Supportive Care

Our expert care team helps patients maintain a better quality of life from diagnosis through cancer treatment.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Colorado Cancer Center has an extensive team of experts ready to provide our patients with the most complete care available to fight and conquer cancer. In addition to groundbreaking clinical trials and advanced treatments and technologies, the CU Cancer Center offers resources to help patients and caregivers navigate challenges that arise throughout the cancer journey.

What is Supportive Oncology?

The University of Colorado Cancer Center, through our clinical partners at UCHealth, offers support for all oncology patients and their caregivers. Supportive oncology is care provided in addition to direct medical treatment to enhance quality of life for patients throughout their cancer journey. The goal of supportive oncology is to reduce the side effects caused by cancer treatment as well as address physical, psychological, social and spiritual challenges related to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Patient Resources

UCHealth Cancer Support

UCHealth offers supportive oncology programs and services to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and their caregivers. Supportive oncology services are offered in locations throughout the region.

Counseling Services

The University of Colorado Cancer Center, through our clinical partners at UCHealth, have oncology-trained psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers who can help cancer patients, caregivers, and families adjust to a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer Survivorship

The University of Colorado Cancer Center provides survivorship care plans (SCP) for its patients. A SCP is a document that summarizes a patient’s diagnosis, treatment, and reasons to contact their health care teams.

Cooking Classes

The University of Colorado Cancer Center offers cancer-focused cooking and nutrition classes through the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to provide cancer patients with individualized nutrition consults, assessments and nutrition recommendations tailored to offset cancer side effects throughout treatment.

Women's Cancer Development Therapeutics Program

The Women's Cancer Developmental Therapeutics Program seeks to increase the development of novel cancer therapies in Gynecologic and Breast cancers, leading to a decrease in cancer-related morbidity and mortality for patients.

BfitBwell Cancer Exercise Program

BfitBwell is a 3-month long individualized exercise program for individuals diagnosed with cancer who are currently going through treatment at the CU Cancer Center or no more than post 6 months treatment.

Who is a Cancer Caregiver?

A caregiver for someone with cancer is defined as an unpaid spouse, partner, family member or friend who gives the person with cancer emotional and physical care. Most often, they are not trained for the caregiver job. Caregivers have many roles that can change as the patient’s needs change during and after cancer treatment. 

Caregiver Resources

Oncology-trained social workers provide services to cancer patients, caregivers, and families to help with coping and reducing cancer-related stress. Social workers provide emotional support, help address concerns of patients and of family members, offer resources and referrals, and can help plan for the future. 

For more information/appointments: 720-848-9266