Introduction to the Role
A cancer navigator is a healthcare professional who provides information and guidance to people with cancer and their families. They work with patients throughout their cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
The Cancer Navigator will play a pivotal role in triaging, navigating, and tracking patients along their pathway, co-ordinating all hospital appointments, investigations and their treatment. The role of a Cancer Navigator also aims to assist the organisation with the improvement of the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) and other cancer targets mainly by shortening the time between referral and diagnosis.
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Role Career Development & Pathway
The Cancer Navigator plays an essential role within the healthcare setting and is a great opportunity to make a difference for people affected by cancer.
If you are interested in a career in cancer navigation, although experience isn’t always required, if you would like to gain experience working within the healthcare setting supporting patients and their families. This can be gained through volunteering, shadowing opportunities, or gaining further knowledge of cancer services through Greater Manchester Cancer Academy that provides a host of resources for people already in a career in cancer or those looking to pursue one. A great starting point is the Cancer 101 module.
Cancer Navigator roles present a great opportunity to specialise within cancer and gain specialist knowledge and experience that if required can be utilised as a platform for further professional development with cancer services.
Cancer navigators are in high demand, as there is a growing need for these professionals in the healthcare system. If you are interested in a career in cancer care, this is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with cancer and their families.
Job Description Example
The specific duties of a cancer navigator vary depending on the setting, but they typically include the provision information and support – Cancer Navigators help patients understand their diagnosis, treatment options, and side effects. They also provide emotional support and help patients navigate the healthcare system.
Cancer Navigators work with patients to coordinate their care between different healthcare providers. They also help patients access resources and services, such as transportation, childcare, and financial assistance.
Cancer Navigators advocate for patients’ needs and rights. They work with healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the best possible care. Cancer navigators play a vital role in ensuring that people with cancer receive the care they need.