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From Your Navigator

Navigating Patient Communications Through Cancer
From Your NavigatorBreast Cancer
Darlene Edwards, RN, MS, explains the importance of effective communication between patients, their care team, and family members to achieve the best quality of care.
Masking Your Emotions
COVID-19 & CancerFrom Your Navigator
Nurse navigator Amy Velasquez examines the difficulties oncology nurses face when assessing their patients’ emotions and non-verbal cues in the age of COVID-19 and mask wearing.
Multiple Myeloma: Navigating the First 90 Days
Multiple MyelomaFrom Your Navigator
Nurse navigator and multiple myeloma expert Peg Rummel outlines the steps of dealing with multiple myeloma, including diagnostics, treatment planning, and barriers to care.
A Navigator’s Day
PoetryFrom Your Navigator
Breast cancer patient navigator Lisa Spencer knows that what she says to her patients can affect their lives. She wrote this poem honoring the importance of carefully choosing her words as a patient navigator.
Undocumented Handyman Gets New Lease on Life After Brain Tumor Scare
From Your NavigatorBrain Cancer
Undocumented immigrants often wait too long to seek medical care. Oncology nurse Mark Ryan shares an unlikely story of an undocumented immigrant who received free care from a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon with a similar background.
When Should You Reach Out to Your Navigator?
From Your NavigatorSupport Services
Oncology navigator Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, explains the value of reaching out to your navigator. A large part of the navigator’s job is to answer questions related to patient care, from transportation and insurance coverage options to cultural concerns, and everything in between.
Why Nurse Navigators Are Vital for Patients Living with Breast Cancer
Breast CancerFrom Your Navigator
Using Lillie Shockney as her sounding board, Fazila Seker, PhD, describes the importance of the nurse navigator, offering valuable advice to patients with behind-the-scenes insights into the healthcare system.
“You’re 29 Years Old, There Is No Way You Have Cancer”
Patient StoriesPediatric CancerFrom Your Navigator
In 2015, Amanda Bruffy, RN, BSN, CNRN, OCN, was about to turn 30, newly single, and had a great job as an oncology nurse navigator when she couldn’t get over a nagging abdominal pain. “My role as an oncology nurse navigator has forever been changed after being on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis,” she says.
Fertility Preservation in Young Adults with Cancer
Fertility PreservationFrom Your Navigator
Find out what is involved in fertility preservation, and why young adults with cancer may need to consider it before beginning their cancer treatment.
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