• Oncology Nurse Navigators

  • Hearing the words "you have cancer" is a very overwhelming time in the life of any patient and family dealing with this complex and difficult disease. Cancer care can be very confusing in that multiple health care providers are involved from the screening process, to diagnosis, testing, treatment, and survivorship. Penrose Cancer Center has established a nurse navigator program to assist patients and families with this journey.Nurse Navigators 2017

    An oncology nurse navigator (ONN) is a professional registered nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. An ONN also provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.

    Research has shown that when nurse navigators become involved early enough after a person has received a cancer diagnosis, they can help steer patients and their families to appropriate care and timely treatment that could dramatically improve patients' chances of living with cancer as a manageable disease.

    Penrose Cancer Center currently offers the following oncology nurse navigation support:

    • Gynecologic Cancer Navigation
    • Head & Neck Cancer Navigation
    • Breast Cancer Navigation
    • Lung Nodule Navigation
    • Thoracic Cancer Navigation
    • Prostate Cancer Navigation
  • Penrose Cancer Center - Dr. Toni Green-Cheatwood & Navigation

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