Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 10, 2009
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre
Sen. Eason McIntyre Authors Bill to Help
Being a breast cancer survivor, State Sen. Judy
Eason McIntyre is all too aware of the confusion that faces
many cancer patients when trying to learn about their illness
or find help. For this reason, she has authored Senate Bill 434
to authorize the State Department of Health (OSDH) to create a
cancer patient navigation program.
"It's scary enough being diagnosed with a
disease like cancer, but then you add on top of that the utter
confusion of where to turn for answers and help, and it's almost
unbearable," said Eason McIntyre. "I want cancer patients
to have a one stop shop where they can get all the help and information
they need, so that they can focus all of their energy on beating
The program would provide education about the management
of cancer as well as assistance. Citizens would receive help getting
access to health care, financial and legal assistance, transportation,
psychological support and other related issues.
The Tulsa democrat hopes that the program would
initially serve breast and cervical cancer patients statewide
who have been identified by the Department's breast and cervical
cancer early detection program known as Take Charge!, and would
then expand to include all other cancer types as the program developed.
Eason's new program would be part of an existing
cancer service agency not affiliated with a particular health
care institution, so that clients of the Take Charge! Program
could be treated at any affiliated cancer health care facility
in the state.
SB 434 was approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee
on Health and Human Services last week and is now awaiting consideration
by the full Senate.