The GVO nurse navigators are liaisons between the patient, their family and the physicians. They have experience working with people with cancer and understand how challenging this experience can be. They are patient educators, advocates, care coordinators and system navigators and have a goal of improving your cancer care experience.
Your nurse navigator will help you by:
Provides genetic counseling and testing services for patients with all cancer types, including — but not limited to — breast cancer, ovarian cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, prostate cancer, and melanoma.
Genetic counseling is the process of helping people to learn about genetic conditions, discuss the chances of being affected by a genetic condition and make informed decisions about testing and treatment. At Grand Valley Oncology genetic counseling will focus on hereditary cancer risks in individuals and families. Genetic counseling is not psychotherapy. The whole process typically consists of 1-2 appointments with a genetic counselor.
Genetic counseling helps you to make informed, personalized decisions about your health along with your care team. Information obtained from genetic counseling and testing is used to create a personalized cancer screening and risk reduction plan and can even provide information about cancer risks to your family members.
A genetic counselor can:
There are certain characteristics or “red flags” seen in families with increased, hereditary cancer risks. These risk factors include:
No. During the genetic counseling appointment, you will be provided with information to help you make an informed decision regarding genetic testing. If you decide not to pursue genetic testing or postpone genetic testing that is okay.
For further information about genetics and cancer please visit the Huntsman Cancer Institute website. To schedule a genetic counseling appointment please call us at (970) 254-3180 and request a genetic counseling appointment or speak to your doctor about completing a referral.
Our Cancer Rehabilitation Program, offered through Community Hospital, is committed to improving quality of life for cancer patients through individualized rehabilitation exercise. Sessions help patients maximize independence in daily activities, improve strength and endurance, decrease fatigue, and manage pain.
Cancer and treatment can cause physical problems including pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness. These may then interfere with life in a variety of ways including physically, emotionally and practically. While not all cancer survivors need rehabilitation services that are guided by health care professionals, most will need to at least work on improving strength and stamina.
Lymphedema causes swelling in the arms and legs. Some cancer survivors may experience lymphedema as a side effect of surgical or radiation cancer treatment. Early identification and treatment may prevent the condition from progressing and this can improve quality of life.
Cancer and its treatment can cause interruptions in daily routines affecting how individuals perform their self-care, work, leisure or social activities. Occupational therapy practitioners have the knowledge and expertise to modify activities and environments to allow individuals to do the things they want and need to do to maintain quality of life.
Therapists address problems you might experience, including dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of voice and cognitive changes that can result from cancer treatment.Therapy Works
Provides professional counseling and support for patients and families in coping with cancer.
Cancer research informs us that everyone with cancer has some level of distress at some point in time; it is normal to feel sad, fearful and helpless when facing cancer. This level of distress can be minor or become serious to the point you are so distressed you have difficulty coping in some or all areas of your life. Studies show managing stress positively affects your treatment outcome. Grand Valley Oncology offers social work services to our patients and their families throughout the course of treatment and beyond with survivorship support groups. Our oncology social worker is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Colorado, experienced in the provision of:
Professional counseling is available to patients who have concerns beyond the physical aspects of treatment. This is often done as a referral.Visit Mind Springs Health
Good nutrition is an important factor during cancer treatment and in the prevention of recurrence. Patients may receive a physician referral for nutrition consultation to help maintain or improve their nutritional status before, during, and after their cancer treatments. Community Hospital’s dietitians assist with developing nutritional plans for a variety of needs including enteral and parenteral nutrition. The dietitian also helps patients make decisions about the use of complementary therapies such as glutamine and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation during treatment.
Community Hospital's dietitians are frequent participants and presenters of nutritional information at support groups for oncology patients and their families.
Spirituality is our connection with what exists beyond our physical experience. It can provide a way to find hope and strength during difficult times. It can serve as a source of comfort as you and your family are impacted by a diagnosis of cancer.
Grand Valley Oncology’s chaplains recognize the importance of faith when facing a health crisis such as a diagnosis of cancer. They are available to listen and offer spiritual support to you or your loved ones regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs.
Women with Cancer Support Group- meets 3rd Thursday monthly.
As part of our affiliation with Huntsman Cancer Institute we have access to many of their patient resources. Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Patient Education Committee has approved fact sheets for distribution to patients and caregivers. Please use this site as a resource for up-to-date fact sheets. You will find information on cancer types, treatment, side effects of treatment and ETC.