A cancer diagnosis is life changing for patients and their families. It would help to have someone there to help you navigate all you need to do during diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. April Lee, RN BSN is an Oncology Nurse navigator at Baylor Scott & White in Round Rock, and she joined us in the studio with more details.
- When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, it’s overwhelming and they need support. Especially in the beginning, it’s uncharted ground. They need somebody to navigate them through their diagnostic journey, which includes the initial diagnosis, the treatment and then on to survivorship
- Navigation is offered to patients in specific programs – such as for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
- Places that are accredited like Baylor Scott & White – Round Rock from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers offer their patients access to a patient navigator
- A navigator is there, not so much to foster or help patients make decisions, but rather to reinforce the options and answer questions patients may have. Navigators don’t give medical advice. The final decision is with the patient and the physician.
You can attend the Survivor’s Celebration on Friday, October 23rd at Baylor Scott & White in Round Rock. To learn more about the Nurse Navigation program and breast cancer awareness, go to roundrock.sw.org or call us at 512-509-0200.
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