Patient navigators

Let our navigators guide you on your journey
FPPatientNavigatorAs people of Providence and providers of cancer care, we recognize the impact of cancer on individuals, families and community. We strive to empower all to live well through compassion, education, resources and hope.
The Providence Cancer Center Navigation team helps patients access cancer care and better navigate the health care system. Our focus is on support for the patient and their families throughout the continuum of cancer care.
We offer referrals to cancer providers, assistance making informed decisions about treatment options, coordination with providers to improve the care received, help overcoming barriers to care and information on travel, lodging and community support resources to ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis.
A multi-disciplinary team offers care to cancer patients and their families:
Breast cancer nurse navigatorhelps reduce confusion and stress, freeing you to make informed choices with your physicians, focus on your treatment goals and obtain timely access to other support services.
Nurses – guide patients and their families through the health care system, facilitating access to diagnostic and treatment procedures, providing cancer education and information about survivorship and living well with a cancer diagnosis.
Social workers – provide counseling and help patients and families access resources, services and support which can reduce stress and improve coping through all phases of the cancer journey.

Genetic counselor – available to meet with patients regarding concerns about family history of cancer, inherited cancer risk and testing options - a physician’s order is required for genetic testing.
Spiritual care – an oncology chaplain offers spiritual care for patients and their families along the continuum of cancer care.
Clinical dietitian – trained in oncology nutrition to help patients with nutrition and dietary concerns during and after cancer therapy.
American Cancer Society (ACS) Navigator – an additional resource from the American Cancer Society for patients.
Financial counselor – helps patients apply for Providence financial assistance, as well as state and federal programs - cost estimates are also available for treatment at Providence.
Drug cost recovery – helps uninsured patients obtain certain chemotherapy drugs free of charge - patient must be receiving chemotherapy at Providence Infusion Center.
For more information on our services, or to speak to a Patient Navigator, please call 907-212-6870.

These services, many provided at no charge, are made possible through generous donations to the Providence Alaska Foundation.