Helping calm fears and navigate treatment options
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- Adena Regional Medical Center
At Adena, we provide nurse navigators to help cancer patients “navigate” through the complex and sometimes confusing journey of battling cancer. Navigators are trained to assist with every step of care – from scheduling appointments, arranging transportation, assisting with financial counseling or just answering questions. The Adena Cancer Center has four specialized patient navigators to assist, lung cancer, head and neck cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer patients.
Lindsay Kemper, RN, Nurse Navigator
Lindsay has been with Adena Health System since 2007 and became a nurse navigator in October 2012. Prior to that, she was a chemotherapy infusion nurse. Lindsay found her niche in nursing; working closely with patients and advocating for them to make sure their treatment goes smoothly led her to become a nurse navigator. “As a nurse navigator, I get to develop close relationships with my patients, which is extremely important to them during this very difficult time and so rewarding to me”.
Q: Is there an additional cost to the patient for the services provided by a nurse navigator?
A: There is no additional cost for our services.
Q: How does a patient get assigned a nurse navigator?
A: When the patient receives a positive diagnosis, the nurse navigator steps in at that time. We will contact you, introduce ourselves and give you all of our contact information so that you can access us any time you need us.
Q: How long will a patient be assigned a nurse navigator?
A: The nurse navigator will support the patient through the entire process – from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship.
Q: What does a breast cancer nurse navigator do?
A: The nurse navigator helps coordinate physician appointments, surgeries, follow-up care, and if genetic testing is ordered by a physician, the nurse navigator will coordinate that, too. They also can give patients information about cancer resources, such as the American Cancer Society.
In addition, if a patient chooses to have re-construction surgery after a mastectomy, the breast cancer nurse navigator will assist with coordinating those appointments.
In addition, the nurse navigator can help set up transportation, assist with financial counseling and help patients who do not have insurance get established with Medicaid.
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