Every patient is evaluated at the time of diagnosis and a Cancer Nurse Navigator is assigned to assist the patient through their treatment and rehab. By staying connected to the patient on an ongoing basis, the Navigators are able to quickly detect needs that arise, and intervene promptly. We want to make sure our patients get the maximum long-term benefit from their cancer care from the entire multidisciplinary team. This has been shown to reduce the time it takes to make a diagnosis, start treatment, as well as improve adherence to guidelines, improve inclusion in clinical trials, improve patient satisfaction and improve education for the medical staff 1, 7-8.
The new St. Francis Cancer Center further enhances this care by offering treatment options in one central location. The diagnosis, workup, and ultimately the use of chemotherapy and/or radiation for the treatment of cancer is all located under one roof. This offers a major convenience for our patients, while facilitating more effective and prompt coordination of care.
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