Patients & Families
NS Cancer Services
Cancer Patient Navigation

Supporting you during your cancer journey

A cancer diagnosis often brings with it fear, stress and a lot of questions. A Cancer Patient Navigator can help. They are trained oncology nurses that provide cancer patients and their families with support throughout the cancer journey.

Who are Cancer Patient Navigators?
Cancer Patient Navigators are oncology nurses who work for a district health authority. They help child, adolescent and adult cancer patients and their families with a wide range of needs, including:

    •physical, 
    •informational, 
    •psychological, 
    •social, 
    •emotional, and 
    •practical.

How can Cancer Patient Navigators help?
Cancer Patient Navigators help patients and families as an advocate, educator and support person throughout the cancer experience. They can link patients with networks of professionals and volunteer helpers to enhance their well-being and coping skills and improve quality of life while living with cancer.

Working with diverse communities to improve access and education
Working with diverse communities to improve access Navigators help improve access for groups that have traditionally found it difficult to access cancer care.

Navigators have an in-depth knowledge of cancer care, including both clinical and supportive care, and are connected to all community and provincial cancer services. They have knowledge of a broad spectrum of cultural beliefs in health issues and the ability to assess the biopsychosocial needs of patients. For information on patient navigation models, go to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer website.

For more information about Cancer Patient Navigation please contact:
Meg McCallum
Provincial Manager - Education & Patient Navigation
Phone: (902) 473-3781
Email: ccns.nshealth.ca