As a patient of the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, you are at the center of the treatment planning process and highly involved in decision making regarding the direction treatment takes. Providing guidance and assistance is our comprehensive care team comprised of board-certified and fellowship-trained cancer specialists and surgeons, certified oncology nurses, and counselors who lend support for emotional, financial and community resource matters. The nurse navigator assigned to you helps coordinate the care and communication between you and all team members.
Cancer Specialists With Top-Level Training and Experience
Proudly, we are able to treat all diagnosed cancers. One of the reasons we’re able to effectively treat so many cancers is because of the training and experience of our cancer specialists. Our physicians and surgeons have received their education and advanced fellowship training at some of the nation’s most prestigious academic institutions and cancer centers. We also have a neuro-oncologist on staff – one of only 220 available in the country.
Oncology Nurse Navigators
Beginning at the time of diagnosis, you will partner with an oncology nurse navigator who serves as a single point of contact throughout your cancer journey. Your oncology nurse navigator works closely with your physicians and the entire cancer care team to ensure your care plan and needs are being met. The navigator also provides information and education on cancer diagnosis and treatment options, offers psychosocial support to help manage stress and anxiety, and assures care transitions are timely and well-coordinated. Think of your oncology nurse navigator as your personal care advocate.
Nurses Who Specialize in Caring for Cancer Patients
What does it mean to have a certified oncology nurse? It means your nurse has pursued intensive training in the type of care provided to cancer patients – beyond traditional nursing certification requirements. More than 90 percent of the nurses in our cancer program are certified in oncology nursing. Our program also includes advanced practice nurses who are oncology nursing certified which means they have in-depth knowledge that goes beyond the basics of cancer care.
Effective Cancer Care Demands Collaboration
In addition to your personal oncology nurse navigator coordinating the various types of care and services you may require during your cancer treatment, you’ll also benefit from having your case reviewed at a weekly meeting of the cancer center team. This multi-disciplinary meeting brings together medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons and sub-specialists, pathologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists and other members of the care team. Working collaboratively, they review and discuss each patient’s diagnosis to determine the best treatment plan and options.