Darcy Doege, RN, BSN
Day-to-day issues can become big issues when you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer. Simple tasks become distracting and hard to manage. It is important to have resources and support available to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t get lost in the mix of things.
Open communication between you and your healthcare team is an important way to keep anxiety and worry at a minimum, and is key to good outcomes. As providers we want to ensure that you don’t feel “in the dark” about decisions involving your care. Advocating for yourself is integral in your cancer journey. If you are concerned with your treatment plan – ask for an explanation. Your nurse navigator can help you know when and what questions to ask.
Nurse navigators provide resources, education and support to help you and your loved ones feel more control over an uncontrollable situation and to make informed decisions. When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, friends and family want to be involved and understand what is happening. However, it can become overwhelming for you to constantly answer questions concerning your diagnosis. Ask your nurse navigator for resources and support available to you and your family and friends.