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Tumor Boards

The oncology nurse navigator is often the hub of tumor boards, and Lillie Shockney explains why it is crucial for navigators to attend these meetings.
Nancy Skinner, RN, CCM, believes the role of the navigator is at "the hub" of the oncology patient's care, to represent the oncology patient and their caregivers.
Maura Kadan, RN, MSN, OCN explains how with them many different oncologists present at the tumor boards, the navigator's role is to be the patient's voice.
Juli Aisters, MS, RN, APN, AOCN explains how navigators serve on tumor boards in many ways, including to get patients cases presented by different disciplines, tumor registries, social worker referrals, etc.
Dr. Julie Silver discusses navigators' ever important role on the tumor board. There is a documented disconnect between rehabilitation and oncology departments, and navigators can help bridge these gaps.
Mary C. Rooney, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN discusses how on tumor boards, navigators not only put cases together, make sure all disciplines are present, but also bring up the nonclinical nuances of the patient including anxiety, financial stresses and other barriers to care.
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA discusses the critical role of the navigator in multidisciplinary care in defining barriers for the patient. Bringing these issues to the team provides the patient with a higher quality of life.
Frank delaRama discusses the evolving role on the Tumor Board from "coordinator" to "navigator", with the various disciplines in the room.
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS discusses the role of an Oncology Navigator on a tumor board and how they maintain a focus on patient centered care.

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