Five Ways Oncology Nurse Navigators Can Ease Your Cancer Journey

Managing your cancer can be complex. Here are five ways your Premier Health oncology nurse navigator can help:

1. By Carefully Explaining What You Don’t Understand

There’s a lot to learn about your cancer and your treatment plan. Our oncology nurse navigators will explain (and re-explain) the details of your cancer type, the reasoning behind your treatment, and what you can expect in the coming weeks and months. No subject is off-base. Ask about your symptoms, your fears, your side effects and anything else that comes to mind throughout your journey. Your navigator is a phone call away whenever a question arises.

2. By Removing Barriers to Treatment

Premier Health oncology nurse navigators know how to break down barriers that sometimes get in the way. Your navigator can help you find assistance regarding your finances or health insurance. If you need transportation to and from appointments, or if language is a barrier, your navigator is ready to step in and find the assistance you need.

3. By Connecting You with Resources You May Not Know About

Your hospital and your community have lots of special resources for cancer patients. But unless you’ve been down this road before, you probably don’t know they exist. Your oncology nurse navigator can connect you to people and programs that are beneficial to cancer patients. Here are some examples:

  • Exercise classes specifically for cancer patients
  • In-home help with nursing care, housework, personal hygiene
  • Nutrition advice, physical therapy, emotional counseling
  • Equipment to improve your mobility, like walkers, safety bars, bedside commodes
  • Medication assistance
  • Support groups
  • Financial assistance
  • Transportation

4. By Providing Emotional Support

With their special training and vast experience, Premier Health oncology nurse navigators know that treatment can be challenging for you and your family. Count on them to listen to your concerns with compassion and understanding. They will listen when you have questions or concerns. You can expect honest, genuine advice and feedback whenever you need it.

5. By Coordinating Your Care from Diagnosis Through Survivorship

From your first visit to your last, the assistance you’ll receive from our oncology nurse navigators will be personalized to your specific situation. They know that every patient is different, and that treatments, side effects and recovery vary for each patient. Count on your navigator to provide assistance that matches your individual situation.

Premier Health oncology nurse navigators are ready to assist you at no charge, regardless of your financial situation. They look forward to meeting you.

Get the Help You Need on Your Cancer Journey

We understand that having cancer can be a life-changing experience — and we’re here for you at every step of your cancer journey. Premier Health’s cancer team helps you and your loved ones with advanced diagnostics and treatments, compassionate support and facilities built around your needs. As a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, we offer you advanced local care backed by the world-renowned expertise of one of the top-ranked cancer centers in the nation.

The Premier Health cancer hotline is your one-stop link to the answers you need about cancer services across the region. To connect with a Premier Health cancer specialist, call (844) 316-HOPE (4673)(844) 316-HOPE (4673) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Learn More About Cancer

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about many types of cancer. Learn about conditions, treatments and much more.

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Content Updated: July 9, 2018

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