Recent Collaboration Brings New Resource to Cancer Patients at Billings Clinic
The American Cancer Society and Billings Clinic recently collaborated to create a new position to provide cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers with free and up-to-date information and support through the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator program. Sarah Wendt began with the American Cancer Society on January 2, 2013 and is based at the Billings Clinic Cancer Center located at 801 N. 29th Street. The Billings Clinic Cancer Center, a member of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) network, is the largest cancer treatment center in Montana and is excited to partner with the American Cancer Society in providing this additional resource for patients.
As an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, Wendt will work collaboratively with the nine cancer nurse navigators and two oncology social workers at Billings Clinic to link those affected by cancer to information, services, and local resources.
"A cancer diagnosis can be a scary and confusing experience, and I have been trained as a patient navigator to provide support through the entire journey so the patient and family do not have to go through it alone; whether it be lodging or transportation needs, or simply someone to talk to, I am always available," reports Wendt.
People interested in visiting with Wendt can stop by the Billings Clinic Cancer Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 pm or call 406-435-7107. Anyone who wishes to speak to a cancer information specialist from the comfort of their own home can call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour toll-free information line at 1-800-227-2345 to be linked with resources in the community and to obtain information about local events. In addition to the local American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center and the 24-hour information line, comprehensive cancer information can be obtained at cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and encourage communities worldwide to join the fight. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Billings Clinic is Montana's largest health care organization with a group practice structure consisting of a team-oriented community of physicians who work together to provide primary and specialty regional medical care for the entire population of Montana, the western Dakotas and northern Wyoming. Billings Clinic is the only Montana MAGNET designated health care organization. Recently, Billings Clinic joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system in Montana to have passed Mayo's rigorous review process and selected as a member of the network. Billings Clinic is the Mayo Clinic's exclusive Care Network member for all of Montana and northern Wyoming.