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education, support and advocacy.
Ultimately, the nurses' goal is to ensure
that you have the information and support you need throughout your entire
cancer experience.
At Community Hospital, Munster,
St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago,
and St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart,
certified nurse navigators serve as a
resource to patients diagnosed with
cancers ranging from breast and lung
cancer to cancers of the GI system,
including the pancreas, gallbladder,
colon-rectal, stomach and esophagus.
From the time of diagnosis through
treatment and survival, the nurse navigator is available to help guide patients
and their loved ones. They are patient
educators, advocates, care coordinators
and system navigators. Their goal is to
improve your cancer care experience.

A Nurse Navigator's Role

A nurse navigator helps by:
* Serving as a continuous point of
contact for patients and families throughout the entire cancer care experience
* Educating and supporting patients
in making informed decisions about
their care, recovery and rehabilitation
planning
* Coordinating appointments and
facilitating communications with
physicians
* Teaching patients and family
members about treatment and side
effect management
* Providing patients and their family
with support resources
Bob Fisher first met Lung Quality Care
Nurse Navigator and Specialist Melissa
Arangoa at Community Hospital. Bob
was recovering from lung cancer surgery
when Arangoa made a visit to his room.
"Cancer care is very unique," Arangoa
says. "As a care coordinator, I can offer
patients someone who is willing to

listen to their needs and
advocate for their well-being.
In Bob's case, I was able to
help ensure that his physical and spiritual needs were
addressed. I was able to coordinate a visit from his parish
priest while he still was in
the hospital. He also needed
information on how to obtain
medical equipment for use in
his home. During our visit, I
answered his questions about
oxygen therapy."
"Melissa has been very
helpful," Fisher says. "She
offered to have someone
come to the house and make
sure that we were set up
with everything that we
needed before I went home,
including a special walker
with a seat and a more accessible shower."

Breast Cancer Care

When it comes to breast cancer,
care can be complex. The goal of
the Breast Care Nurse Navigators
at the Women's Diagnostic Centers
of Community Healthcare System
is to eliminate any financial, communication and cultural barriers, and be
advocates to provide timely access
for each individual.
"I serve as a resource to our patients
undergoing breast procedures and educate them about the process to help
relieve the stress and fear of having a
procedure," says Maria Marrero, certified breast health nurse navigator at
St. Catherine Hospital. "As their journey continues, I coordinate additional
services needed: advanced imaging,
appointments with oncology physicians,
surgeons and a geneticist to begin a network of support."

Oncology Nurse Navigator Maria Marrero
has been at Ramona Becerra's side during
her cancer journey at the hospitals of
Community Healthcare System.

Ramona Becerra of East Chicago
said that when you hear the word
"cancer," your mind goes somewhere
else. To speak with Marrero, her nurse
navigator, is comforting.
"At that moment, you aren't
thinking about what you need to do
next, like scheduling appointments,"
Becerra says. "But, Maria took care of
everything-she called and checked
on me and always pointed me in the
right direction."

Journey Home

To further help coordinate services,
the nurse navigators also attend the
tumor board meetings at the hospitals
for patients diagnosed with cancer. At
these meetings, surgeons, oncologists,

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