The Billings Clinic Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (cancer and blood disorders) team provides a family-based plan to treating childhood cancer and blood disorders.
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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.
The pediatric cancer team works 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. Lucinda McLean, RN and Kelli Binder, RN are pediatric hematology/oncology certified nurses.
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.
Pediatric Cancer Resources
Beads of Courage
Beads of Courage is a research based and supported professional program in response to the need for more supportive care programs for children experiencing cancer and related treatments. The program is designed to honor the journey children take when they are diagnosed with cancer. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.
By receiving a different colored bead for every procedure the Beads of Courage program honors the child's journey by acknowledging their feelings, fostering courage and by developing a connection with the providers. The Beads of Courage program aids in reducing distress during the treatment process.
Sarah Blackburn, MS, Pediatric Social Worker for Billings Clinic obtained training for administering Beads of Courage in March of 2006 and has since enrolled 20 pediatric cancer patients in the program. The program is available in 11 oncology programs nation wide and continues to expand.
These links will help you in finding more information to enhance your understanding of your child's diagnosis and resources to aid you throughout treatment and beyond. These sites contain up-to-date, accurate information and will link you to other reputable resources as well.
The Kelker's Kids fund at Billings Clinic Foundation also supports children with cancer by helping with non-medical needs, such as travel costs.
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