If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel overwhelmed by the important decisions you need to make about treatment, family, employment, insurance, and more. The stress can require energy that would be better devoted to your care and treatment.
Our Cancer Nurse Navigator service is designed to support and guide you, and your loved ones, on your journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Evidence shows that having a navigator available to assist throughout the process can dramatically improve cancer patients’ chances of receiving the best possible care.
Our navigators are experienced oncology nurses who work with our entire team of cancer professionals to provide you with will all the services you need to fight your cancer. Our navigators will work to remove any barriers that stand between you and effective, comprehensive cancer care. They will also help you adhere to your treatment plan and any lifestyle changes it requires.
How can our cancer nurse navigators help you?
- Find the information you need to make decisions. Your navigator can ensure that you have the most current and complete information on your treatment options.
- Answer questions about your care. You may ask your navigator any question about your diagnosis and treatment; they will consult with physicians and other care providers, as needed, to help you find the answers.
- Coordinate referrals to other support services, such as nutrition counseling or physical therapy, which may benefit your cancer treatment and recovery.
- Let you know what to expect during appointments and treatment. Your navigator can give you previews of what will happen during each appointment and help you keep track of questions you want to ask your care providers.
- Help you arrange transportation to your appointments. If you don’t have your own transportation, your navigator may be able to assist you in arranging transportation to and from your appointments.
- Arrange translation/interpretation services. Let your navigator know if you need translation or interpretation services at your appointments with healthcare providers.
- Organize and explain your paperwork. Keeping paperwork organized is important to receiving maximum benefits from your insurance provider and other sources of payment. Your navigator can also refer you to people who will help you understand your benefits.
- Identify sources of financial support. If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance does not cover the entire cost of your care, your navigator can help you find sources of financial assistance.