Articles & White Papers

Conquer: A Magazine by and for the Cancer Community

With more therapies available than ever before and greater patient involvement in treatment decisions, oncology nurse navigators face the perennial challenge of providing high-quality patient and caregiver education in reader-friendly language.

Enter CONQUER. Published by The Lynx Group as the official publication of The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), this patient-facing magazine was launched in February 2015 to fill an unmet need for AONN+’s oncology nurse navigators.

With Emerging Oncology Therapies and Rising Patient Responsibilities, Financial Navigation Will Have a Greater Role in Cancer Care

Emerging pharmacologic therapies used for the treatment of oncology are being developed and approved at an accelerated rate.

The Role of a Patient Navigator

In a podcast, AONN+'s Program Director and Co-Founder Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS discusses her presentation “The Value of Patient Navigators as Members of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Care Team” she made at the 2016 ASCO annual meeting. Come hear what she has to say on this significant topic.

Oncologists and Navigators: A Needed Medical Collaboration that Strengthens Patient Care

Medical oncologist Richard J. LoCicero, MD, believes navigators fill in the patient care blanks offering their value as coordinators, shoulders of support, and negotiators.

Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist: Learning Guides are Here!

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is pleased to introduce the Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist (OPN-CG) credential. This credential is important for anyone who provides cancer navigation services and is not a nurse. For nurses, AONN+ is providing the Oncology Nurse Navigator – Certified Generalist credential (ONN-CG).

Incorporating Financial Counselors into the Multidisciplinary Oncology Treatment Team

Cancer care is the most costly medical expense people face in the United States. Historically, insurance companies covered the majority of cancer treatment expenses; however, that is now changing. More financial burden is and will be placed on the patient, making it more challenging than ever to receive the appropriate care one needs to rid them of their disease.

Job Titles—No Wonder People Don’t Know What We Do

I recently attended a meeting where leaders from various organizations representing a variety of aspects of navigation were present. One of the speakers showed an advertisement from a newspaper about a well-known nationally recognized comprehensive cancer center. The advertisement was about their navigation program.

Mission and Goals of Navigation at Your Institution

Although we know that there are definitions of “patient navigation” that have become standardized, there continues to be the (attempted) implementation of navigation at some institutions that lack clarity and direction. When there isn’t a mission and clear goals for the navigation process, things rarely go as they should.

The Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators in Supporting Patients with Advanced Metastatic Cancer

Although the majority of patients diagnosed with cancer survive their disease and its treatment, there are certainly those who do not. Some specific types of cancer carry a high rate of mortality, such as pancreatic cancer. Oncology nurse navigators are more commonly seen as a member of a multidisciplinary team among those who care for patients who survive.