Our cancer team recognizes that treating cancer must be a holistic process. That’s why our approach is to treat you as a whole person — rather than treat your disease only.
We treat you like we would a member of our family. Because when you’re fighting cancer that’s what we all are, a family.
St. Peter’s Approach to Cancer Care
We offer patients advanced cancer fighting options, such as immunotherapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy using the TrueBeam linear accelerator. We provide patient navigators who support you and your family through your entire experience, helping you focus on your emotional and mental needs during treatment.
Our affiliation with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at University of Utah brings world-class cancer care to Helena by improving access to top specialists and innovative care. The affiliation provides cancer and hematology patients in Helena with access to some of the world's top cancer experts and more treatment options, while expediting and streamlining care for those who may need to travel to HCI to seek care.
While our Cancer Care provides outpatient services, our team continues to serve patients who need inpatient treatment in our oncology unit in the hospital.
We provide a comprehensive set of services, including:
- Digital and 3D Mammography
- Ultrasound and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Lumpectomy and Mastectomy
- Breast Cancer Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy
- Radiation Therapy
We offer a wide range of services, including:
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Radiation Therapy
- VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
Our services include detection, treatment and surgery:
- Colorectal Surgery
- KRAS Testing
Our radiation team delivers external and internal radiation therapy, including:
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Our medical oncologists treat a variety of cancer types with some of the following:
- Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) therapy
- Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy
- Intrathecal Chemotherapy
General surgeons at St. Peter’s Health perform surgeries for:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Genitourinary cancer surgery
- Skin Cancer
- Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
- Thyroid Cancer
Quality Cancer Care at St. Peter’s
- Patient navigators: Each patient at St. Peter’s Health has free access to a dedicated nurse navigator who specializes in cancer. Patient navigators:
- Support you and your family throughout the cancer experience as part of your cancer care team
- Assess your emotional and mental needs
- Make referrals to appropriate services to address your needs
- Go with you to appointments to take notes
- Explain any medical information that is difficult to understand
- Help coordinate care between health care providers
- Team-based care: In addition to physicians and nurses, you will work with a variety of other specialists who understand the needs of cancer patients. Your team may also include social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, home health providers, spiritual practitioners and hospice professionals.
- Patient and family focused care: We offer a wide variety of cancer support services to make sure you’ve got all the support you need while you’re going through cancer treatment. Support services include free exercise and yoga classes, thanks to community partnerships with local fitness centers. And volunteers who make sure anyone going through infusion therapy is as comfortable as possible.
- Clinical trials: Cancer Care's radiation oncologist is a member of The Montana Cancer Consortium, a group that allows St. Peter’s Health to participate with the guidance of our nurse navigators in national clinical cancer trials approved by the National Cancer Institute. These are the same trials that are often available at universities and major medical centers.