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Oncology Patient Navigator

When someone diagnosed with breast cancer comes to Karmanos Cancer Institute, they will receive exceptional care from our entire team. Our Patient Navigator Program features a dedicated registered oncology nurse who works to guide patients through the health care system, ensuring they receive seamless, coordinated care, along with any other necessary support services. The patient navigator is a constant, a familiar face that is always there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care. What's more, the patient navigator will communicate with the primary care physician, ensuring they receive up-to-date information about their patients' progress.

Specifically, the patient navigator seeks to:

  • Address your questions and concerns
  • Link you to resources regarding insurance and payment assistance
  • Refer you to transportation services, if needed
  • Direct you to further health care services
  • Identify helpful local resources and support services
  • Help you track appointments
  • Act as a resource for helpful health care information for you and your family

McLaren Bay Region Breast Care Navigator

breast health navigator Colleen Woods

Colleen Woods, RN, BSN

McLaren Health Pavilion
3175 W. Professional Dr.
Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 667-6357
(989) 667-6359 fax
colleen.woods@mclaren.org

A Breast Nurse Navigator is a Registered Nurse who provides education, emotional support and coordination of services to patients, families and caregivers as they travel through the cancer treatment journey with a focus on survival.

The Breast Nurse Navigator is a constant, familiar face that is always there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care.

Responsibilities of Navigator

  • Eliminate gaps in Cancer care
  • Provide emotional support to reduce distress
  • Facilitate communication between other providers of healthcare
  • Address problems
  • Review and explain recommendations
  • Monitor and assist with managing symptoms caused by treatment
  • Share knowledge of resources and assist with access to those resources
  • Education in order to enable patients and caregivers to make informed decisions

Our Breast Health Navigator

Education

  • 1988 Delta College Associate Degree, Applied Science (RN)
  • 1991 Lake Superior State University, Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Professional Nursing Experience

  • McLaren Bay Region: Breast Nurse Navigator, Case Manager, Inpatient Oncology, Infusion Clinic
  • Covenant: Outpatient Services
  • McLaren Visiting Nurse: Clinical Supervisor and Case Manager for Home Care & Hospice

McLaren Clarkston | McLaren Oakland Breast Nurse Navigator

Joey SherovskiCancer can be concerning, even overwhelming, but you don't have to navigate it by yourself. From diagnosis to cure, you need to know that we have a dedicated breast health nurse navigator at McLaren Oakland who is here for you as an advocate and resource throughout all channels of care, making sure you receive timely, appropriate and seamless cancer treatment.

Our breast health nurse navigator is Joey Sheroski, BSN, RN. While holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Joey is actively pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree. She is a registered nurse on the Michigan Board of Nursing, a BLS Certified Red Cross Instructor and is School Nurse Certified in the State of Michigan.

Our breast health nurse navigator's goal is to guide patients through the health care system, ensuring they receive coordinated care, along with any other necessary support services. She is a constant familiar face that is always there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care. What's more, she will communicate with your primary care physician, ensuring they receive up-to-date information about your progress.

For more information on the McLaren Oakland navigation services, please call (248) 922-6810.

McLaren Northern Michigan Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

The Nurse Navigator program at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan, first established in 2013, has expanded to include all cancer patients in need with individual training and experience specific to a patient's cancer origin - breast, lung, head/neck are examples. Nurse navigators are experienced, specially-trained oncology care professionals who serve as patient guides and advocate through each phase of the continuum of care. 

The Role of the Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

  • Develop patient and family relationships with emotional support and encouragement
  • Help patients and families understand diagnosis and treatment options
  • Empower patients to make informed medical decisions
  • Assist in planning and management of individual treatment plans for seamless and efficient care
  • Enhance communication with full medical team
  • Advocate and serve as a knowledgeable and committed professional
  • Help patients and families understand and manage treatment side effects. 
  • Assist with post-mastectomy care, consultation, and support including:
    • Prosthetics and wigs
    • Comfort kits - softee camisoles and Heal in Comfort recovery shirts
    • Lymphedema prevention and treatment
  • Screen for hereditary 'red flags' and assist with referrals to genetic counselor as appropriate
  • Transitional support and survivorship programs
  • Coordinate relevant community and health-related services such as:
    • Oncology Dietitian
    • Financial Assistance
    • Transportation Assistance
    • Support Groups
    • Community Programs

Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator program is affiliated with:

The Role of the Head, Neck, and Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator

  • Develop patient and family relationships with emotional support and encouragement
  • Helps patients and families understand diagnosis and treatment options
  • Empower patients to make informed medical decisions
  • Assist in planning and management of individual care
  • Enhance communication with full medical team
  • Advocate and serve as knowledgeable and committed professional
  • Helps patients and families understand and manage treatment side effects
  • Coordinate relevant community and health-related services such as:
    • Oncology Dietitian
    • Financial Assistance
    • Transportation Assistance
    • Support Groups
    • Community Programs