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Cancer care coordination

  • Cancer care coordinators are experienced registered nurses who are critical members of the care team. They are available to you and your family from diagnosis through treatment and on to healing. It is their goal to ensure that you understand every step of this process and receive the best care possible. 

    The role of the cancer care coordinator involves:

    • working closely with various doctors’ offices to speed up scheduling of appointments
    • ensuring that appropriate work-up and staging of a patient’s disease are completed in a timely manner
    • providing ongoing support and education to patients and their caregivers
    • educating patients about available support programs and services, including integrative health therapies and palliative care services
    • follow-up treatment coordination and survivorship visits, including cancer rehabilitation referrals

    The following video covers one of the essential components of cancer care at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute: care coordination.

  • Read video transcripts:

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  • Melanie Hartman and Jill May, RN.

    Melanie Hartman with her cancer nurse coordinator, Jill May, RN.

  • "It has been such a comfort to go to the nurse coordinator for every aspect of my treatment."

    "My thoughts very often turn to how fortunate I am to have been in contact with my nurse coordinator. I consider myself to be blessed beyond imagining!"

    "I want to thank the nurse coordinator for her kindness and support during my husband’s illness. I couldn’t have done it without her. I will always remember her kindness."

    "I can’t tell you how grateful we were for the nurse coordinator’s care during such a difficult time. She was always there for us."

    "I am grateful for the nurse coordinator’s gentle concern, and her availability to answer questions and give reassurance. I am grateful that the medical profession has people like her."

    "All of us who know the nurse coordinator are so very lucky to have her in our lives when things seem dark and bleak. Thank you so much for everything."