According to BreastCancer.org, in 2009 approximately 254,650 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women and in 2008 approximately 1990 new cases were diagnosed in men. The good news is that recent statistics show that the death rates from breast cancer have started to slowly decrease since 1990. Researchers believe the decrease in breast cancer deaths are directly related to treatment advances, earlier detection through proper screening, and increased awareness of the disease as well as an increased awareness in risk according to family history.
If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, you know how difficult receiving this information can be. This scenario is also true for an individual seeking genetic counseling and testing for a cancer gene. Receiving this type of information can cause anxiety, panic, stress, fear of the unknown, as well as depression and grief.
Navigating through the maze of a cancer diagnosis or genetic mutation is a very overwhelming experience. Obtaining assistance by a specialist who has either personal experience or has been professionally trained to assist families during this difficult transition has been found to be a beneficial tool toward gaining a positive outcome.
Navigators are available to listen, provide insight and information about
resources, and advocate for individuals and families who have been
diagnosed with breast cancer. If you need an idea or suggestion: anything from what to pack for a chemo treatment to ideas of how to coordinate meals for your family, a Navigator can provide practical answers and support. The Navigator’s role has been developed to partner with the patient and family to maximize results in a positive and informative manner.
The benefits of having a Navigator are many. They offer a wide range of information, helping the patient make well thought out choices and decisions. If you would like to be matched with someone, please email email@example.com.