Resources

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Financial Help

When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, the financial strain on a family can be overwhelming. In some cases, a choice has to be made between paying for cancer-fighting drug therapies and buying groceries, filling a gas tank or paying a mortgage. That’s where great organizations come in:
 

Cancer Network of Sanders County

Cancer Network is a nonprofit organization that was formed to lend support to Sanders County residents with their cancer treatments. Funds are available to assist with travel expenses, medications, prostheses, wigs or other related expenses not covered by insurance. 406-826-4278

Cancer Network of Sanders County

Cancer Network is a nonprofit organization that was formed to lend support to Sanders County residents with their cancer treatments. Funds are available to assist with travel expenses, medications, prostheses, wigs or other related expenses not covered by insurance. 406-826-4278
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Susan G Komen Idaho/Montana

Susan G Komen/Montana

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Ava Nicole Foundation for community heALTH

2831 Fort Missoula Rd Missoula, MT 59804 (406) 926-2522

Ava Nicole Foundation for Community Health

2831 Fort Missoula Rd Missoula, MT 59804 (406) 926-2522
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Providence Montana Health Foundation

Providence Montana Health Foundation

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Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

Offers post-secondary scholarships to current year high school graduates who are survivors of cancer who reside in Montana.

Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

Offers post-secondary scholarships to current year high school graduates who are survivors of cancer who reside in Montana. (303) 886-5018
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Tough Enough to Wear Pink Montana

Tough Enough to Wear Pink Montana

Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana is dedicated to providing funds to local foundations, charities and individuals in support of awareness, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. They provide financial grants directly to individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment.
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Partnership for Prescription Assistance – Montana Chapter

Partnership for Prescription Assistance – Montana Chapter

About Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Offers Montanans a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. (888) 477-2669
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Organizations

Missoula office: 3550 Mullan Rd., Ste. 103, Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 728-1004,

Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
National Cancer Information Hotline: 1-(800)-ACS (227)-2345, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week . www.cancer.org

ACS is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Direct support includes:

  • Cancer Resource Center: Free access to resource information and support at Community Cancer Care, located at Community Medical Center.
  • Gift Closets: Women battling cancer can go to the Gift Closet for free wigs, hats and scarves located at three locations in Missoula: (1) The American Cancer Society, 3550 Mullan Road, Suite 301, (2) Community Cancer Care at Community Medical Center and (3) Cancer Center of Montana at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
  • Health Insurance Assistance Service: MT cancer patients can call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour toll-free number to speak with a health insurance specialist to ask about coverage and insurance programs specific to the state. Call 1 (800) 227-2345, 24/7.
  • Look Good…Feel Better: Trained cosmetologists offer free group sessions to teach female cancer patients beauty techniques to help enhance their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Call (406) 728-1004 for dates, times and locations.
  • Patient Lodging Program: Designed for cancer patients and one caregiver who must travel more than 50 miles or 90 minutes to receive cancer treatment. Participating hotels provide complimentary or reduced rate rooms to patients on a space available basis. Call (800) 227-2345 2 weeks in advance to arrange lodging.
  • Reach to Recovery: Trained breast cancer survivor volunteers provide support via phone or in person to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
  • Relay For Life: The largest signature fund-raiser of the American Cancer Society which includes survivor celebrations and memorial events.
  • Road to Recovery:  Trained volunteer drivers provide free rides to treatments and home again. Call (800) 227-2345 for more information.
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komenidahomontana.org/  and www.komen.org 
Komen Idaho Montana funds research and breast cancer programs for free mammograms, diagnostic services, treatment, and survivor support. Contact us for information about current grantee programs.​

www.mtcancercoalition.org/ MTCCC is a statewide collaborative of individuals and organizations working together to reduce the overall burden of cancer for Montanans. Workgroups address priority objectives through collaborative projects. To volunteer, or for more information, call (406) 258-3684.

Missoula City-County Health Department
301 W. Alder, Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 258-3684
https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/health-department/healthy-people-healthy-families/cancer-control
MCCP provides assistance to both individuals and professionals. Educational materials, speakers on cancer topics, consultations and research are available at no cost. Other services include cancer screening systems for provider offices and assisting businesses with employee wellness programs.

Learn about cancer, find support, leaving with cancer… A very helpful website to help you through your new journey.
https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org

Complementary Medicine​

Physical Therapy

Maria Iles, DPT, CLT-LANA

Maria is a physical therapist in Missoula, MT working at Three Rivers Physical Therapy. She has extensive training in Women’s Health and Oncology Rehabilitation including breast cancer rehabilitation, axillary cording, lymphedema management, pelvic pain, urinary/fecal issues, and post-radiation issues including vaginal stenosis and painful intercourse.
You can reach her at 406.541.8778or by email at maria@threeriversphysicaltherapy.com.

Mary Frank, PT

St. Patrick Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation 500 W. Broadway Missoula, MT 59802 406.329.5895

Dawn Christian, PT, DPT, CHT

Dawn is a physical therapist specialized in upper extremity rehabilitation (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand). She is also certified in Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation. Big Sky Physical Therapy, 316 W. Spruce Street, Missoula, MT 59802, (406) 541-9500

Callyn Bihr, DPT

Callyn Bihr works at Peak Performance Physical Therapy. She is also certified in Dry Needling and Lymphedema. You can reach her at 406.542.0808. Peak Performance carries mastectomy products

Genetic Testing

Hereditary cancer expertise & guidance for those who believe they may have an elevated risk of hereditary cancer.

Acupuncture

During treatment for cancer, some patients choose to receive acupuncture to manage side effects and improve quality of life. Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice which involves the gentle insertion of small needles that stimulate specific therapeutic points on the body to restore harmony and balance.

Acupuncture maybe helpful during and after treatment:

Patty Knotts

Acupuncturist, registered nurse, LIC Montana Building 101 E Broadway St Missoula, MT (406) 542-0646

Heather Ellsworth

Licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist and oriental medical practitioner Clinic of Missoula 3031 S Russell St, Ste 1 Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 728-1600

Laura Bergoust

Acupuncturist and Herbalist Montana Building
101 E Broadway St
Missoula, MT
(406) 241-6451,

Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to primary health care focused on natural therapies that emphasize prevention and the body’s self-healing. With a focus on treating the whole person, naturopathic physicians take into account each patient’s unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors when considering a treatment plan. Rather than eliminating or merely suppressing symptoms, naturopathic physicians work to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness while also promoting wellness. Drawing from a large and diverse toolkit, naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural therapies with current treatments.

DR. MARGARET COFFEY specializes in providing naturopathic care to current or past cancer patients, incorporating a broad spectrum of treatments centered around patient preferences. She also focuses on naturopathic primary care.

CLINIC: (M-F) 9AM – 4:30PM
1805 BANCROFT, MISSOULA, MT, 59801
(406) 317-1965
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Herbalist

Elaine Sheff
Clinical Herbalist, RH (AHG)
Green Path Herb School
180 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT, 59801
(406) 274-2009

Elaine is seeing patients undergoing chemo and/or post-chemo. She is incredibly knowledgeable and works hand in hand with western medicine. She gave us an amazing presentation about Herbal Support For Cancer. It was very enlightening to learn about herbs, Chinese herbs, mushrooms, essentials oils, supplements, diet, lifestyle… Here is her presentation: Herbal Support for Cancer

To book a consultation with Elaine or to sign up for her different classes, visit her website

Learn more about herbs by downloading this free book by Elaine Sheff, on growing and making your own herbal remedies.

  • the medicinal uses, and how to identify each herb
  • how to grow each herb in your garden
  • 10 herbal recipes including herbal honey, eye wash, tea, throat spray, body oil, cough drops, salve, poultice and liniment

MonaLisa Touch

Women who are experiencing symptoms related to aging and estrogen loss—including vaginal dryness, itching, painful intercourse and stress incontinence—now have a solution that doesn’t require hormone replacement therapy or surgery. MonaLisa Touch® is non-invasive laser treatment that is significantly improving the quality of life for women suffering from these symptoms.  Performed in-office by our trained and experienced team of female providers, this gentle procedure requires no anesthesia, takes less than five minutes and is hormone free. It is designed to help postmenopausal women, as well as breast cancer survivors. MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue, which stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin and blood flow. A typical course of treatment is three treatments over 18 weeks. The procedure is changing lives

Ask your gynecologist or primary care doctor for more information, or call Jennifer O’Connor, RN, MonaLisa Touch Program Coordinator at 5 Valleys Urology  at 406-532-5676.

5 Valleys Urology
2875 Tina Ave., Ste 101
Missoula, MT 59808

​Conscious Connected Breathing

​EMPOWER YOURSELF WITH YOUR BREATH AND RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY NATURALLY! Conscious Connected Breathing is a technique that facilitates letting go of stress, anxiety, and stored suppression; creating the possibility for freer senses, profound relaxation, improved breathing, and self-acceptance. This workshop includes a complete explanation of the process, one breathing session, and the processing of experiences—all within a safe, private, and loving environment. ​ Please bring a pillow and blanket to the session. The courses are taught by Jenn Maricelli at the Red Willow Center in Missoula. Jenn is a Holistic Health Practitioner and registered MA (Medical Assistant). She holds a B.A. in Holistic Health Science and is the founder of Holistic Intuitive Wellness, LLC, in Missoula. She works privately with clients using energy therapy, aromatherapy, meditation, and Therapeutic Breathwork. She is a certified Therapeutic Breathworker through Transformations Breathwork Training Program in Milwaukee, WI, and is also a member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance. Jenn has practiced and experienced many modalities and found the Conscious Connected Breathing Technique to be one of the most transformative in her life. She is dedicated to creating a safe, sacred, loving space where true healing can be experienced. She is a partner in pathfinding, empowering you to connect to your source, truth, and personal power through the spirit of breathing.​

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Cami Cote is a talented therapist and teacher. She is located downtown Missoula​. 406-218-9040 | cami@rivercityyoga.net
Visit Cami’s website for more information : www.rivercityyoga.net

Workshops

Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants. Casting for Recovery healing program is unique! For women who have had surgery or radiation as part of their breast cancer treatment, the gentle motion of fly casting can be good physical therapy for increasing mobility in the arm and upper body. Couple that with the emotional benefits of connecting with nature, and you’ve got powerful medicine. The retreats are unconventional and described by many women as life-changing.

Check out their latest news and information on Facebook!

Program Coordinator:
Erin Sprunger
ESprungWF@gmail.com
415-781-9489

Mending in the Mountains

Mending in the Mountains is an annual women’s retreat for Montana women who have experienced cancer. Located in Big Sky, Montana, this popular weekend retreat is a time of healing, relaxation, friendship, education and laughter.
For more information, contact the organization at 582-1600. Download the Mending in the Mountains brochure HERE.

​Camp-Mak-A-Dream

Camp-Mak-A-Dream spring retreats are designed to bring together women from all walks of life, at all points in their lives, in treatment or out, newly diagnosed or long-term survivor; together and in an open, accepting environment. These retreats aim to empower participants through education, recreation and relaxation in a setting where it’s okay to admit how good the comfort feels that comes with a shoulder — or 20 — to lean on.

Sign up at www.campdream.org

​The Learning Center at Red Willow

The Red Willow Center for Health and Healing embodies holistic health. The center has the ability to work with clients and patients in an integrated way  and is housed in a beautiful space created to support this type of vision and work.  Visit  and explore the many opportunities available to enhance and optimize your health and well-being.
Red Willow Learning Center – 825 W. Kent Street – Missoula, MT 59801 – 406.721.0033 Website: Red Willow Learning Center

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