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University of Colorado Cancer Center
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Located in the east suburbs of Denver, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is one of two campuses of the University of Colorado Denver and home to the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the University of Colorado Hospital, a teaching hospital. In 2011, the University HealthSystem Consortium named the University of Colorado Hospital the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivery of quality health care.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s history dates back to 1883, when the university created its Department of Medicine and Surgery on its Boulder campus. For the next several decades, students shuffled between Boulder and Denver for their classes, but in 1911 the School of Medicine merged with the Denver and Gross Medical College, opening the doors for the school’s permanent move to Denver in 1925. That hospital site would later become the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
The medical center continued to grow throughout the 20th century: In 1947, the hospital was allowed to take responsibility for patients referred from Denver General Hospital. In the 1990s, hospital officials asked the U.S. Department of Defense for permission to repurpose the closed Fitzsimons Army Medical Center as an academic health center. The defense department agreed, and the first university labs moved to the Fitzsimons research towers in 2004. Shortly thereafter, the Fitzsimons campus was renamed the Anschutz Medical Campus in recognition of donations from Philip and Nancy Anschutz.
Also in 2004, the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center merged, becoming the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center – but that lengthy title would only stay in place for three years. The university’s board voted to rename the campus as the University of Colorado Denver in 2007, the same year it opened a new $644 million, 820,000-square-foot facility.
Today the University of Colorado Hospital is affiliated with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which will open a new facility on the campus in 2013.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center
The University of Colorado Cancer Center is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S., and is the only one in the Rocky Mountain region. The center boasts some of the highest five-year cancer survival rates of any center in its region, some of which are double the national average. Working in multidisciplinary teams, doctors at the University of Colorado utilize genetic testing and clinical trials to meet the needs of its patients. These teams – which may include surgeons, radiation oncologists and other experts specific to a patient’s situation – meet weekly to discuss their patients’ progress.
Mesothelioma is typically treated by a combination of therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. But this type of cancer can be extremely difficult to treat, and many other kinds of treatment modalities may be employed as well – not just for the patient but for the whole family. The University of Colorado Cancer Center offers free resources such as art therapy, support groups and classes at the Monfort Family Cancer Resource Center; alternative medicine, nutritional counseling and palliative care are also available.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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