The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) recently conducted the following interview with Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Ms Shockney is also a cancer survivor and the editor- in-chief of JONS.
Q: What do you think are the most pressing issues facing patients in your community who are seeking care?
Lillie Shockney (LS): In our particular community in East Baltimore, the majority of patients who are coming to us are part of an underserved population. They experience a fear of coming to the institution for screening. They have heard of other people coming to the emergency room with pain and subsequently dying. They assume that something happened to them while they were at the hospital and don