A cancer diagnosis can be the beginning of a long and complex journey for patients. Navigating myriad appointments, treatment options, patient education, stacks of paperwork and the physical, psychological and emotional challenges can be difficult.
At the CAMC Cancer Center, a new treatment clinic provides assistance and support to recently-diagnosed patients. Staffed with a nurse navigator, advanced practice provider, financial navigator, dietician and social worker, among others, the clinic allows patients to meet the many members of their care team in a single visit.
During patients’ first visit to the treatment clinic, they will receive helpful education about their condition and treatment options. They will undergo a physical assessment to determine if any additional medical referrals would be helpful during their care. In addition, a representative from Palliative Care will be on-hand to educate patients about their services and assist with enrollment. Importantly, patients will be given the opportunity to discuss their concerns and ask questions as they begin their treatment.
Following the initial visit, patients will be given an individualized care plan tailored to their specific needs. This care plan lays out what patients can expect over the course of their treatment, which enables them to prepare not only themselves but their loved ones and other medical providers.
Currently, the clinic is only available for patients who have been diagnosed with breast, lung, colorectal or head and neck cancer, but patients with cancers of other disease sites will be added in the near future.
For more information, call the CAMC Cancer Center at (304) 388-8380.