Beyond Treatment

Beyond Treatment 2017-02-10T02:27:21+00:00

We have a local Blue Envelope Health Fund volunteer van service as well as a Help for Health van from the Lander-Riverton area to serve our patients. The Casper and Riverton vans are not wheelchair accessible. To reserve a free ride on either van, please call our office at 307-235-5433 for information on scheduling. Please note that your physician appointment or treatment appointment may take longer than the Lander-Riverton van lay-over. Therefore, on occasion it may be necessary to drive or make overnight accommodations.

If you need to make overnight accommodations or arrangements for your stay during treatment, a list of commercial hotels/motels will be provided. Another alternative might be Masterson Place. At Masterson Place rooms are available for families and extended stays; a van service will transport patients and families to Wyoming Medical Center and Wyoming Oncology. If you are medically handicapped, some local assisted living centers may offer temporary rooms to rent.

Please contact your patient guide, Sam Carrick, for further information:

Sam Carrick
(307) 235-5433
Email

In Laramie, contact the front office (307-742-7586) for housing (IMH Guest House) or van transportation needs.

Stay connected with family and friends throughout your treatment and recovery as you cope with a serious medical condition. CaringBridge is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to bring together a global community of care powered by the love of family and friends in an easy, accessible and private way.

  • Create and personalize your own private website for free
  • Share important updates about your situation with everyone who wants to know in one convenient location
  • Stay connected with family and friends as often as you like in a pressure-free forum
  • Receive the support, love and encouragement from those people who matter most

How it works:

  1. From any computer with access to the internet, go to http://caringbridge.org/rockymountainoncology
  2. Click on “Create a CaringBridge site” and follow the easy directions
  3. Tell your friends and family about your CaringBridge website

Private and Secure
CaringBridge sites are not searchable by Internet search engines (like Google, Yahoo!, etc.) You must know the specific site name – which only allows access to family and friends who have been given that name. Site authors can choose to add additional security features, including requiring visitors to register before entering the site and requiring a password.

Sometimes financial questions can distract from your treatment experience. Your financial counselor is here to be one of your first points of contact as your on-site resource for financial concerns and questions as well as to evaluate your personal needs.

In order to provide you with the best possible care, we have designed a financial assistance policy that helps us identify those patients who qualify for no-cost or reduced-cost of care, as well as those who are eligible for discounts under a sliding fee schedule. We apply this policy to both insured and uninsured patients.

Some items your financial counselor can assist with are:

  • Insurance
  • Charity applications
  • Your financial account information
  • Patient financial responsibility and co-pay
  • Financial adjustments

At Wyoming Oncology, we believe in providing personal guidance in such a way that allows our patients to spend their energy focusing on their own well-being, their treatments and on healing.

If you or a loved one find yourself faced with financial challenges while undergoing treatment at our facility, please feel free to contact your personal Financial Counselor now for immediate assistance.

Wyoming Oncology is a spacious, comfortable, state-of-the-art 19,000 square foot center that not only offers excellence in medicine but an environment of comfort and retreat.

The Community Resource Room is an oasis set up for our patients, families and friends to read while relaxing in one of the 2 massage chairs, sitting by our stone fireplace while watching television, enjoy access to internet communications, kitchen amenities or enjoying a light snack while waiting when undergoing treatment. The room features scenic etched glass windows, bright natural sunlight and an atmosphere of peace that helps heal the spirit while modern technology and medicine manage the disease.

We gladly supply a variety of snacks and beverages to our patients. If you will be staying over the lunch hour, please feel free to bring a sack lunch, have someone else bring in lunch, or choose from our light food selection.

In addition to the Community Resource Room, Wyoming Oncology has a new resource center available to our patients and staff. The area is secluded, comfortable and overlooks a panoramic vista that soothes the spirit as well as inspires a focus of wellbeing. The area includes reading materials, pamphlets and books on coping with cancer. It also contains literature on nutrition and exercise for cancer patients to be used in conjunction with modern treatments. A fitness area is also available to our cancer patients and includes two elliptical trainers, two stationary bicycles and isometric weight training. A massage therapist has been added to our staff and is available to patients two days per week.

Wyoming Oncology staff are truly committed to one team … one focus … life.

Wyoming Oncology provides genetic counseling to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Many cancers occur by chance, but as many as 10% of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation. People who carry one of these mutations may have an increased chance to develop cancer and also may pass the genetic mutation on to their children. Our cancer genetics program helps to identify people at risk for hereditary cancer and to provide education to reduce that risk, including cancer screening, education on cancer prevention, and cancer risk-reduction planning.

Who should meet with our Genetic Counselor?

  • Any patient with a concern about genetics and cancer is a candidate for counseling; however, patients who meet the following criteria are most helped by genetic counseling:
  • Individuals with a cancer diagnosis at an early age (before the age of 50)
  • Individuals with a personal history of cancer who are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
  • Individuals with multiple primary cancers
  • Individuals with a family history of multiple cases of cancer on the same side of the family
  • Individuals with rare cancers (such as ovarian cancer or male breast cancer)

What happens during genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling typically occurs over 2-3 visits. The first visit usually lasts 60 minutes with subsequent visits lasting 15-30 minutes. The cost for genetic counseling, including all visits, is $100 payable at the time of the first visit. We cannot bill insurance directly for this service, but we will provide a receipt which can be submitted to insurance.

During the first visit, the genetic counselor will review medical history and family history information. They will also explain basic information concerning genetics, the genes associated with an increased risk for cancer, testing options, and management options. The genetic counselor will perform a cancer risk assessment based on the information provided and will discuss the chance that the cancer in your family may be caused by a gene. Depending on the risk, any genetic testing that could be helpful for you and your family will also be discussed.

