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Patient Advocacy/Empowerment

Sarah H. Kagan, PhD, RN, AOCN, APRN-BC, FAAN, FGSA explains why we need specialized programs to address the needs of older people living with cancer.
Providing mental health services for patients with terminal diagnoses, as stable mental health allows patients to physically respond in a positive way.
Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC shares advice for oncology navigators who manage advanced-disease patients.
Oncology navigators can provide better care and prepare patients for the possibility of death by having difficult conversations at diagnosis, learning the patient's treatment goals, and having these conversations often.
Oncology navigators have the benefit of learning about a patient beyond their diagnosis and creating a safe space for them. Building trust among a provider team will lead to better outcomes.
William C. Dooley, MD, FACS, Surveyor and Member, CoC, G. Rainey Williams Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Oklahoma, explains the significance and historical background of the unique lapel pin he wears.
William C. Dooley, MD, FACS, Surveyor and Member, CoC, G. Rainey Williams Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Oklahoma, describes how patient care in the areas of his state where many Native Americans live is affected by the unique geography of the land and US social history. He explains the legacy of the scholarships offered to Native Americans through the University of Oklahoma.
William C. Dooley, MD, FACS, Surveyor and Member, CoC, G. Rainey Williams Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Oklahoma, explains how the funds from the tobacco settlement and some creative strategies have been applied to public health programs, especially in the treatment of cancer among Native Americans.
AONN+ Co-Founder and Program Director Lillie D. Shockney discusses her involvement with US TOO, an advocacy organization for patients with prostate cancer. Ms Shockney speaks about the need to revisit the way decisions about treatment are made to ensure that the needs of the patient are foremost and that the treatment does not harm the patient.
Healthcare is a vitally important issue for the nation, and it is essential that people from all sides of the issue work together to find solutions says AONN+ Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair Elizabeth Franklin
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