Together We Can -- Newsletter of the Joan Karnell Cancer Center

Fall 2007

Mammography... Making a Difference
Message from the Administrator
From Screening to Treatment
Honors, Awards & Publications
New Clinic: Cancer Appetite and Rehabilitation (CARE)
OncoLife Survivorship Care Plan
Survivors Day 2007
Recent Events
One Step Ahead: Education and Support Group
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Navigating from Screening to Treatment

Cancer treatment methods have evolved and provide impetus for comprehensive programs that focus on reducing the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer. As a result, surgical oncology nurse coordinators are part of the multidisciplinary oncology team to achieve the best results for cancer patients.

Surgical oncology nurse coordinator, Susan Kruse plays a pivotal role in providing coordinated care to cancer patients attending the Joan Karnell Cancer Center. The nurse coordinators also provide education, counseling for cancer prevention, screening and detection.

“Our role is to assist families by streamlining the investigations, being a point of contact, educating them on what to expect in terms of diagnosis and treatment, and being a liaison between the family, the doctor and community,” Kruse said.

At Joan Karnell Cancer Center, a nurse coordinator is involved in the cancer consultative and treatment phase. Nurse coordinators provide information and support to the patient and family. The nurse coordinators also help patients understand the information from the physician and give support through complex decision-making.


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