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From Your Navigator

Masking Your Emotions
COVID-19 & CancerFrom Your Navigator
Nurse navigator Amy Velasquez examines the difficulties oncology nurses face when assessing their patients’ emotions and non-verbal cues in the age of COVID-19 and mask wearing.
Multiple Myeloma: Navigating the First 90 Days
Multiple MyelomaFrom Your Navigator
Nurse navigator and multiple myeloma expert Peg Rummel outlines the steps of dealing with multiple myeloma, including diagnostics, treatment planning, and barriers to care.
A Navigator’s Day
PoetryFrom Your Navigator
Breast cancer patient navigator Lisa Spencer knows that what she says to her patients can affect their lives. She wrote this poem honoring the importance of carefully choosing her words as a patient navigator.
Undocumented Handyman Gets New Lease on Life After Brain Tumor Scare
From Your NavigatorBrain Cancer
Undocumented immigrants often wait too long to seek medical care. Oncology nurse Mark Ryan shares an unlikely story of an undocumented immigrant who received free care from a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon with a similar background.
When Should You Reach Out to Your Navigator?
From Your NavigatorSupport Services
Oncology navigator Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, explains the value of reaching out to your navigator. A large part of the navigator’s job is to answer questions related to patient care, from transportation and insurance coverage options to cultural concerns, and everything in between.
Why Nurse Navigators Are Vital for Patients Living with Breast Cancer
From Your NavigatorBreast Cancer
Using Lillie Shockney as her sounding board, Fazila Seker, PhD, describes the importance of the nurse navigator, offering valuable advice to patients with behind-the-scenes insights into the healthcare system.
“You’re 29 Years Old, There Is No Way You Have Cancer”
Patient StoriesPediatric CancerFrom Your Navigator
In 2015, Amanda Bruffy, RN, BSN, CNRN, OCN, was about to turn 30, newly single, and had a great job as an oncology nurse navigator when she couldn’t get over a nagging abdominal pain. “My role as an oncology nurse navigator has forever been changed after being on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis,” she says.
Fertility Preservation in Young Adults with Cancer
Fertility PreservationFrom Your Navigator
Find out what is involved in fertility preservation, and why young adults with cancer may need to consider it before beginning their cancer treatment.
Anything But Routine: Fertility Preservation Story of Hope
Fertility PreservationFrom Your Navigator
Megan Solinger, MHS, MA, OPN-CG, talks about the hard lessons she’s learned as a patient navigator and the amazing results of her first experience as a fertility preservation navigator.
Understanding and Managing Mucositis
From Your NavigatorSide-Effects ManagementChemotherapy
Nurse navigator Deborah Gomer explains the causes, symptoms, and prevention methods of mucositis, an oral and digestive system condition interfering with eating, swallowing, and talking and affecting roughly 50% of patients who receive chemotherapy.
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