Kudos on your Feb. 3 article entitled "Living with cancer in the country: Many Wyoming residents must leave home to seek the care they need." In a state like Wyoming, the distances patients have to travel to receive quality cancer care make their lives very difficult. Having good navigation services helping the patient throughout their treatment is such a blessing to each patient, and it sounds like Rocky Mountain Oncology has a very caring navigation team.
I wanted to correct a misstatement about services in the state. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is the only American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer-accredited facility in the state of Wyoming. We have a beautiful new cancer center attached to the hospital that opened in 2014. We offer navigation, radiation oncology, ambulatory infusion and chemotherapy, lymphedema treatment, pharmacotherapy and nutrition counseling all within the cancer center proper. CRMC’s medical imaging includes digital X-ray, fluoroscopy, SPECT/CT, PET/CT, CT, MRI and ultrasound. This is all in one facility so we are also a one- stop shop! We provide clinical trials, genetic counseling and cancer risk assessment. We offer many free programs, as well, including massage therapy, yoga, cancer rehabilitation classes, support groups and a fully stocked wig and hat boutique and library.
I think Wyoming should be proud that we have several cancer centers within our state that are able to provide excellent quality care to the residents of this great state. Traveling to treatment will always be a hardship for our patients who live in the rural communities, and it’s good to know that there are programs to help them navigate the system wherever they go for treatment. Thanks for an excellent article.