Definition: a clinical dimension that enhances the oncology patient’s experience from diagnosis, treatment and into recovery. Navigators facilitate communication between the patients, their loved ones and the medical team. The navigator is established as a familiar face and a personal advocate at the beginning of each patient’s cancer journey. Having someone to count on in a very stressful time can help to alleviate anxiety and improve a patient’s feeling of well-being and quality of life.
How we can help
- Provides a familiar face and comforting environment diagnosis to survivorship.
- Communicate with physicians as needed; acting as liaison for patient and family.
- Help patients and their families to understand the diagnosis and treatment care plan.
- Assist in managing treatment schedules and decreasing barriers.
- Provide educational information.
- Resource identification and referral.
- Offer advice on common concerns of oncology patients, such as how to explain things to loved ones or dealing with daily life disruptions.
- Seek support group information.
- Coordinate efforts to have patients involved in clinical trials.
If you would like to contact one of our Patient Navigators, please call our Cancer Center at 574-647-1100.