Cancer Nurse Navigators
The CHI Health Cancer Nurse Navigator Program is designed to ease the burden on patients during their cancer treatment. A Nurse Navigator is an oncology-certified nurse who is available to guide a patient through the entire process of diagnosis and treatment at no additional cost to the patient. They assist with scheduling initial tests and consultations, collaborate with medical team members and help the patient and family members understand his or her diagnosis and identify the best plan for care and ensuring you receive clinical knowledge and expertise every step of the way.
What can I expect from a Nurse Navigator?
The role of the Nurse Navigator is to ease the burden of cancer treatment on both you and your family. Nurse Navigators will:
- Help you understand your diagnosis and the available treatment options
- Discuss any warning signs or symptoms that may arise over the course of treatment and recovery
- Collaborate with all members of the medical team to ensure information is current and available from all of your physicians, nurses and counselors
- Help you and your family connect with community resources
- Coordinate your care with any other healthcare provider throughout the system. This includes:
- Cancer Support Team, which provides: education on disease and treatment; comfort and symptom management; patient and family counseling (including: emotional, social, spiritual, nutritional and financial counseling); referral to community services (home care, palliative care and hospice care); cancer rehabilitation; integrative therapies; and support groups.
- Cancer Genetics documents your personal and family medical history and discusses inheritance patterns and risks
- Cancer Clinical Trials, research studies in which people volunteer to take part in tests of new drugs or procedures
- Professional Services, such as the Image Recovery Center.