What is a breast nurse navigator?

The role of a general breast cancer nurse navigator is to help a patient during every stage of their cancer journey–from the suspicion of cancer, to the time of diagnosis, to treatment, survivorship and beyond. The role of a nurse navigator can vary from facility to facility, as well as by department. For example there are some breast cancer navigators specific to the radiology department where mammograms are performed, where they interact with patients during the time of diagnoses and provide resources and education. The purpose of a nurse navigator is to provide a personalized experience and constant point-of-contact for the patient, who will go from having a family doctor one day to six or eight different doctors the next. The other purpose of a nurse navigator is to find resources for the underserved in our community so they have opportunities for better health care.

A breast nurse navigator assists a patient and caregivers through the process of breast cancer treatment.

A breast nurse navigator is typically a nurse who provides information and care to breast cancer patients.

A breast nurse navigator is there to assist the breast cancer patient through their journey. In this video, Cathy Cole, a nurse navigator with Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, says this ranges from resources and insurance to emotional support. 

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