GI Health Navigator

Helping patients navigate through their cancer journey from discovery to recovery

A GI health navigator is a health care professional who guides and supports patients and their families through the many challenges of GI cancer. The navigator is dedicated to bringing together all multidisciplinary team members involved in a patient's care.

The GI health navigator will provide assistance with:

  • Understanding diagnosis and available treatment options
  • Understanding what resources are available and how to access them
  • Overcoming barriers and coordinating care with the entire healthcare team, including:
    • Surgeons
    • Medical oncologists
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Plastic surgeons
    • Genetic counselors
    • Support groups
    • Dieticians
    • Physical/Lymphedema thera
  • Understanding your medications
  • Connecting patients with outside resource centers such as the American Cancer Society, Pearl Point Cancer Support (Formerly The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation), YMCA ABC program, Susan G. Komen, and Gilda's Club for group support and GI cancer related products
  • Providing educational materials
  • Improving communication between the healthcare team and hosting multidisciplinary GI cancer conferences to assure personalized GI cancer treatment for each patient
  • Offering patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials
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