Nurse Navigators Pilot Patients Through Cancer Treatment | Melanoma Dispatch |

Receiving early assistance from a nurse navigator improves health care experiences for cancer patients, a recent study confirms. A nurse navigator acts as a point person guiding patients through the complexities of the health care system. He or she coordinates health services, conveys and explains medical information, provides psychological and social support, and acts as an advocate for the patient. A study compared cancer patients who received weekly phone calls from a nurse navigator for 4-5 months starting two weeks after diagnosis to patients receiving written educational materials. Patients who had received nurse navigator assistance felt better supported emotionally, more involved in their care, better informed, and more prepared for the future.