What is patient navigation?
Patient navigation in cancer care refers to free, personalized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and make it easier to access quality medical and psychosocial care in a timely manner. Patient navigation works with patients and their families from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience. Patient navigation is driven by the needs of the patient, their family, and their community.
What are the key benefits of patient navigation?
Patient navigation can help save lives
By reducing or eliminating barriers to care, individuals can receive the screening and diagnostic tests they need. With early identification of a cancer, and early treatment health risks and complications can be reduced.
Patient navigation can help overcome barriers to access to care
The patient navigator’s job is to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from getting the right care, at the right time, and by the right practitioner. Whether that involves educating someone about the need for timely screening, helping someone access health insurance or low cost screenings, finding transportation to treatment, arranging alternate child care while a parent receives care, helping a person access information about treatment options, or connecting to a support group; the navigator helps the patient find and get the care they need.
A new cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming
Our Patient Navigator can help by being your advocate and guide throughout the course of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Here’s how your Patient Navigator can help:
• Improve your patient experience and help you to actively participate in your treatment
• Reduce anxiety regarding financial matters
• Help you communicate with and obtain medical information from your doctors
• Help you to understand your diagnosis and treatment options
• Alleviate fear and misinformation about cancer
• Help you obtain information that can reduce risks and side-effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy
• Connect you to important services such as nutrition, physical therapy, psychological support and pain management