December 2012 VOL 3, NO 6

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Gynecologic Cancer Navigation

Robin Atkinson, RN, BSN, OCN

This session was a networking opportunity for gynecology navigators to share their best practices concerning receiving referrals, interacting with referring physicians and their staff, self-promotion, and patient programs.

Issues such as job security, navigation barriers, professional standing in the medical community, available resources, patient follow-through, survivorship plans, and additional activities such as creating blogs and publishing articles were discussed.

Take-Home Messages

  • Navigators need to be familiar with local community and national resources for patients with cancer and with local and national offices of the American Cancer Society
  • Navigators need to know what in-house resources are available to patients, eg, support groups, nutritional counseling
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