I’ve had difficulties sleeping lately as there is so much on my mind. I consistently run through my goals and objectives as I work to advocate for cancer reform. It can be challenging to say the least. It is amazing how individuals and companies can surprise you with their lack of urgency to help end disparities and challenges facing cancer patients.
As I head to the LIVE STRONG Summit on Thursday I get a rush thinking of the work that will be done. Instead of facing people who put up barriers, I will be surrounded by people like me who want to do something to bring about change.
The distinguished speakers are varied and will all offer extensive knowledge. I am particularly interested to hear more from Dr. Harold Freeman. I came across a quote he made, “Poverty should not be an offense punishable by death.” It is something that resonates in me as I work to help advocate for the Patient Navigator program.
Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. Cancer patient navigation works with a patient from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience. At a point when patients and their families are facing the challenge of their lives, they must navigate and manage one of the most complex healthcare systems in the world.
It is time the Navigator program is implemented in ALL areas for ALL people! I am anxious to hear more on the topic - I am even more anxious to encourage change locally, regionally, and nationally.