Nurse navigators are a valuable resource to help patients overcome barriers to cancer care.
Often, nurse navigators are the first point of contact for patients moving from an initial screening, such as a mammogram, to a more detailed diagnostic workup. They also serve as the main point of contact as patients leave the health care system and begin their lives as cancer survivors.
The nurse navigator at The Breast Care Center, is part advocate, part educator, part support system and part nurse. Our nurse navigator knows that when working with patients she is involved in very personal aspects of their lives and respects this privilege. She follows patients through their entire breast cancer care process. Sometimes that means putting them in touch with each other, setting up appointments, recommending questions to ask the doctor or even accompanying patients to appointments. At The Breast Care Center, our nurse navigator is an advocate for each breast cancer patient we see.
Some of the specific services that a nurse navigator handles include:
- Helping patients get prevention or early detection services
- Providing information about health insurance
- Helping patients locate resources within the community, such as wigs and prostheses
- Notifying patients about clinical trials
- Helping patients overcome barriers to treatment, such as transportation issues and child care
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, call 303-765-6380.