Breast Nurse Navigator
Don’t go through breast cancer treatment alone.
Breast cancer can be overwhelming. While trying to cope with the diagnosis itself, patients and their families also find themselves inundated with information, and they have many questions about their new diagnosis, treatment options, appointment schedules and referrals. With ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital’s Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator program, patients receive personalized support and guidance throughout all aspects of the breast cancer treatment process.
How does the nurse navigator help?
The nurse navigator breaks down each case into manageable pieces, helping patients focus on specific aspects of their cancer treatment each week. The nurse navigator’s key role is to streamline the process, ensuring that patients coordinate testing and other medical appointments so that they receive the most appropriate breast cancer treatment at the right time. The nurse navigator is notified of new cases by the breast imaging navigator, a direct referral from a physician or, in some cases, a direct request from patients who have heard of the program.
What is the nurse navigator’s role throughout breast cancer treatment?
The nurse navigator can help with many steps in the treatment process, including:
- Treatment overview: At the first meeting with the patient, the nurse navigator provides an overview of possible diagnostic testing and treatment, explaining what tests may be ordered and specialists the patient may see, as well as directing the patient to additional resources. A new breast cancer patient education packet is also provided.
- Personalized support: Throughout breast cancer treatment, the nurse navigator maintains contact with the patient, including accompanying them to some physician or test appointments, visiting with them the day of and after their surgery, and answering questions on how to navigate daily activities and return to a normal routine.
- Educational materials: The nurse navigator also provides written educational materials throughout breast cancer treatment. This includes detailed information about chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as tips for managing side effects. In addition, each patient receives a surgical care package.
- Timely interventions: The nurse navigator is a link to resources both within ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital and in the community to ease the journey for breast cancer patients. She provides key information on various support groups, grant-funded massage and counseling, genetic testing referral, wig banks, financial concerns, family issues and coping strategies – every step of the way.
At the end of active breast cancer treatment, each patient is provided with a survivor packet, which includes treatment summaries and recommendations for healthy living, continued follow-up and surveillance.
How long is the program?
While some patients may be in the program for as little as four months, in the majority of cases, the nurse navigator is in contact for approximately 12 months, usually from diagnosis through active treatment.
To learn more about ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital’s Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator program or make an appointment, call (734) 240-5682.
Cancer Resource Guide
This Guide was designed to provide cancer patients with local resources to assist them in dealing with cancer. It has general resources such as counseling, financial, home care, equipment, radiation treatment, medication assistance and transportation as well as specific resources such as lymphedema services, mastectomy prothesis, and ostomy supplies.
Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies
This booklet helps to explain the advantages of being part of a clinical trial. It also discusses possible drawbacks. Provided by the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this booklet helps the cancer patient to weigh the pros and cons of clinical trials so they can decide if they are right for them.
2013 Cancer Annual Report
2012 Cancer Annual Report
2011 Cancer Annual Report
2010 Cancer Annual Report
2009 Cancer Annual Report