Cancer Navigation Services
Have you or a member of your family been diagnosed with cancer?
A Nurse Navigator Can:
- Help you to navigate the cancer system
- Provide the emotional support and encouragement you need
- Identify resources and services you may need
- Support you to make informed decisions
A cancer diagnosis can be shocking and deeply distressing for patients and their families.
Navigating the health care system can add to their distress. We are here to answer questions and provide supportive care. Our team is made up of 3 Family Physicians in Oncology, 3 Nurse Navigators, 2 Oncology Social Workers (Psychosocial Oncology Clinicians) a Registered Dietitian-Oncology, a Community Engagement Liaison and a clerk.
Nurse navigators are specially trained oncology nurses who provide individualized assistance for patients, their families, and health care professionals. The goal is to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer journey including survivorship.
Prairie Mountain Health Cancer Navigation Services would like to work together with you to provide quality, timely care to cancer patients and their families.
This service is free of charge and available with or without a referral.
Patients can be referred to Prairie Mountain Health Cancer Navigation Services by:
- Self referral or by family members
- Family physicians, surgeons or other members of the healthcare team
The role of the Nurse Navigator is to:
- Support patients and their families from time of diagnosis through to treatment and all phases of the cancer journey;
- Work closely with family physicians, surgeons and other members of the health care team to assist in the coordination of tests and referrals to cancer specialists;
- Help the patient and family members to be prepared for tests and appointments, and to understand their diagnosis and plan of care;
- Assist patients in finding information in order to make informed decisions and answers to their questions.
The role of the Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinician is to assist patients and families in coping with the impact of cancer with:
- Emotional support - explore feelings of fear, worry, anxiety, sadness, stress, anger uncertainty;
- Psychological support - impact of of cancer in your life, body image, self esteem;
- Social support - talking with family, managing work and/or school;
- Providing counselling to patients and their family members;
- Providing information on practical issues, financial, resources, transportation, and support programs.
The Role of the Registered Dietitian - Oncology is to assist and provide nutrition education to patients who may be:
- experiencing unwanted weight loss or weight gain;
- are having difficulty with food or fluid intake because of treatment side effects (e.g. dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, poor appetite);
- cannot tolerate a regular diet due to difficulty with chewing or swallowing;
- would like to try commercial nutritional supplements or other specialized nutritional products to improve nutritional intake;
- have questions about conventional nutritional products/therapies;
- have general questions about healthy eating or a healthy diet after cancer treatment.
The Role of the Community Engagement Liaison (CEL) is to:
- build relationships at the community level, increase awareness about cancer risk reduction and help communities become more knowledgeable about Cancer services and resources.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Cancer Navigation Services, Prairie Mountain Health
1-855-346-3710 (Toll free)
- Debbie McNairnay
- Audrey Warkentin
- Jennifer Wickham
- Angela Stewart Lamport
- Kirsten Eskildsen
- Grace Murray
Community Engagement Liaison (CEL):
- Kristin Tischinski