Understanding The Patient Navigator Role
Patient Navigators are caring, trained professionals who can help you through your cancer journey. Patient Navigators are here to listen to your concerns and understand your needs.
Your navigator can also help you manage your life with cancer including tasks that have nothing at all to do with cancer and everything to do with improving your quality of life.
Your navigator will work closely with you, your family, your oncology team and social workers to map out a treatment plan that works for you. We’ll be there for you and with you. The less you have to worry about, the more you can focus on your health and working toward becoming a cancer survivor.
What Do Patient Navigators Do?
Patient Navigators understand that you may be facing many challenges right now. Our navigators can help with nearly anything you need. including:
- Provide emotional support and information on what to expect to cancer patients
- Help patients understand their diagnoses
- Coordinate appointments with providers to ensure that patients with suspicious findings receive timely diagnosis and treatment
- Help arrange transportation and/or child/elder care for visits to cancer treatments
- Help arrange language translation or interpretation services
- Help patients and their families access to support systems
- Facilitate access to available financial support and assisting with related paperwork
- Help coordinate follow-up to community outreach support services
For more info or to contact our Clinical Navigator, please call 217-222-6550, ext. 5550