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Patient Navigation

Many patients—especially the poor and older Americans—have trouble getting adequate cancer care because of barriers such as1,2:

  • Need for financial help, social support, or transportation
  • Lack of information
  • Gaps in care

These barriers may cause patients to miss follow-up appointments or delay cancer care until they are very sick. It is vital that patients receive continuous care from screening through diagnosis and treatment to ensure the best quality outcomes.

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Quality Cancer Care

A patient navigator essentially is a problem solver and a highly resourceful individual. A navigator can be a:

  • Trained health care professional (social worker, nurse)
  • Lay individual who can coordinate the needed health care services

The navigator is trained to anticipate, address, and overcome barriers to care and to guide patients through the health care system during a very difficult time.

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To receive additional information on Patient Navigation in Cancer Care,
e-mail us at [email protected]

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Quality Cancer Care

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