• Nurse Navigators

    When you hear the words "you have cancer," you enter a new journey that can be scary and overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn and a list of things to do. That’s why you have a nurse navigator.

    Nurse navigators give support and guidance in your cancer journey. They help you and your family with education and logistics and provide a comforting, consistent presence during this stressful time.

    Our nurse navigators are professional registered nurses with oncology-specific knowledge who will be by your side throughout your journey.

    During your cancer care, your nurse navigator will provide these services and more:

    • Advocate for you during medical decisions
    • Communicate with your primary care doctors and specialists
    • Help you access multidisciplinary treatment (appointments with various specialists)
    • Translate and interpret complex care plans
    • Address financial barriers you may face
    • Coordinate your care, appointments and follow-ups throughout your entire cancer journey

    As a patient at our DeCesaris Cancer Institute, you can choose a nurse navigator in a specialty area, such as:

    • Acute care conditions.
    • Brain and spine cancer.
    • Breast cancer.
    • Colon cancer.
    • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program.
    • Gastrointestinal cancer.
    • Genitourinary cancer.
    • Gynecologic cancer.
    • Head and neck cancer.
    • Medical oncology.
    • Palliative care.
    • Prostate cancer.
    • Thoracic cancer.

    People tell us nurse navigators make a difference in their care experience:

    "The nurse navigators came in and introduced themselves. They hugged us. They talked about ‘You’re going to be fine,’ and they were so positive. That’s the place I wanted to be because those people just made me feel so good."
    "When I cried, the nurse navigator just hugged me. I didn’t feel rushed. It was very comfortable. Everybody was just so personable and genuine, very authentic, and that’s what I loved."

    For more information about our nurse navigator program, call 443-481-5800.