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Published on June 07, 2010

Cancer Center gets grant for nurse navigator

Cone Health Cancer Center has received a $35,000 grant from NC Triad Affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help fund a patient navigator position for the Breast Clinic.

This individual will help breast cancer patients and their families deal with the medical, social service and financial challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She also will work with African-American women to increase their involvement in treatment decisions and to encourage more African-American women to get mammograms.

“People who are financially stressed or have little formal education can be overwhelmed by their diagnosis and the treatment decisions they need to make,” says Tami Knutson, RN, Breast Program Coordinator. “This new member of our team will serve as an advocate and educator who can help women access medical care and the support services available to them.”

Breast cancer treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy that can last more than a year. A patient navigator can help women manage all of the medical appointments, learn how to deal with the various treatment side effects or even provide information as to where to go for a wig.

Studies have shown minority women who have access to the services offered by a patient navigator have a substantially higher survival rate and lower anxiety.

Cone Health Cancer Center treats 350 breast cancer patients a year, more than any other type of cancer.

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