down with you to discuss all your options and which therapy may be best for you. The potential benefits include lower stress levels, decreased pain, better sleep, less anxiety, improved mobility, greater energy, a more hopeful state-of-mind, and much more. We encourage all our patients to have an open mind as these therapies can greatly improve their well-being.
If you or a loved one is undergoing cancer treatment at Calaway•Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital, we invite you to call our office to learn more about our integrated therapies. These therapeutic techniques offer a holistic method of promoting healing to the mind, body, and spirit and are complimentary to Valley View patients. We look forward to helping you and your family through innovative care.
ABOUT RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Radiation oncology is the treatment of cancer with effective radiation treatment. There are many different forms of cancers and radiation therapies. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO, our certified team of radiation oncologists will create a unique treatment plan for every individual. The form of radiation used will depend on the type of cancer and its location. Our overall goal at CYCC is to safely and effectively treat men and women who are battling cancer to help prevent malignant cells from spreading in hope to eradicate the disease completely.
TYPES OF RADIATION
The Calaway•Young Cancer Center offers the following radiation treatments:
– CT radiation therapy planning
– True Beam Linear Accelerator
– Electron Beam external radiation
– Photon external radiation
– HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy
– LDR (low dose rate) brachytherapy/seed implantation
– Orthovoltage superficial (skin cancer) external radiation
– Open source I131 (thyroid)
– Xofigo (RA 223) prostate
– Optune® cap for a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
– Vision RT
– SpaceOAR (prostate)
– 4D CT planning (motion planning lung cancer)
– Stereotactic radiosurgery
– SBRT (stereotactic body radiosurgery)
BENEFITS AND RISKS?
Depending on the type and dosage of radiation used and the location of the treatment (head, breasts, prostate, skin, stomach, etc.), the risks will vary and everyone will respond differently as each person has a unique biological makeup. Common side effects of radiation include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin issues, hair loss, and fatigue. Although exposing your body to radiation may result in adverse side effects, the benefit of eliminating cancer far outweighs these temporary symptoms.
OUR RADIATION ONCOLOGY TEAM
Prior to any treatment, our cancer team will sit down with you to discuss all your options, what you can expect, and potential side effects that you might experience. Our compassionate team of board-certified radiation oncologists and biotherapy-certified nurses are here to walk you through your treatment one step at a time, from start to finish. We understand that everyone’s experience with cancer is different and are committed to providing you with attentive, personalized treatment.
If you have been referred to Calaway•Young Cancer Center by your radiation oncologist or health care professional, do not hesitate to call our office at Valley View Hospital to learn more. Our seasoned cancer team can discuss all your options and help determine which radiation treatment may be best for you. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we are dedicated to providing you with high-quality patient care.
Here at Calaway•Young Cancer Center, we treat you with the most innovative therapies available, while still maintaining a small town atmosphere of community and compassion. While undergoing treatment at Calaway•Young Cancer Center, you become a part of the collaboration amongst our physicians, nurses, and other professionals who are there for you from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. This is a fundamental attitude in our care and our staff because we can accomplish more when we work together towards your well-being.
Patients and their caregivers often experience stress, the anxiety, aches, pains and other issues with recovery that can be cared for in ways that go beyond the norm. Integrated therapists provide care that aligns with the medical, surgical and pharmaceutical treatment that patients already receive.
Medical oncology is a branch of medicine that coordinates the treatment of cancer using medication. Our medical oncologists and their team will work with your healthcare providers, surgeons, radiation oncologists and others to assist in your cancer care.
Oncology Nurse Navigators help patients navigate the system to ensure prompt delivery of treatment and transition back into a normal routine after treatments have finished. Our nurse navigators serve as a resource for teaching patients about their disease and side effects from treatments.
Palliative care is a specialized medical service focused on alleviating pain, anxiety, and other distressing symptoms in patients facing a serious illness. The goal is to understand the values of the patient and their family to ensure that their treatment best matches their wishes.
Radiation Oncology has developed into a widely utilized treatment for certain types of cancer. In radiation oncology, radiation is used to destroy or stop the cancer growth. This radiation is delivered by precise technology under the guidance of an entire team of highly trained staff.
The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) at Valley View is here to help patients make informed decisions about whether a clinical trial is right for them. The OCR staff, in partnership with the oncology team, is always available to discuss the clinical trials currently open at Valley View, and to educate patients and their families about what it means to participate in a clinical trial.
Patients and their loved ones often face many new concerns and fears following a cancer diagnosis. Our support services staff will meet with you throughout the treatment process to assess any worries you may have, and to help address your needs and concerns.
The survivorship program offers continued support for patients completing treatment and moving into a post-treatment surveillance period. The program includes a personalized summary of procedures, medical and radiation oncology treatments, a cancer-specific survivorship care plan, and an optional individualized counseling session with an oncology professional to discuss post-treatment well-being.