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Every person who has cancer is different, and so is their treatment. Options vary depending on the type of location of the cancer. Understanding and following complex treatment recommendations can be difficult for both the cancer patient and family members.
Beginning with the initial diagnosis, many patients are overwhelmed by the number of decisions they have to make and their recommended cancer care program can seem like an impenetrable maze. That's where the patient navigators at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Irving can help.
Patient navigators are champions of your care. As Stacey L. Webb, MPA-HCA, RN, patient navigation program manager, explains, "patient navigators assist patients and families in navigating through the system for their cancer care." Patient navigators obtain appointments, answer questions and work with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to provide efficient and timely care. The patient navigator maintains contact with the patient during treatments, appointments, return visits, after treatment and into survivorship.
"A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming," says Alan Miller, MD, PhD, medical director of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Centers. "On top of just dealing with the reality that you have cancer, you are faced with having to juggle appointments with multiple physicians, in various specialties, and take part in a variety of tests and procedures. Patient navigators can help patients get to the right office, at the right time, with the right information, making the process a bit easier for them at an otherwise difficult time. They help each patient and family navigate their specific treatment plan from beginning to end."
At the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Irving, we strive to provide high touch along with high tech care and our patient navigators are an important part of the overall cancer care team.
For more information about the cancer services available at Baylor Irving, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Irving at 972.579.4300.
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