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Patient Navigators

From the patient’s perspective, a cancer diagnosis is difficult and even overwhelming. A navigator is that person who comes alongside patients and their families, to help guide them through the process of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The navigator is a constant presence for the patient and family throughout the cancer care journey.

Navigators can:

  • Answer questions
  • Provide education to help patients understand their diagnosis and pathology report
  • Help patients focus on treatment decisions
  • Expedite appointments
  • Keep patients informed of all the resources and support services available to them.

Navigators for Patients with Specific Cancers

The Avera Cancer Institute’s navigation program provides patient navigators in four key tumor areas:

The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, Lynette Thorstensen, is also available to help people with all types of cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. Services are free of charge to patients and families.