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From Your Navigator

Understanding and Managing Mucositis
From Your Navigator

Some types of cancer treatments can irritate and damage the cells in the mouth, causing a condition known as mucositis. When mucositis occurs, inflammation and ulcers can develop in the mouth, throat, and along the entire gastrointestinal (or GI) tract, including the stomach and the small and large intestines.

Navigating Through Cancer: Julie Behan, a Compassionate Patient Navigator
From Your Navigator
Julie Behan has been a patient navigator at the American Cancer Society for 24 years. Her story reveals unusual dedication and determination in helping patients with cancer get the care and support they need.
Coronavirus FAQs for People with Cancer: Interview with Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG
COVID-19From Your NavigatorNewsworthy
COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the new coronavirus, is making headlines around the world. Find out what you need to know about this global disease outbreak and how to protect yourself.
The Rite of Passage
From Your Navigator
Within the oncology world, there is a new controversy thick in the air—"Ringing of the bell."
Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes
From Your NavigatorMyelodysplastic Syndromes
Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of cancers that affect immature blood cells in the bone marrow. Two oncology navigators explain the risk factors and current treatment options available for patients diagnosed with this type of malignancy.
Communicating About Cancer—More Fun Than Jury Duty
Family MembersFrom Your Navigator
“A cancer diagnosis can derail even the best methods of communication,” says oncology social worker Katie Narvarte. She offers tips on how to address difficult topics related to cancer, and how to avoid saying the wrong things.
Your Navigator Will Help You Gain a Sense of Control Over Cancer
From Your Navigator
Longtime nurse navigator Sharon Gentry describes how a nurse navigator will help ensure you get the best possible care during your treatment and beyond. The article includes useful sources and a handy chart for easy reference.
Breathe Through Anxiety
From Your NavigatorStress Management
When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can add to the difficulties of dealing with cancer. Cancer survivor and nurse navigator Deborah Gomer provides easy-to-use breathing exercises that help restore calm and alleviate anxiety. Remember to breathe!
The Second Set of Ears
From Your Navigator
Clara Lambert recommends bringing a "second set of ears" to appointments because people hear things differently and patients are often overwhelmed. A friend or partner can help focus the conversation.
Role of the Financial Navigator
Financial SupportFrom Your Navigator
Clara Lambert explains the areas addressed by the financial navigator and walks through the role of the financial navigator in addressing the patient's financial burden relative to their care.
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