While advances in cancer treatment have saved millions of lives over the years, a cancer diagnosis continues to be a devastating experience. If you are diagnosed with cancer, you will often see multiple doctors to determine your treatment plan, which can include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, depending upon the diagnosis. Dealing with more complex treatment options, decisions, logistics, and financial issues can often cause high levels of stress, fear, and uncertainty. This is where our Nurse Navigators come in.
Our Nurse Navigators' mission is to improve the cancer experience for every patient. Your care is our top priority. We are here to provide compassion, guidance, and support throughout your complex treatment journey.
Our Nurse Navigators offer support and assistance to all patients who are currently undergoing or have recently received treatment at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as their families.
What is a Nurse Navigator?
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators states that a nurse/patient navigator is a medical professional who has the clinical expertise and training to help patients and their caregivers make informed decisions. The Nurse Navigator works with a variety of healthcare providers to allow for timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and increased supportive care across the cancer continuum.
How We Can Help
Our Nurse Navigators are specially-trained nurses who understand the devastating loss of control when you or someone you love is faced with cancer. They are knowledgeable and caring nurses who truly understand cancer and its physical challenges. They serve as liaisons between you and your doctors to enhance communication and excellence in oncology patient care.
Your nurse navigator will:
- Asks you about your medical history to better understand what healthcare providers should be involved in your care.
- Requests your outside medical records, including pathology slides, for your care team to review.
- Identifies any barriers to accessing care.
- Collaborates and advocates on your behalf with your care team in coordinating your visits.
- Explores clinical trial options and connects you with information on the latest research.
- Answers any clinical questions you may have prior to your first visit.
- Connects you with additional support services offered by the cancer center.
- Links you with local and national resources, including advocacy groups, that can support you through a cancer diagnosis.
- Discusses your wishes and finds solutions that are appropriate to your diagnosis.
What cancer support services does Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center offer?
- Social workers
- Pastoral care
- Rehabilitation medicine
- Exercise physiology
- Genetic counseling
- Physical therapy
- Palliative care
- Fertility specialists
- Smoking cessation programs
- Adolescent Young Adult Program (AYA)
- Survivorship services/programs
- Other services offered: art therapy, music therapy, massage, acupuncture, wig program, and yoga
How can you connect with a Nurse Navigator?
- Once your new patient appointment is made, a Nurse Navigator will call you.
- You can connect with a Nurse Navigator via a telehealth visit. Call (305) 243-5302 for more information.