What is a cancer navigator?

Nurse Navigators are patient educators and advocates, care coordinators, system navigators, and community ambassadors on a mission to improve the cancer experience for each patient. The Nurse Navigators are a support system for the patient and his/her family at a critical time — after diagnosis and through treatment — and serve as a gateway to health services. Although navigators are new to the healthcare industry, programs have been started in hospitals across the United States.

The roles of a Nurse Navigator include:

  • Navigate patients through the diagnostic evaluation
  • Educate and support each patient empowering them to make informed treatment decisions
  • Remain a support system throughout the patient’s cancer treatment