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Distance Learning: Patient Navigation Throughout the Cancer Care Continuum

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Matthew P. Mumber, MD
Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncology

Sponsor: Blue Ridge AHEC

Session Description: When a patient is diagnosed with cancer he or she can become overwhelmed. Undergoing various treatments and dealing with healthcare professionals from different specialties like radiologists, pharmacists, and oncologists can be a lot to handle. Because of this, a new specialty has developed—the Patient Navigator. A patient navigator will offer medical guidance, act as a support group, and walk patients and their families through the cancer treatment process. This program will discuss the importance of patient navigation in the cancer continuum.

Session Objectives:

  1. Define Patient Navigation
  2. Explain the benefits of a coordinated navigation program for patients with cancer
  3. Describe the levels of cancer care and the role of the patient navigator at each step

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at