Clinical Patient Navigators
Making a decision about cancer treatment isn't always easy. The days and weeks after a cancer diagnosis can be a fearful and confusing time. Understanding the medical information can feel overwhelming. Yet, it’s important that you explore all your options. At Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, we're here to support you by providing the information you need to make an informed treatment choice.
We provide the services of a dedicated clinical patient navigator for people diagnosed with the following cancers:
- skin: melanoma, squamous cell
- gynecologic: ovarian, uterine, fallopian tubes, cervical, endometrial, vaginal, vulvar, primary peritoneal
- genitourinary: bladder, kidney, testicular, penile, prostate
- thoracic: lung, esophageal
- upper gastrointestinal: biliary, liver, pancreas, stomach
- lower gastrointestinal: colorectal, appendix
What is a Clinical Patient Navigator?
A clinical patient navigator is an oncology nurse or social worker who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with cancer. The clinical patient navigator is here to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the most informed and timely decision about your treatment plan.
At MMC, we also have a patient navigator who helps patients find and access community resources. She is an American Cancer Society (ACS) patient navigator trained in a special ACS program. The patient navigator helps patients with non-clinical issues including language and cultural barriers; transportation; lack of financial resources; insurance difficulties; and access to support groups, home health, respite care, or hospice. For more information or to make a referral to the ACS patient navigator at MMC, call (207) 396-8335.
What services does the clinical patient navigator provide?
- Ease your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
- Explain the different treatment options for your cancer based on nationally and locally endorsed treatmentguidelines.
- Discuss any clinical trials which may be available to you.
- Schedule consultations for you and your family with appropriate specialists as needed.
- Provide information and literature relative to your specific diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
How much does it cost to use this service?
This service is offered at no cost to you and your family.
How do I contact the Clinical Patient Navigator?
The Clinical Patient Navigator is accessible by telephone or one-on-one consultation. Please call 1-844-504-9680 for more information.
Cancer Institute Clinical Patient Navigators:
- Leslie Foreman, R.N., BSN, OCN, Lower Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 396-8055
- Michelle Freers, R.N., BSN, OCN, Gynecologic Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 396-8767
- Sarah Vreeland, R.N., M.S., Neuro Oncology Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 662-1112
- Stephanie Carpenito, R.N., BSN, OCN, Thoracic Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 396-8361
- Tracy Robbins, R.N., M.S., OCN, CCRP, Genitourinary Nurse Navigator, (207) 396-8439
- Cynthia Stevens, R.N., CPON, Breast Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 396-7891
- Gina Z. Blaszyk, R.N., BSN, OCN, CHPN, Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator, (207) 662-1951