From Your Navigator

What Is a Patient Navigator?
From Your Navigator
The term "patient navigator" seems to be popping up more often in articles about healthcare. Just who, or what, is a patient navigator? More important, why is this person important to you, the patient?
Navigating the Unique Needs of Adolescents & Young Adult Cancer Survivors
From Your NavigatorPediatric Cancer
Each year, approximately 70,000 adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 39 years are diagnosed with cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. These young cancer survivors face many short-term and long-term health issues (including heart problems and infertility), as well as psychosocial issues (low levels of education, employment, and finances).
Tips to Managing Hair, Skin, & Nail Changes Resulting From Cancer Therapies
From Your Navigator
Many cancer treatments are associated with side effects that affect the physical appearance of hair, nails, and skin. However, not all cancer-fighting drugs cause complete hair loss (called alopecia).
The Link Between Stress, Inflammation, & Cancer
From Your Navigator
A diagnosis of a life-threatening illness such as cancer is almost universally experienced as stressful. The negative effects of stress on psychological and health outcomes have received much attention.
Encouraging Healthy Behaviors in Caregivers of Patients with Cancer
From Your Navigator
The cancer experience has been described as a moment when healthcare professionals, including navigators, have a window of opportunity to teach and facilitate behavior change toward healthy lifestyles.
Maintaining Healthy Weight Linked to Cancer Risk Reduction
From Your Navigator
Being underweight or undernourished can be detrimental to our health by negatively affecting our balance, memory, and immunity.
Can I Avoid Nausea with Chemotherapy?
From Your Navigator
Nausea is clearly one of the associations people make when they think of chemotherapy, but chemotherapy is not the only type of cancer treatment that can produce nausea.
Health Literacy & Patient Empowerment: The Role of Your Nurse Navigator
From Your Navigator
According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, approximately 1 in 5 American adults has a low literacy level or lacks the necessary literacy skills to navigate our healthcare system.
Fighting Back Fatigue
From Your Navigator
When the body is healing, energy is directed toward repairing the cells that have been damaged by surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation; this often leads to an energy deficit described as fatigue and weariness.
Oral Chemo Challenges of and Tools for Adherence
ChemotherapyFrom Your Navigator
The use of oral chemotherapy drugs is expected to more than double in the next several years. Oral drugs offer many advantages to patients, including greater convenience, flexibility, and less disruption of daily activities for patients, their families, and caregivers.
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