The Rocky Mountain Regional VA cancer and blood disorders department provides state of the art diagnostic services, cancer surgery, chemotherapy and other cancer-directed therapies, and research including clinical trials. We also provide supportive and social services, as well as survivorship programs.
Appointments and nurse navigation
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Main oncology numbers
Mindy Peterson, RN: 720-857-5844
Becky Oakes, RN: 720-723-6496
Amy Savoie, RN: 720-723-3152
Nicole Bessey, RN (lung navigator): 720-723-3151
Procedures and treatments
We provide many different diagnostic and treatment procedures and medications here at the VA and through our community partners.
Services provided at Rocky Mountain VA Regional Medical Center include but are not limited to biopsies, drains, catheter/port/line placements. Liver directed therapies include TACE/TAE, microwave and alcohol ablations, portal vein embolization. Other cancer treatments include cryoablation of kidney and lung masse and other painful metastatic lesions. Pain management procedures include kyphoplasty, celiac plexus block, facet/joint injections, epidural injections, and blood patches. Urologic interventions include nephrostomy, nephroureteral stenting, varicocele embolization. Vascular procedures include angiography with embolization including uterine and prostate artery, DVT thrombectomy, pulmonary embolectomy, thoracic duct embolization, IVC filter placements and retrievals.
Oncology social work
Oncology social work provides support and services which can reduce stress for you and your loved ones though all phases of the cancer journey. The social worker is available to help as little or as much as you need. As your resource, the social worker can offer assistance and support in areas including:
- Advanced care planning
- Psychological/emotional support
- Care coordination
- Crisis management
- Health literacy
- Social support
- Practical needs (lodging, food, transportation etc.)
- VA benefit information/disability benefits
- Palliative care and hospice
As an eligible VA patient, you may self-refer to the oncology department with a biopsy proven cancer diagnosis.
Lisa Harrison, LCSW: 720-723-3430
Oncology research is an integrated component of oncology care services. We offer unique, cutting-edge trials for a wide variety of cancer types, to better support our Veteran patients. We provide access to many treatment and observational trials in coordination with groups including National Cancer Institute, the VA Cooperative Studies Program, the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations, as well as offering investigator-initiated studies and industry-sponsored trials. Our goal is to offer an opportunity to participate in high-quality clinical trials to as many patients as possible. We currently have a large suite of trials that address solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.
Clinical trial FAQs
Caitlin Hutchinson, MS - Clinical research manager
Investigators: All of our providers are involved in research