New Program Provides Women with Lifelong Guidance and Support Through Diagnosis, Treatment and Survivorship
A breast cancer diagnosis brings with it fear and panic. Questions race through a woman’s mind: What will happen to me? What will my treatment be like? How will I manage?
It is at that moment when the new Nurse Navigator program at West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) steps in. The Nurse Navigator will provide women with compassionate guidance through their initial diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship, serving as a lifelong, trusted ally for cancer patients and survivors.
“Our Nurse Navigators will be our breast cancer patients’ lifeline for care – answering questions, planning treatment and helping ease their fears,” said David S. Parda, MD, FACP, radiation oncologist and Chair of the West Penn Allegheny Health System Oncology Service Line. “As soon as a patient is diagnosed, a Nurse Navigator will begin supplying her with information and offering emotional support.
“As our medical experts work as a team to fight the patient’s cancer using the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available, the Nurse Navigators will make sure that patients are aware of their options and that they get the support they need, be it medical, emotional or logistical,” Dr. Parda continued.