Published on July 17, 2018

Our oncology nurse navigator makes coping with cancer easier

Terrie CannonAt some point, almost every person diagnosed with cancer asks this question: How am I going to get through this?

For cancer patients at Nazareth Hospital, the answer comes in the form of Terrie Cannon, BSN, RN, OCN, an oncology nurse navigator.

Terrie is a registered nurse with specialized training in cancer care. If you’re a patient here, she will guide you through every step of your care, starting when your cancer is first suspected.

“Oncology navigator is such a mouthful, though,” Terrie says. “Just think of me as your cancer coach and advocate.” It’s an apt analogy. She’s available to answer any questions you have about your diagnosis, treatment choices and test results.

Terrie will even give you her cellphone number so that she’s easy to reach. And if you want, she will sit at your side during doctors’ visits so you don’t forget what you hear. Terrie can also:

  • Make appointments for you so that you get timely care
  • Connect you with other services you might need, such as transportation to and from medical appointments or help arranging medical insurance
  • Educate and support your family members so that they understand your care

“Very simply, my role is to help ease the stress of facing cancer so that you can concentrate on what’s most important: getting better,” Terrie says.