What is an oncology nurse navigator?
Oncology nurse navigators provide individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to aid them in effectively navigating through the health care system.
Our navigators are registered nurses with oncology-specific training who offer education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality healthcare from the time of diagnosis throughout survivorship
Boulder Community Health is committed to providing our community with local access to an expansive range of up to date treatments for cancer.
We provide the highest quality inpatient care for acutely ill cancer patients and their families.
What does an Oncology Nurse Navigator Do?
Acts as the single point of contact to help coordinate care
Assists in resolving any barriers to care
Assesses physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs
Connects you to rehabilitation services, counseling, support groups and complementary therapies
Provides education to ensure cancer information is available and understandable so that you can participate fully in your care
Facilitates communication and acts as a liaison between you and your health care team
The Imaging Department plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating cancer. Foothills Hospital's radiologists have state-of-the-art equipment to use in making diagnoses, including:
- PET Scanner
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- CT scans
- nuclear medicine
- stereotactic breast biopsy
- BSGI (Breast Specific Gamma Imaging)
Board certified clinical and surgical pathologists in the hospital's laboratory analyze tissue samples to help physicians with tumor diagnosis and cancer care. Tissues received from surgery are analyzed for malignancy or premalignant conditions. For highly specialized tests, the hospital's pathologists have access to the major reference laboratory affiliated with the Mayo Clinic.
The BCH Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
A radiation oncologist is a physician with special training in the treatment of cancer with various forms of radiation therapy. Radiation is a form of energy released in particles or waves. In high doses, radiation can destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors or keep cancer cells them from multiplying.
Center for Integrative Care
The Tebo Family Medical Building houses the Center for Integrative Care, an array of complementary therapies that can aid healing and recovery. All services are evidence based, integrated with conventional care, and provided by certified and licensed practitioners. The effectiveness of these therapies is supported by clinical research. They reduce stress and anxiety, and improve clinical outcomes by enhancing wound healing, reducing the need for pain medication, and shortening hospital stays.
The Center provides services for individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment and cancer survivors, as well as their family members and caregivers. The center has massage therapy and acupuncture rooms, a small meditation garden, and access to support groups and counseling services. Available services include acupuncture, massage therapy, Healing Touch/Reiki therapy, nutritional consultation with a registered dietitian, wellness & integrative care consultation with a registered nurse, and music therapy/guided imagery.
BCH rehabilitation offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services to help cancer patients with their recovery. Patients may receive therapy from one or more disciplines.
The staff assist patients with a variety of conditions, such as weakness related to lymphoma, neurological deficits caused by brain or spinal cord tumors, and speech deficits caused by tumors in the throat. Oncology patients who are significantly limited by pain have access to the Pain Management Program.
Boulder Community Health maintains a cancer registry for Boulder and the surrounding areas. All cases of cancer that are diagnosed and treated are documented and entered into the registry database. Patient confidentiality is always maintained.
The cancer registry information is sent periodically to the State of Colorado. Physicians and researchers have access to this information to determine cancer incidence rates, treatment methods and cure rates in our local community, the state and the nation.
Clinical social workers assist with emotional, economic and social needs associated with cancer treatment and help find available community resources.
The creation of the Red Lipstick Fund was the brainstorm of three Boulder women—Helayne Jones, Anne Beer and Fran Ryan—who listened to their friend, Marsha Moritz, relate stories about the intense difficulty cancer patients had navigating through their treatment with limited resources.
Marsha would ask, “How can they do it—getting to and from chemo, picking up drugs, navigating the myriad of home chores, keeping appointments—without funds and personal support?” Marsha, who passed away from breast cancer in September 2010, was a role model for dignity, an inspiration and an advocate for helping those in need.
Helayne, Anne and Fran decided to act on Marsha’s inspiration and founded the Red Lipstick Fund, so named because Marsha always wore red lipstick. The mission of the Foundation-supported Red Lipstick Fund is to offer financial assistance to those in need and receiving treatment for cancer at the Tebo Cancer Center. Gifts from the fund pay for such things as medication, shelter and access to food and heat—so there’s one less thing for a cancer patient to worry about.
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