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Takeaways from Episode 2 of the Heart and Soul of Oncology Navigation Podcast: The Role of the Navigator as the Genetic Extender

September 22, 2020 | AONN+ Blog | Genetics & Genomics

In this podcast, AONN+ Genetics & Genomics Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA, and Frank dela Rama, RN, MS, AOCNS, AGN-BS, focus on the barriers that prevent patients from accessing the proper information/education about genetics testing.

Genetics and genomics testing is a crucial part of evidence-based care, not an optional part of care, they said. All oncology navigators should have some of the essential tools in their toolbox.

Klemp and dela Rama pointed out the following in this discussion:

  1. Genetics testing is complex, and the protocols can be confusing for patients to try to navigate on their own
  2. Oncology nurse and patient navigators can incorporate facilitating access to genetic testing in their practices in fulfillment of the “coordination of care” domain in the navigator’s pledge
  3. Oncology navigators should strive to make it possible for families to prevent or avoid cancer in future generations

They remind navigators that this does not have to be cumbersome, and it will help patients access the resources they need.

To learn more about the Heart and Soul of Oncology Navigation podcast and to view our series schedule,
please visit our podcasts page.

Stay tuned for this month’s episode: Challenges for Disparate Populations,
dropping Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 7:00 pm EDT.

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