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Prostate Cancer Clinical Navigator Program

Weighing the risks and benefits of prostate cancer treatment is difficult for both patients and physicians. This is especially true at a time when patients are still processing their recent diagnosis. At MMCCI, we believe that a well informed patient is an empowered patient - and one who is better able to cope with the demands and potential side effects of any treatment strategy they elect. To help patients make the most informed and timely treatment decisions, MMC's Cancer Institute provides a dedicated full-time nurse who serves as a Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator.

Key elements of the Clinical Patient Navigator's role include:

  • Guiding patients through the healthcare system and establishing rapport with patients newly diagnosed with cancer, family members, loved ones, and caregivers
  • Conducting meaningful discussions with patients following their initial consultations with physicians in Urology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology
  • Actively identifying and addressing barriers to care that might keep the patient from receiving timely and appropriate treatment for their cancer diagnosis (barriers may include health insurance/financial concerns, transportation to and from treatment, physical/psychosocial needs, communication/cultural needs, or disease management)
  • Connecting patients with resources, healthcare, and support services in their communities
  • Assisting the patient in the transition from active treatment to survivorship

Jenifer Powers, MS, BSN, CCRC, Clinical Patient NavigatorAfter the patient's initial clinic appointment, ongoing access to the services of the Patient Navigator is provided free of charge. Patients may call or visit the Clinical Patient Navigator as often as needed for support, information, and assistance throughout the course of their treatment and into their survivorship.

Patient feedback about the Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator program
Surveys were sent to roughly 100 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer who were referred to the MMCCI Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator between April and June of 2008. The following feedback was received:

  • 100 percent of the patients rated the clinical patient navigator as excellent for being courteous, friendly, sensitive, respectful, and thorough
  • 93 percent said they would recommend this service to others

Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator referrals can include:

  • All patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent prostate cancer
  • All patients newly diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer requiring bladder removal
  • Patients newly diagnosed or with recurrent renal, bladder, testicular, or penile cancer requiring multidisciplinary management
  • Patients being referred to the multidisciplinary Genitourinary Tumor Conference
 

 
 

 

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