“Survivorship” — a term used to describe the period following active cancer treatment where patients frequently encounter barriers affecting their care and quality of life — can benefit greatly from the involvement of nurse navigators.
As the author of this paper writes:
“Nurse navigation programs expand upon available health services, positively impacting the health of individuals living with chronic illnesses such as cancer. Navigation programs with a strong focus on education, communication, and coordination assist cancer survivors in overcoming social, medical and psychological barriers following treatment. With the number of cancer survivors rising, the role of survivorship navigators will become increasingly influential as they improve patients’ quality of life and facilitate access to survivorship care.”