Living with cancer can feel overwhelming. Managing the medical system can get confusing. But you don't have to do it alone. Your cancer patient navigator is there for you. They're your guide, educator, and advocate.
What is a Cancer Patient Navigator?
What is a navigator, exactly? They’re typically a registered nurse with cancer experience. As a key member of your care team, navigators help create a personalized plan for your care. They help you figure out next steps during your cancer journey.
You'll meet your patient navigator during one of your first visits. With a specialized background in working with cancer patients, they’re a tremendous resource.
Managing the Details
Going through cancer treatment can get overwhelming. You have to schedule appointments, follow up on test results, and meet new doctors. It can be confusing trying to navigate the system by yourself. That’s where the navigator steps in to:
- Review test results
- Help you prep for surgery
- Plan next steps
- Schedule appointments
- Connect you to support services
A Single Point of Contact
Not sure what number to call? Call your navigator. They act as your single point of contact. No need to figure out what number to call.
Learning & Deciding
You’ll have questions. And you'll need to make a lot of decisions. Having all the information can help you feel confident in your choices.
Turn to your navigator before, during, and after cancer treatment. They can help you and your caregivers learn what you need to know to make critical decisions.
Someone on Your Side
Living with cancer can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Figuring out your needs and goals can be draining. Asserting yourself with family and others takes strength you might just not have.
A cancer patient navigator acts as your ally. They make sure your voice is heard. If you can't explain and fight for your wants and needs, your navigator will.