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As more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer, and fewer and fewer medical students/navigators are choosing to go into the field of oncology, burnout is a risk for all of us.
I fantasize that one day my granddaughter, who just turned 7, will be the generation that will find “cancer” listed in the chapter entitled “cured diseases.” Is that possible? I hope so.
During as well as after national oncology conferences, the media releases information to consumers that tantalizes their interest in staying up to watch the late night news.
100% coverage for screening tests, but what happens when something suspicious is found?
Oncology care has gotten so complicated and sophisticated in the last decade or so that we only talk about treatment and what is the next drug available for treatment and what line of therapy will the patient next be receiving.
Gone are the days that health insurance covers all of the expenses associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. Though screening tests remain free without a deductible or co-payment, once someone has a suspicious finding, there will be out of pocket expenses to be incurred by the patient.
I hope that all nurse navigators have the opportunity to attend tumor boards as well as have a pivotal role in coordinating them! Whether it is an organ specific tumor board (like breast, colorectal, lung, prostate) or a tumor board where everyone brings all of their cancer specific cases for a multidisciplinary review, you have a key role in these forums.
We are really making tremendous progress in the development and implementation of our certification program and exam!!
For those of you working in an academic medical center or teaching institution, there are likely 3 overarching missions to be fulfilled: patient care, teaching, and research.
Marketing campaigns that use navigation as a lure: I’ve heard ads on the radio and even seen a few on TV that are using nurse navigators as their lure to bring new cancer patients to their cancer center.
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