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Breast Care 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