University of Colorado Cancer Center
1665 N. Ursula Street, PO Box 6510
Aurora, Colorado 80045
The University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC) has been ranked as high as 35th in the nation for excellent cancer care by U.S. News & World Report and it is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the Rocky Mountain Region’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, several University of Colorado Cancer Center physicians have been ranked in 5280 Magazine’s “2006 Top Doctors,” including Dr. John D. Mitchell, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (UCCC) Lung and Chest Cancer Program and Chief of the of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Mitchell was named by the magazine as one of Denver’s Top Doctors.
The University of Colorado Lung and Chest Cancer Program focuses on early detection, prevention, and treatment of all lung and chest cancers, including infrequent tumors of the chest such as mesothelioma. Other infrequent tumors of the chest treated at The University of Colorado Cancer Treatment Program include: carcinoid tumors, and thymoma and chest sarcomas. In addition to tumor board review, treatment options range from conventional options such as biological therapy, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to innovative clinical trials and experimental therapies.
UCCC has a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, meaning, physicians specializing in different treatment areas and with different specialties will work as a team to customize the best treatment or combination of treatments for each individual patients. The University of Colorado Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary approach also allows cancer patients to meet with the center’s lung and chest cancer specialists, including thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and radiation oncologists.
The University of Colorado Cancer Center also has a Lung and Chest Cancer Review Board consisting of experts in all disciplines such as oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiology and pathology. Patients may request that a member of the Lung and Chest Cancer Review Board examine their case. This individual will review and discuss the most appropriate course of treatment for each individual cancer case presented to them.
For individuals at high risk for lung cancer, including both smokers and former smokers, The University of Colorado Cancer Center Lung and Chest Cancer Program has an early detection, screening, and prevention program in place. The UCCC early detection, screening, and prevention program is one of the largest in the United States.