Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Billings Clinic Cancer Center
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
The Billings Clinic Cancer Center is part of the non-profit health care organization, Billings Clinic, located in Billings, Montana. The hospital provides premium care to the citizens of Montana, Wyoming, and the Western Dakotas. Billings has been selected as one of the nation’s thirty National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers. Here physicians provide advanced clinical research trials, innovative treatment therapies and procedures, including the minimally invasive da Vinci Surgical System. The center uses a multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists with help and support from oncology certified nurses to collaborate in advanced research, cancer care, and treatment.
Specialists create a treatment plan to reduce symptoms, minimize spreading, and/or to palliate the condition. Patients receive optimal care in 13 open treatment bays and 12 private rooms at the Bob and Penni Nance Infusion Center, and in the inpatient unit providing 26 private suites for patients’ comfort and safety. Five medical oncologists provide chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and other targeted therapies. Radiation oncologists use therapies including External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) to maximize the number of cancer cells killed.
The Billings Clinic started with the expertise of two physicians in a general practice and eventually expanded into the largest practice in the region with over 250 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners in 35 health departments. The health system started under the general practice of Dr. Arthur J. Movius in 1911. Dr. J.H. Bridenbaugh joined Movius and brought experience in obstetrics and radiology to the practice. Over the next few decades, various physicians joined the facility due to an increase in the area population and a corresponding increase in the need for medical services. A decision was made in 1907 to begin developing a new hospital. The Billings Deaconness Hopsital opened on June 30, 1927 with 58 beds, 12 doctors, and 16 nurses.
Several expansions took place over the next several years allowing for more physicians and nurses to join the facility, as well as for more advanced services and treatment options to be offered. In 1972, the hospital was able to pioneer the first successful open-heart surgery in Billings, Montana. The facility eventually merged with the Billings Clinic to become one health care organization known as The Deaconness Billings Clinic. The name changed to Billings Clinic in 2005, and within the next couple years a new emergency and trauma center, surgical center, and a new inpatient cancer care unit opened to the public. The center provided cancer care services on an inpatient and outpatients status.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the Billings Clinic Cancer Center
The Billings Clinic Multidisciplinary Lung Center at the Billings Clinic Cancer Center specializes in treating lung diseases through its thoracic (lung) cancer program. A multidisciplinary team of lung specialists use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to determine which treatment options are most beneficial to each patient. Highly-skilled surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists use multiple treatment modalities on patients with mesothelioma and other forms of thoracic cancer.
Patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other types of thoracic or lung cancers are referred to the center by a medical provider in order to arrange for diagnostic procedures and medical consults. A preliminary plan is organized for each patient until the lung conference/tumor board can analyze all diagnostic findings and devise a recommended treatment plan. The physicians and support staff at the thoracic (lung) cancer program use a variety of diagnostic tools to detect cancer in patients including CT scans, PET scans, Bronchoscopy, Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy, Thoracoscopy, and Thoracentesis. These tools help physicians to determine a prognosis and recommended treatment plan. Specialists will often recommend a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, laser therapy, and/or endoscopic stent placement depending on the diagnosis.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette