YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK
When you participate in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, you will help cancer patients through Norton Cancer Institute, the leading provider of cancer care in the Louisville and Southern Indiana region. Our goal is to ensure that we help individuals and families in our region conquer cancer by offering the programs, services and advanced care our entire community deserves. We need your help! Our region has rates of lung, breast, prostate, colon, and cervical cancer that are higher than the national average. With your support, we can:
- Fund research that works toward a cure and offers our community access to the most advanced therapies.
- Ensure that prevention programs are in place to help reduce the risk of cancer for present and future generations.
- Provide cancer screenings to those who otherwise could not afford them.
- Fund the most up-to-date treatment options such as the da Vinci robotic surgical system and radiation and infusion therapies.
- Provide the emotional care and educational support patients and their families need in coping with and recovering from cancer.
You are the key to making all this possible. With your support, the Norton Healthcare Foundation will generate the funds necessary to ensure that everyone in our community who needs cancer care will find the help they need at Norton Cancer Institute. Find out more about Norton Cancer Institute here
PROGRAM AND SERVICE INVESTMENT
As a result of The Ride to Conquer Cancer, the Norton Healthcare Foundation is providing support for the following programs in Norton Cancer Institute:
- Expansion and improvement of our Prevention and Early Detection Program. The Norton Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention and Early Detection program is unique in the region in that we provide a multi-modal approach to prevention services with a focus on the rarely and never screened population. We provide care and counseling to our screening patients and oversee a multi-disciplinary clinical staff that includes a nurse practitioner, nurse navigator and support staff. In 2009, our program reached out to 8,000 individuals through major educational and outreach events. In addition, our Mobile Prevention Center, a 40-foot vehicle equipped with digital mammography and screenings for cervical, prostate and colon cancer, screened 2,600 people, and one-quarter of them had never been screened before. Our patient satisfaction rates are above 95% and follow-up rate is greater than 90%. Specific programs are:
- Expand coverage in underserved areas.
- Further education and certification of Nurse Patient Navigators and Mammography Technicians in the Prevention and Early Detection Program.
- Create a health literacy program designed to improve delivery of screening, prevention and communication services to segments of our community that are rarely or never screened. Our ability to reach the rarely and never screened population depends on our ability to communicate with the population in a manner that is understandable and resonates with them.
- Increase bilingual outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community.
- Genetic Counseling. Offering seminars on genetic counseling to the general public and professional staff. Our genetic counseling program is the only such program in the region. Given the tremendous impact that genetic counseling and testing can have on the lives of men and women at risk for inheriting cancers, it is vital for us to communicate important updates to the community and medical staff.
- Men’s Health Forum. Given the complex and confusing volume of information surrounding prostate cancer and the pros and cons of screening, we will hold a public forum to increase awareness, destroy myths and empower men to focus on their health. The forum will feature urologists, cancer physicians, and leaders in the community to address issues affecting men’s health.
- Survivorship Program. Norton Cancer Institute began a thorough cancer survivorship program in 2006. A key element to improving the outcomes and quality of life for survivors is to understand the special needs of this population. We will hold a “Celebration of Survivorship” event to increase awareness among patients and health care providers. This event will bring together cancer survivors with health care professionals and advocacy groups to increase the awareness and discuss the importance of various survivorship activities as patients progress through the continuum of care.
- Training Program for Clinical Trials. Norton Cancer Institute offers it’s patients access to cutting edge therapy without traveling to other institutions. In addition, our clinical trial programs attract new patients from the area who do not have clinical trial opportunities at their local providers. This program will support the ongoing education of our medical staff to ensure the quality of care associated with conducting clinical trials.
- Electronic Research system. Additional computers and laptops to capture clinical research data .
- Genetic Counseling Symposia .Norton has the only genetic counseling program in the region and is adding two seminars on genetic counseling, one for professionals and one for the lay community.
Find out more about Norton Cancer Institute here.
NORTON CANCER INSTITUTE TO JOIN NATIONAL NETWORK OF COMMUNITY CANCER CENTERS
Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville is among 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care at health care organizations serving largely rural, suburban, small-town, and underserved urban populations. Norton Cancer Institute becomes the first site in Kentucky to be chosen by the National Cancer Institute for its Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and one of only 30 sites in the entire country. NCCCP is using $40 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand its number of pilot sites from 16 to 30.