What is a Nurse Navigator?
Bassett Cancer Institute’s nurse navigators are the patient’s first point of contact after receiving a cancer diagnosis. A nurse navigator’s role is to help these patients understand what happens after a cancer diagnosis, assist in scheduling appointments, educate patients about their disease, symptoms, and treatment, and coordinate care with all involved specialists and support staff.
Cancer Diagnoses We Help Navigate
Nurse navigators are also referred to as oncology nurse navigators, patient navigators, or nurse coordinators. Our team helps navigate patients who have been newly diagnosed with the following cancer types:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer, including liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and esophageal cancer
Referrals to Cancer Support Services
When needed, we will refer patients to other cancer support services and specialists to ensure each patient receives highly individualized care. These services and specialists include:
Our team of nurse navigators can also help patients receiving care at Bassett Medical Center schedule room reservations at Hannah-Lee House, and provide referrals for hospice care.
Contact our Nurse Navigators
Bassett Healthcare Network’s nurse navigators assist patients throughout the cancer treatment process and provide referrals to additional cancer support services. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 607-547-6285.
Nurse navigators assist cancer patients in Central New York, including in Cooperstown, Cobleskill, Herkimer, and Oneonta.