We often read stories about cancer caregivers who, after becoming patients themselves, gain a new perspective toward their role in treatment. But sometimes, the reverse occurs. Recently, Michele Longabaugh, RN, found herself in that very position when a friend who had been diagnosed came to her for comfort and guidance. Whether a patient or a caregiver,… Read More
Last week I spent some time and effort helping “Jane,” a medical assistant from an outside office, to get a permanent pleural catheter authorized for a patient of mine with Stage IV lung cancer. There were multiple phone calls regarding the authorization, and then more phone calls with the community cancer center radiology staff where… Read More
While increased care coordination has become a point of focus in recent years, too many patients are left with no one managing their care – and often, family members are forced to pick up the slack. Bonnie Friedman, author of a recent piece for KevinMD.com, was faced with that exact situation. Her husband was in… Read More
2017 began with little hope for Jane. On Tuesday, January 3, I watched her face as the oncologist told her she had stage IV lung cancer. Her eyes were wide open and blank as she stared at him. Then she dropped her head, and the beaded combs holding back her silver hair glistened in the… Read More
In a recent profile appearing in Women’s Day, breast cancer survivor Jessica Lavery Murphy extolled the virtues of using the services of a breast cancer patient navigator.
As an oncology nurse navigator and blogger, I am fortunate to experience two of my passions on a regular basis. As a navigator, I get to experience my love of medicine when providing care for patients and their families during the day. As a blogger, I get to experience my love of education and writing… Read More
I love being an oncology nurse navigator on most days, but then there are those times when a treatment decision is made for one of my patients that concerns me. This happens seldom I’m happy to report, but when it does, I’m forced to deal with it in one way or another. I believe many… Read More
As an oncology nurse navigator, I find discussing advance health care directives to be one of the hardest conversations to begin, especially when things are going badly for a new patient and their family. This is sacred ground, and going in to discuss health care wishes with someone who is fearful and feeling ill can… Read More
Patient navigators in Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon counties in Pennsylvania are helping patients struggling with mounting bills make ends meet by referring them an organization dedicated to helping families in such situations.
After a work accident led doctors to discover cancer on her right breast, Lorena Herrera’s medical team at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, which includes nurse navigator Vicki Hallum, helped her make a full recovery, reports WFAA. Herrera, speaking about the role Hallum played, said the following: “She helped me calm down, she started talking to… Read More