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Breast Cancer Navigation & Cancer Survivorship

Cancer Survivorship

Cancer survivors often get lost in the healthcare system after treatments are finished and they are sent back to primary care.  Effects of medications/radiation, forced menopause, issues with sexuality and cancer treatments can bring a host of continued issues/fears for the cancer survivor.  Recognizing these issues, discussing fears and treating these side effects can bring quality of life back to the cancer survivor.

Breast Cancer Navigation & Cancer Survivorship

Ava Health believes an educated patient is able to ask better questions and make informed decisions about care at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis. Education at the time of diagnosis is imperative in helping patients at such a terrifying time and most often alleviates a bit of the fear in hearing the words “you have cancer.” Knowledge is power and navigation by a certified breast navigator can provide evidence-based education and directs patients to specialty providers and resources.

Hereditary cancer risk assessment is also done at an initial breast cancer appointment as this information is important in determining how the cancer is treated. This coordination makes for timelier decisions regarding appropriate treatments.

Michelle has developed her breast navigation skills, services and education based on her own diagnosis at age 38 of a BRCA 1 positive hereditary, breast cancer. She is certified as a breast nurse navigator by Educare, Oncology Nursing Society as a Certified Breast Care Nurse and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators as an Oncology Nurse Navigator Certified Generalist. In 2012 she was nominated by her patients and awarded the Nurse Navigator of the Year by the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators and Health Monitor.