Patient Navigators Serve as a Valuable Resource For Breast Health Continuum of Care

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (November 12, 2012) — Breast care patients at TriStar Summit Medical Center will now benefit from a new patient navigation program, expanding the breast health services offered at the hospital’s Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.  Recent studies suggest that patient navigation—a service that helps patients manage the complexities of cancer care—leads to faster diagnosis for breast cancer.

A breast health navigator is a healthcare professional trained in breast cancer care that guides and supports patients and their families through the many challenges of breast cancer. The navigator is dedicated to bringing together all multidisciplinary team members involved in a patient’s care, leading to a quicker diagnosis and translating to faster treatment to give women a higher chance of survival.

“TriStar Summit’s breast navigation programs provide women a personalized and coordinated approach to screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer,” said Michael Thomas, M.D., breast surgeon with TriStar Summit Medical Center.  “With the support of a breast navigator as part of the healthcare team, many women are able to overcome the fears and barriers associated with breast cancer and receive the necessary care, saving precious time and improving outcomes.”

In addition to TriStar Summit, breast patient navigators are also assisting patients at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center locations at TriStar Centennial, TriStar Hendersonville, TriStar Horizon, TriStar Skyline, TriStar Southern Hills and TriStar StoneCrest Medical Centers in Middle Tennessee.