From the moment patients learn they have breast cancer nurse navigators are there to guide them through the next steps. “Nurse navigation plays a big role. We meet with patients one on one. We do teaching with patients about their whole disease process,” said Tammy Zin, a nurse navigator with Lee Health.
Nurse navigators work with patients throughout the cancer journey to connect them to the right emotional, medical, spiritual, and financial resources. A relationship, Lynn Lawrence says she was grateful for when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. “It really helped to have a nurse navigator to coordinate everything. I’ve been helped all along the way.”
All work closely with breast cancer patients to help them manage their treatment side effects and understand their treatment options. “It’s not just education; it’s also the calls. They made appointments for me, kept me up to date. There is such an overload of information, and everything seems to go so fast that they help coordinate everything,” said Lawrence.
If a patient needs surgery, the navigators help to prepare them for the procedure, educating them on limitations and what to expect after surgery. “I think just comfort level, just relieving stress, and just knowing that they have another contact person in case of an emergency,” said Liz Bachoo-Garib, a nurse navigator with Lee Health.
Throughout their breast cancer journey, patients have a guide to answer questions and provide encouragement. All designed to help the patient manage any obstacles during their treatment.
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