If genetic testing is indicated, and you decide to pursue testing, blood draws for genetic testing will be performed at a subsequent visit. The cost of genetic testing varies, but may be covered by insurance. Results from testing typically take 2-4 weeks and a final visit will be scheduled with the genetic counselor to review your test results and discuss any management or follow up recommendations.

What is a Cancer Support Group?
The Wyoming Oncology cancer support group offers a safe, confidential environment to connect with others who are facing similar challenges associated with cancer care. The group, which is facilitated by a licensed counselor, utilizes empathy, compassion and even humor to help discuss the issues.

What are the benefits of participating in a Support Group?
People entering the complex world of cancer care face challenges that can leave them feeling overwhelmed, afraid and alone. Sometimes talking to even the most supportive family members and friends may be difficult. A support group can help provide the emotional strength and support to help our patients live with cancer. Benefits include:

  • Connect with others who have also been diagnosed with cancer
  • Talk about emotional needs and feelings related to cancer
  • Share ideas about managing treatment-related side effects
  • Discuss ways in which cancer has affected personal relationship
  • Learn how to communicate about cancer
  • Discuss and embrace survivorship

Is there are charge to participate in a support group?
No. The support group is a complementary service offered by Wyoming Oncology to support their patients.

Where do I sign up?
Cancer Support Group currently meets on Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm.

Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.

Wyoming Oncology offers acupuncture as part of its wellness mission to help patients heal both the physical and emotional stress caused by cancer.

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a practice which involves inserting thin needles into different parts of the body to reduce pain and other symptoms. It may be used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments to help offset side effects or other symptoms that may be related to the therapies or the cancer itself.

Is it safe?
Yes. Acupuncture therapy can be provided safely for most cancer patients. Treatments are customized for each patient and take into account the type of cancer, areas that have been recently treated with radiation or surgery, and other relevant medical conditions. Close communication between the patient, physician and acupuncturist allows for the safe delivery of acupuncture therapy while maximizing the therapeutic benefits.

What are the benefits of acupuncture therapy?
Acupuncture plays a complimentary role to traditional cancer treatments by offering physical and emotional benefits for patients at any stage of cancer care. This form of therapy relates to the flow of energy through the body with a premise that imbalances or interruptions contribute to pain and other symptoms.

During acupuncture treatments, a trained specialist inserts tiny, sterile needles just under the skin in precise locations (called acupoints) that may be associated with a patient’s specific symptoms. The insertion of the needles, which is essentially painless, helps control symptoms by restoring the energy flow.

Some evidence supports that acupuncture can help reduce the amount of medication patients take to manage symptoms such as pain, thereby decreasing related side effects. Acupuncture is often relaxing and may significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. Benefits for patients with cancer include:

  • Controlled pain
  • Reduced nausea and vomiting
  • Improved mood and outlook (decreased anxiety and depression)
  • Expedited healing
  • Boosted immunity
  • Increased energy (reduced fatigue)
  • Decreased breathlessness
  • Sharpened mental abilities
  • Enhanced appetite
  • Diminished hot flashes
  • Stimulated salivary flow (for patients with a reduced ability to make saliva)

Will insurance cover acupuncture therapy?
Many commercial insurance carriers will pay for acupuncture therapy services. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information please call 235-5433.

When is acupuncture therapy offered?
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.

Wyoming Oncology offers massage therapy as part of its wellness mission to help patients heal both the physical and emotional stress caused by cancer.

What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy, which involves the manipulation of soft tissues and muscles to relax the body and improve quality of life, is one of the earliest healing arts and originated in China. Massage therapy dates back to 3000 B.C.

Is it safe?
Yes. Massage therapy can be provided safely for most cancer patients. Treatments are customized for each patient and take into account the type of cancer, areas that have been recently treated with radiation or surgery, and other relevant medical conditions. Close communication between the patient, physician and therapist allows for the safe delivery of massage while maximizing the therapeutic benefits.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy complements standard cancer treatments by offering both physical and emotional benefits for patients at any stage of cancer care from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. Several studies demonstrate the extensive health benefits of massage including the management of many common symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Evidence supports that it may even help to boost the immune system. Benefits include:

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • Eases depression
  • Reduces pain
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • Enhances energy and alertness

Will insurance cover massage therapy?
Many commercial insurance carriers will pay for massage therapy service. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information please call 235-5433.

When is massage therapy offered?

  • Tuesdays 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursdays 11am – 2pm
  • Fridays 9am – 1pm

Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.

What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy involves the use of therapeutic exercises and activities to rebuild muscle strength, coordination and help regain previous functional levels. Physical therapists are the specialists who develop individualized rehabilitation plans according to the type of cancer and the specific goals for a patient. Plans may include strength and balance training, ambulation and range of motion exercises.

Is it safe?
The physical therapy staff works closely with patients and their families from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. They are dedicated to returning patients to independent living as quickly as possible.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?
Comprehensive cancer care involves more than just treating the cancer. At times surgery and other cancer treatments leave patients weakened, diminishing the level of independence and quality of life. Following treatment some patients may experience lymphedema which is characterized by fluid retention and swelling, most commonly in the arm or leg. The goals of physical therapy are to strengthen the body and restore movement. Benefits of physical therapy include:

  • Accelerated recovery
  • Increased range of motion, flexibility and balance
  • Improved strength and conditioning
  • Decreased pain
  • Restored function
  • Renewed independence
  • Lowered risk of post-treatment lymphedema
  • Reduced anxiety

Will insurance cover physical therapy?
Most commercial insurance companies will pay for physical therapy services. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist.

Where do I sign up?
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment.