Nurse Navigators Help After Diagnosis

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. It can be a scary diagnosis, but local patients don’t have to go through the journey alone.

Patty Crumrine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and she has been cancer-free since her double mastectomy that same year and it’s a fight she didn’t have to battle alone; Rogue Regional Medical Center has a nurse navigator. Melanie Dines meets with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. She gives patients information about what the diagnosis means, their options and what’s next.

“When you’re dealing with an emotionally draining diagnosis like breast cancer, or any cancer, it helps to have one steady person kind of help guide you…take your arm along the way the steps and the maze of cancer care,” explains Dines.

Dines is also there as an emotional support. She said she is involved with the patients when they get diagnosed, she also tries to be there when they go to their first chemotherapy treatment.

“She walked with me on the day of my mastectomy to the hospital,” recalled Crumrine.

Melanie has been a nurse navigator at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for five years. Providence Medford Medical Center also has a nurse navigator working in its Breast Center.