Community Involvement & Partnerships
In 2008, St. Anthony Hospitals was fortunate to receive a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, in the amount of
$120,000, to enable our facility to treat indigent breast cancer patients in our community. The resulting funded project is intended to provide medical and ancillary services for these individuals, also linking these patients with appropriate community resources, as needed. Patient selection is based upon the following criteria:
- Level of financial need
- Availability of services in area of residence. The anticipated patient profile will translate into any breast cancer individual between 30-70 years of age who has little or no insurance and also a great financial need. She/he will likely reside in Denver, Adams or Jefferson counties, or in an outlying area with no diagnostic or treatment services available.
Based on past patient data, an expected 50 percent of the patients in the project will receive lumpectomies, and 50 percent will undergo mastectomies. 40 percent are expected to need radiation therapy, and 50 percent will require chemotherapy, including the use of hormones. Extrapolating from previous data, patients will also need transportation, counseling, guidance with an exercise program, childcare services, supplemental meals and a range of in-home services. In addition, every patient will be integrated into a support group, along with any interested family members. St. Anthony Hospitals will either provide these services for the participating patients, or will act as intermediary in procuring them from within the community.
St. Anthony Central Hospital joined in partnership with the Colorado Cancer Research Program (CCRP) in 2006, for collaboration on National Cancer Institute (NCI)–sponsored clinical trials. A nonprofit community-based cancer program, CCRP was established to provide community hospitals and physicians access to a wide range of cancer research trials in order to provide their patients with greater options for the treatment, control, and prevention of cancer.
CCRP is one of 55 community oncology programs in the United States designated to participate in conducting cancer clinical trials as the best way to test how to treat, control and prevent cancer.
For more information, contact:
Colorado Cancer Research Program, Inc.
2253 S. Oneida St., Ste B
Denver, CO 80224
This program is coordinated out of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center in Aurora, Colorado, and received a $3 million grant from Colorado Tobacco Taxes in 2006. It is based at over 65 community health clinics across Colorado, offering free endoscopic (colonoscopy) screening exams to Colorado residents meeting these criteria:
- Age 50 or over, or for those under 50 with increased risk for colorectal cancer
- No health insurance
- Household income below 250% of the federal poverty level
- Legal resident of Colorado
- Eligible for a colorectal screening according to American Cancer Society guidelines
St. Anthony Hospital has treated two patients from this program in 2007. To find a participating clinic in the Denver area, please call 1-866-227-7914.