The launch of our Patient Support Navigator Program is a dream come true for me. My goal of creating this program began several months ago when I realized the need for ongoing support and guidance for those who seek information from our organization. I am thrilled to announce the launch of this important new program, offering a one-of-a-kind national support network for colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and families, ultimately furthering our vision of a world free of colon cancer.[caption id="attachment_1243" align="alignright" width="334"] Martha Raymond, Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support and Outreach Director.[/caption]
Every year, nearly 150,000 Americans hear the words “You have colon cancer.” This includes the young and old, male and female, every race and religion. People unalike in every sense who now have one thing in common: they are colon cancer patients. First, you’re hit with shock. I felt so healthy; How could this happen? Then fear slowly slides in. Am I going to die? What are the survival statistics? What about my family? And finally panic. I know no one with colon cancer. What now? What do I need to do to survive?
That’s why we’re launching the Patient Support Navigator Program, focusing on diagnostic and treatment navigation. Through high-quality support from our trained Patient Support navigators, this program will help patients at all stages of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship, breaking down barriers to screening and bridging the gap between cancer patients and the medical community.
Lack of access to timely screening or cancer care are directly responsible for lives lost to colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In fact, despite this disease being nearly entirely preventable through screening and 90% beatable when caught and treated early, more than 20 million Americans haven’t had any recommended colon cancer screening. 20 million!
Through our new Patient Support Navigator Program, navigators use a proactive approach to beating this cancer. By guiding and supporting patients and their families, navigators are tearing down barriers to screening (like finances, fear, lack of knowledge, logistical obstacles, etc.) before they lead to a diagnosis. In fact, studies show up to a 41% increase in colon cancer screening rates with the aid of patient navigators. And in the case of a diagnosis, they ensure timely care and treatment to safeguard the best outcome possible.
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Our Patient Support Navigators will be there every step of the way as we build lasting relationships with patients and their families. This program will offer ongoing support and serve as an extension of our free Helpline, My CCA Support Online Community, Buddy Program and Blue Note Fund. Together, these Colon Cancer Alliance Patient Support programs offer the highest quality of services for those affected by colon cancer.
For more information about the new Patient Support Navigator Program, please call our Helpline at (877) 422-2030 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET. We understand the tremendous need for our Patient Support Navigator services and look forward to scheduling your appointment.
Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year,
Patient Support and Outreach Director