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Cancer Treatment Center in Gunnison Valley

Compassionate Cancer Care

A cancer diagnosis is among the most difficult to receive. Concern, fear, and confusion are just a few of the emotions that come into play; emotions that affect the patient and everyone close to them.

We understand that cancer is a lot to handle. That's why we offer personalized treatment in a calm, supportive, and comfortable setting, right here in Gunnison County.

Chemotherapy Provided Locally

Nothing is easy for cancer patients. As treatment progresses they often experience fatigue and need help getting to and from treatment. Traveling long distances just adds to the burden, particularly in winter, which is one of the reasons why Gunnison Valley Health opened our Cancer Care Center.

Treatments take place in a quiet, private environment and we work to treat each patient as an individual. Simple things, such as arranging treatments at times that work for the patient and their families, and giving cell phone numbers for questions that come up after hours, are just part of how we deliver complete care. Since we work with physicians in other communities, part-time residents can continue therapy during their time in the Gunnison Valley.

Highest Standard of Care from Dedicated Specialists

The Gunnison Valley Health oncology team includes:

  • Paulette Blanchet, M.D.
  • Chuck Turner, Director of Oncology Services
  • Trisha Boulware, Oncology Nurse
  • Bailey Brothers, Nurse Navigator
  • Heidi Coady, Clinic Coordinator

Working as a team, Dr. Blanchet, along with Chuck, Bailey, and Heidi provide care that is individualized and personal. Dr. Blanchet is skilled in the latest cancer treatment protocols and work to spend extra time with patients and their families, offering not only their clinical expertise but their compassion and support.

The Cancer Treatment Center is supported by Chuck Turner, R.N., who is dedicated to serving oncology patients full-time. Chuck is the department director and is certified as an oncology nurse with over 15 years' experience. He is passionate about providing personalized care for patients before, during, and after treatment.

Gunnison Valley Health also offers treatment navigation with Bailey Brothers, a nurse navigator. A cancer diagnosis can be scary, confusing, and lonely. Bailey walks alongside our patients to guide them through their treatment plan, and assist in any way she can to make a patient's experience as smooth and positive as it possibly can be.

Treating the Gunnison Valley Community since 2007

Types of Oncology services performed at the Cancer Care Clinic

  • Chemotherapy- works by targeting rapidly growing cancer cells either throughout the body or in a specific area of the body
  • Precision Medicine
    • Advanced Genomic Testing- identifies the DNA mutation that may be driving the growth of a specific tumor and may help doctors identify treatments designed to target those mutations
    • Genetic Testing- gene mutations that are passed down from one generation to the next and may be useful in helping to make informed decisions about how to manage future risks of cancer
    • Immunotherapy- broad category of cancer therapies designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to better recognize and fight cancer
    • Targeted Therapy- designed to seek out features unique to cancer cells and target specific proteins or mutations that may be driving the cancer’s growth

Other types of conditions treated at the Cancer Care Center

  • Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Immune deficiencies requiring IVIG therapies
  • Asthma
  • Osteoporosis

Dr. Blanchet also collaborates with other doctors and specialists in many medical groups such as: The University of Colorado Cancer Center, MD Anderson and Mayo Clinic so that patients from the valley can continue their care close to home.

Contact Us

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9-5

Location: South Entrance of Gunnison Valley Health Hospital, 711 North Taylor Street, Gunnison, CO 81230

Phone: 970-642-4773

Meet Our Cancer Care Team

Paulette Blanchet, MD:

  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Statistics
  • University of Louisiania at Lafayette, Master of Business Administration
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center, Internship
  • Louisiana State Medical Center, Residency
  • Louisiana State Medical Center, Fellowship in Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chuck Turner, RN, BSN, OCN:

  • Western State College
  • Regis University, Denver, CO, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Trisha Boulware, RN, BA, BSN:

  • State University of New York at Geneseo, NY, Bachelor of Arts
  • Regis University, Denver, CO, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bailey Brothers​, RN, BSN, BMTCN​:

  • University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Our cancer care team treats multiple types of cancers such as breast, lung, colon, ovarian, prostate, and brain tumors. Gunnison Valley Health oncology also treats blood malignancies such as leukemias, lymphomas, and different kinds of myeloma.

Gunnison Valley Health Cancer Care Center – Gunnison
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-642-4773 | 970-642-4774 (Fax)