Radiation oncology in South Metro Denver
Unique to the comprehensive Sky Ridge Cancer Center is our on-site radiation therapy program. Patient care is our number one priority, and our radiation therapy services are provided in a soothing environment overlooking our Healing Garden.
How does radiation therapy work?
Radiation therapy is an advanced cancer treatment using high-energy X-rays to damage and destroy cancer cells. The goal is to try and kill as much cancer as possible. This form of treatment, a part of many patients’ care plans, tends to work best when used with surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation is often used after surgery to kill any leftover cancer. It may also be used to shrink large tumors that are causing symptoms.
To speak to a radiation oncologist or learn more about our radiation therapy cancer treatment program, please call us at (720) 225-4200.
Our radiation therapy services
Sky Ridge provides cancer patients the latest in radiation therapy technology through:
- 100 percent CT-based treatment planning
- A full range of immobilization devices for improved reproducibility
- Capable of merging with diagnostic CT, MRI and PET scans
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and conformal 3D radiation therapy
- Linear accelerator (LINAC) treatment machine (pictured at right)
Cancers treated with radiation therapy at Sky Ridge
At Sky Range, we use this innovative technology to treat a wide range of cancer types, including:
- Blood cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
Learn more about cancer care at Sky Ridge, including the dedicated oncology nurse navigators who ensure our patients receive the highest-quality care and the educational resources they need along their cancer journey.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides you with convenient access to leading-edge cancer therapies and clinical trials. Through our Sarah Cannon oncology programs, we offer patients personal, individualized care with a trusted network of specialists who address every aspect of cancer care.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Sky Ridge Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a specially trained askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or fill out the askSARAH contact form to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.
Meet our radiation oncologist
Since November 2008, Dr. Charles Mateskon has been leading the radiation oncology program at Sky Ridge.
Using the most advanced radiation technologies, Dr. Mateskon treats a wide array of cancer types, including: breast, lung, colon, lymphoma, head and neck, dermatological cancers and many more.
In the following interview, Dr. Mateskon shares why he loves his job.
Q. What do you value most about working with your patients?
A. My patients are the reason I do this. They are wonderful people with many needs, both emotional and medical. We strive to meet those needs by giving them excellent, compassionate care and high quality treatments. Even if we don't achieve a cure, I feel we provide emotional and physical comfort to make each patient's path easier.
Q. What are your greatest challenges as a physician treating cancer patients?
A. Our greatest challenge is to improve on both length and quality of life for our patients. We like to think we can help everyone, but in fact we can't cure every person. Cancer includes many diseases that can do unpredictable things; I work very hard to do everything I can to help, but sometimes the cancer wins.
Q. What advantages does Sky Ridge offer to cancer patients?
A. Patient care is our primary goal. We have an extraordinary, interdisciplinary team that is an advocate for the patient. Aside from the depth of our medical team, we have created a soothing, healing environment in the Cancer Center as well as on our inpatient floor to help our patients through this challenging time. Our Cancer Care book provides our newly diagnosed patients with a wealth of information and support as they start treatment. In addition, we offer support groups, a cancer exercise program, lymphedema program and a volunteer program with survivors who offer reassurance and answer questions as only they can. I am quite proud of the depth of both the medical and emotional expertise that the Sky Ridge team offers.
Q. Is there anything you would like to communicate to your patients or their families that you don't usually get the opportunity to share?
A. I feel that the patients are in charge. I am here to serve them. We try to accommodate the patient's schedule, so it is convenient for him or her, rather than the other way around. I want to be there to make my patients' journey through cancer easier, and to make sure their needs are met. As part of meeting their needs, I try to maintain a sense of humor – not to be inappropriate, but because laughter is an important component of healing. Cancer treatment is not just about putting up with pain and suffering, it should be about living and enjoying life even if you happen to have cancer.