Learn more about the nurse navigator program, call:
Nurse navigators serve as compassionate and knowledgeable guides, helping to assist cancer
patients through the medical process on topics such as education about treatment
pathways, treatment options, and personalized care. From the beginning, the nurse
navigator can make a difference by clarifying the patient's condition and the necessary
next steps. The aim is to empower the patient and help them feel in control. Nurse navigators help patients travel through the healthcare system by facilitating communication
between the patient and the members of their personal healthcare team, coordinating
the care among the needed providers and increasing the awareness of local resources
for patient care.
The Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center was one of the first cancer
centers in the country to offer patient nurse navigators.
Our program serves patients diagnosed with the following cancers:
Prostate, kidney, bladder
- GYN (Gynecologic)
- Neuro (brain tumors).
The navigator's initial job is to meet with the patient and review what doctors
have told them about their disease and treatment options. The navigator then answers any questions
on the potential side effects of the treatment to help the patient make an informed
decision. Throughout the treatment process, navigators help to coordinate the patient's
care, staying in frequent contact with the patient to ensure they are comfortable
with the treatment and to answer questions that may arise that they don't feel comfortable
asking the doctor or don't know who else to ask. Navigators help ensure that
people are not only well cared for, but that they also feel cared about.
For More Information
For more information on the navigator program, call 336-718-8277.