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Oncology Nurse Navigator Assists Breast Cancer Patients at Sutter Auburn Faith

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cancer, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, Oncology Nurse Manager

Ellen Carlson, RN, has accepted the new position of the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. As the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Carlson will offer individualized assistance to breast cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She will assess the patient’s clinical needs, provide education and will assist with managing the complex needs of a cancer diagnosis, collaborating on the patient’s behalf with other clinicians. Once this service is established, Carlson will assist all oncology patients.

Above all, Carlson will be supportive. The hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator position was created at the hospital in order to offer cancer patients a professional hand during a stressful, emotional and difficult time.

“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is faced with dozens of decisions,” said Carlson. “She’ll have to decide about having chemotherapy before or after surgery; whether to have a mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation; immediate reconstruction at the time of the mastectomy or even if she should participate in a clinical trial. “

Carlson says the patient’s physician will provide vital basic information and treatment options, but most patients benefit from having someone to support them in understanding that information and deciding what they, as an individual, want to do.

As she works with breast cancer patients, Carlson will look to anticipate her patients’ needs so she can initiate appropriate referrals and assist in identifying the necessary medical resources. In addition, Carlson will provide educational materials to equip patients with the knowledge they need to make the important decisions regarding their care.

Carlson, previously with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, a Sutter affiliate, where she served as the manager of the hospital’s cancer center, is looking forward to her role at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “I’m excited to be part of the Auburn community and serving the people who live here,” said Carlson, who has not only purchased a home in Auburn but also has enrolled her three children in the local schools. “Cancer treatment is challenging and I am glad to be helping those going through this journey.”

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s comprehensive cancer program, accredited by the American College of Surgeons, provides care and services for patients close to home. The hospital offers digital mammography in its Women’s Imaging Center, chemotherapy in the Infusion Therapy Center and, in addition, clinical trials.

Each and every breast cancer patient at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital receives personalized care and treatment designed to meet her individual needs. The hospital offers a highly trained staff and a physician consultation team approach to breast care, along with state-of-the-art equipment. The new oncology nurse navigator, by assisting the patient from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the breast cancer experience, provides an additional layer of service to the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital cancer program.

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cancer, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments