Grand Valley Oncology marks first year of offering radiation treatments

Grand Valley Oncology in Grand Junction has marked the one-year anniversary of offering radiation treatments for cancer patients in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.

Working with the University of Utah Health Care and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Community Hospital began providing radiation oncology in March 2016. Since then, Grand Valley Oncology has treated more than 150 patients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone for Community Hospital’s radiation oncology program,” said Dr. J. Ryan Bagley, a radiation oncologist. “It is important that cancer patients have a choice in where to receive treatment locally. We believe Grand Valley Oncology is a great choice for cancer patients in the Grand Valley and surrounding areas.”

Grand Valley Oncology opened in December 2014. Drs. JoAnne Virgilio and Diane Melancon, medical oncologists; Dr. Ruth Higdon, a gynecologic oncology surgeon; Michael Appel, an oncology pharmacist; and nearly 20 oncology nurses joined Community Hospital to develop a new cancer program. A year later, Community Hospital announced its formal affiliation with the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Community Hospital has developed a full-service cancer center, offering both medical and radiation oncology services.

Community Hospital’s radiation therapy team works closely with medical oncologists, surgeons and specialists from other disciplines to provide comprehensive cancer care. Drs. Bagley and Gayle Miller, radiation oncologists, and Charles Fuller,  a medical physicist, target treatment of tumors with precision to spare healthy surrounding tissue, in turn maximizing cures while minimizing side effects.

For more information on the services provided by Grand Valley Oncology, call 254-3180 or visit