Survivor Patient Navigator
SHARE's Survivor Patient Navigators provide immediate attention and support to women at the moment when they hear the words, "You have breast cancer."
About Survivor Patient Navigators
Survivor Patient Navigators are bilingual breast cancer survivors who provide an instant "face of survivorship" for women in breast cancer clinics, when they get a suspicious finding or a breast cancer diagnosis.
They help patients understand their diagnoses and empower them to take an active role in making treatment decisions.
How They Help
SHARE's Survivor Patient Navigators help women by:
- Translating questions (from Spanish to English) to doctors and other practitioners
- Explaining procedures to patients in lay terms
- Helping patients to navigate the health care system
- Offering their own knowledge and experience in dealing with breast cancer
- Providing local resources and connecting women to SHARE support groups and educational programs
- Following up with patients to answer questions and provide ongoing support
About the Program
SHARE currently provides Survivor Patient Navigators at St. Luke's and Bellevue Hospital breast cancer clinics.
The program at St. Luke's is funded in part through The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.