A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for patients and their families. As navigators for the Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic, we are here to answer questions and help you navigate this journey. Through our nurse navigator program, you’ll have a dedicated Registered Nurse who will be with you every step of the way.
Nurse navigators serve as a single point of contact for cancer patients and their families. The nurse navigator is an educator, an advocate and a friend. The navigator is a specially trained professional who assists in all aspects of the patient’s care experience. When clinical issues arise, a navigator can refer patients to the appropriate physician office or other health care resource.
Nurse navigators can assist with many aspects of your care, including:
- Consulting with you and your family members in navigating through the comprehensive services that are available
- Assessing the individual and personal needs of you and your family
- Providing the necessary information, education and resource materials to better inform you of what to expect throughout your treatment
- Assisting with the coordination and scheduling of tests and services
- Communicating with physicians, case managers, support service personnel, family members and others on your behalf
- Conducting follow-up and providing ongoing support and information about services available to you and your family members
You are not alone.
From the time you are diagnosed, the OSF Saint Francis nurse navigators are available as dedicated members of your cancer care team to facilitate personalized cancer care for you and your family. Serving as a link between you, physicians and the services that you will need, we ensure that appropriate education, support and resources are provided.