Nurse Navigators in Breast Cancer Care

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breast cancer nurse navigatorOctober 1 marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It not only commemorates breast cancer survivors, but also the health care providers that make a difference in cancer care. It’s a month-long celebration of the strong men and women who have faced and overcame cancer diagnoses. One such provider is the “breast cancer nurse navigator. ”

Nurse Navigators, sometimes called Care Coordinators, are nurses who assist patients through every step of the treatment process, whether it be for surgeries, cancer care, screenings, and other cancer-related activities. Breast cancer nurse navigators are special in that they guide patients from the cancer diagnosis all the way through the end of treatment.

A Few Roles of the Nurse Navigator in Breast Cancer Care¹:

  • Helping patient understand diagnosis and available treatment options
  • Coordinating care and treatment scheduling
  • Providing valuable financial information
  • Voicing any questions or concerns to doctors and other providers
  • Finding transportation to appointments or other treatment-related activities
  • Explaining procedures thoroughly, especially using resources available from cancer centers
  • Providing educational materials and care supplies
  • Providing emotional support for patients and loved ones from diagnosis through treatment

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Nurse Navigator in Breast Cancer Care, take part in the FREE Nurse.com CE Course Nurse Navigators as Bridge to Breast Cancer Survival

¹http://www.baylorhealth.com/PHYSICIANSLOCATIONS/ALLSAINTS/SPECIALTIESSERVICES/CANCER/Pages/BreastHealthNurseNavigator.aspx

 

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