- Pediatric Cancer
- To Make an Appointment:
(406) 238-2500, ext. 5097
2800 10th Ave. N.
Billings, MT 59101
The Billings Clinic Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (cancer and blood disorders) team provides a family-based plan to treating childhood cancer and blood disorders. The team includes Courtney Lyle, MD, Paul Kelker, MD, Mandy Miller, RN, BSN and Sarah Blackburn, MS.
Pediatrics Cancer Team: Sarah Blackburn, MS; Courtney Lyle, MD; Mandy Miller, RN, BSN; (not pictured – Paul Kelker, MD)
Pediatric Cancer services include diagnosis, treatment and research for children with cancer (oncology) and blood disorders (hematology) in infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Special interests include:
- Pediatric cancer including follow-up care for young adults who have had childhood cancers
- Pediatric blood disorders, including anemias, platelet disorders, hemophilia, and other bleeding and clotting disorders.
The Billings Clinic pediatric cancer team works with pediatric cancer specialists in other cities to find the best treatment for each child, including innovative clinical research trials.
Drs. Kelker and Lyle work with an experienced team of oncology and hematology experts at the Pediatric Center and the Cancer Center, providing care navigation, infusion, research trials, supportive care and survivorship.
Sarah Blackburn, MS is the Pediatric Oncology Social Worker. Sarah is a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, and Mandy Miller, RN is a pediatric nurse with a special interest in caring for children with cancer.
The goal of the team approach to treatment is to enhance the emotional and physical well-being of children with cancer and their families. The team also provides various events for the benefit of the families such as therapeutic horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, and other fun, family activities.
Needs may be many and varied for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. Therefore, various programs and services are provided to enable families to navigate the medical system and to receive the support, which aids in the healing process.
The Kelker's Kids fund at Billings Clinic Foundation also supports children with cancer by helping with non-medical needs, such as travel costs.
Excerpts from the Pediatric Cancer Handbook
|Walking day and night
'til you see a light
Then a cure is in sight
You've won the fight
That takes a lot of might.
Michael, Age 8
Alex, Age 3
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia