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Navigating your cancer journey

Written by Community Health Network on 7/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

A cancer diagnosis can be extremely emotional, and making sense of health information can also be overwhelming. That is why Community has a dedicated cancer care team and oncology nurse navigators to help cancer patients on their journey.

Sharon Bronnenberg, breast health navigator We sat down with breast health navigator, Sharon Bronnenberg, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN, to talk about the role an oncology navigator plays in a cancer treatment.

What does a oncology nurse navigator do?
I act as a guide, resource, advocate, educator and liaison for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their family. As an oncology navigator with a focus on breast health, my goal is to get answers to all of their questions so that we allay their fears.

I am a consistent caregiver throughout the cancer journey, coordinating appointments and schedules, and providing resources and information. But the most important thing I do is provide support and hope.

What should a cancer patient expect the first time they meet you?
When I meet with a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient I make sure they know their plan of care, as well as the other doctors that they will be seeing. 

I also let them know that they will be very busy when they begin treatment, but that as a breast navigator I will try hard to go to all of their appointments with them. From the very first appointment, I educate and reassure the patient by taking notes and answering questions.

Continuity of care is vital for us in order to make the patient feel comfortable and earn their trust. We all have the same goal: To do everything possible to have the best possible outcome for the patient. continue reading ...


Stacy's story: Part II

Written by Community Health Network on 6/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

This is the second post in a four-part blog series. Stacy Costa is a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Community Regional Cancer Care Center. One year into survivorship, she credits Dr. Robert Goulet and her breast cancer team for her survival.

Breast cancer care takes a full team of support at Community

Community Cancer Care provides breast health navigators to patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast health navigators are available to answer questions concerning breast health, provide education and support, coordinate care as needed, and prepare breast cancer patients for survivors

“I had three nurse navigators, Natalie, Sharlee and Tracy,” said Costa. “I think I’ll be seeing Dr. Goulet, Dr. Walling and the wonderful ladies of my breast care team on and off for the rest of my life.”

Breast health navigators provide continuity for patients and their families throughout their healthcare experience, during what can be a very stressful time in a woman’s life.

“Natalie calmed me down when I first learned of my diagnosis and had so many decisions to make,” said Costa. “I had a lot of questions and concerns. She tackled each one and we got answers together. It didn’t matter how crazy the question was, she delivered the answers in ways that I could manage them.”

Breast health navigators also provide assistance with appointments, surgery preparations and at treatments. continue reading ...


Cancer answers: What is melanoma?

Written by Community Health Network on 5/5/2014 7:00:00 AM

 Melanoma begins in the cells that produce pigment (melanocytes), which is why melanomas are often a multi-colored mix of tan, brown, black or blue. The pigment cells help protect the deeper layers of your skin from the sun.

When UV rays from natural (sun) or artificial (tanning beds) sources damage the DNA in skin, this can affect genes that control cell division and growth. When these genes don't work properly, melanoma may form.

Although less common than other skin cancers, melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer, potentially causing death. However, almost 100 percent of melanomas - if found early - can be treated successfully. In later stages, melanoma can spread to vital organs, making treatment difficult, so it is essential to have any suspicious skin moles or sores evaluated by a doctor right away.

Signs and symptoms

  • Spots that look like a bruise 
  • Sores that don't heal 
  • Pigment spreading into surrounding skin 
  • Itching, tenderness or pain 
  • Oozing, bleeding or nodules on the surface of a mole 
  • Moles that just "look different" from others 
Diagnosis of melanoma involves going to your doctor for a biopsy of the affected skin. If melanoma is detected, surgery is often performed to remove the cancerous areas.

Have a question about skin cancer? 
Ask a Community cancer expert online.


Taking cancer care in a whole new direction

Written by Community Health Network on 4/16/2014 3:30:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South will open to the public tomorrow! Located on the Community Hospital South campus this facility is approaching cancer care in new ways.

At our new cancer center we have combined a multidisciplinary team of medical experts with state-of-the-art technology in a healing environment – all under one roof. Our coordinated approach to care enables patients to see all their care providers at one place, saving time and reducing the need for multiple appointments. Patients are supported by a team that includes an oncology social worker, oncology dietitian, financial counselors and dedicated patient navigators.

Executive Director at Community Cancer Center South, Regina Ward, and Community Health Network CEO, Bryan Mills, talk about the unique approach our facility takes to cancer care.


Visit our website for more information about Community Cancer Center South.


A look inside Community Cancer Center South

Written by Community Health Network on 4/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Thursday, Community will open the doors to a new, world-class cancer facility on the Community Hospital South campus.

The new 65,000-square-foot facility will offer a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care that enables patients to see all of their cancer care providers in the same day under one roof. Patients will have access to a team of medical experts and state-of-the-art technology all in a healing environment supported by a cancer care team of oncology social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, integrative therapies and patient navigators. 

A look inside: 

  • Three floors dedicated to comprehensive patient care.
  • 16 private infusion rooms with individual temperature control and heated recliners.
  • Imaging technology including, PET CT, 3T MRI, linear accelerator, 3D mammography, ultrasound and X-ray.
  • On-site lab
  • On-site pharmacy
  • FigLeaf Boutique, the only cancer specialty boutique on the south side. (Fun fact: Every employee is a certified mastectomy fitter.) 
  • Full range of certified oncology specialists including, radiation and medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, breast care, colorectal care, head and neck care, lung care and prostate care. 
  • Music, art and massage therapies
  • Healing garden


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