McLaren Health Care
Cancer Navigators

Cancer Care Navigators

When someone diagnosed with cancer comes to Karmanos Cancer Institute, they will receive exceptional care from our entire team. Our Patient Navigator Program features a dedicated person 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

Karmanos Detroit and Farmington Hills Patient Navigator

Karmanos is offering oncology patient navigator services for each of its multidisciplinary cancer care teams. The navigator, who will follow you throughout your entire cancer journey at Karmanos, will work to learn more about your personal goals as you receive and complete treatment so that they can be shared with your medical team.

Patient navigator help connect patients with resources, including:

  • Scheduling
  • Financial and insurance
  • Billing issues
  • Transportation
  • Language/cultural
  • Coordinator of care
  • Personal care needs
  • Social work and supportive services

An oncology patient navigator will be assigned to you at your first appointment. These individuals are trained according to the multidisciplinary team that is caring for you. If you have questions about this service, please speak to a member of your Karmanos health care team.

Meet our Team

To request an Oncology Patient Navigator, you can call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266). You may also email Please include your full name, telephone number and the name of your Karmanos physician/provider.

McLaren Bay Region Breast Cancer Navigator

Colleen Woods, RN, BSN
McLaren Health Pavilion
3175 W. Professional Dr.
Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 667-6357
(989) 667-6359 fax

breast health navigator Colleen Woods

McLaren Oakland Breast Cancer Navigator

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.

McLaren Flint Oncology Nurse Navigator

Carrie Haneckow, BSN, RN.

For more information:

Phone: (810) 342-4848



McLaren Flint Oncology Nurse Navigator Carrie Haneckow

McLaren Flint / Clarkston Breast Cancer Navigator

Penny Wilkinson, RN

For more information:

Phone: (810) 342-1735



McLaren Flint/Clarkston Breast Cancer Navigator Penny Wilkinson

McLaren Proton Therapy Center Navigator

Nicole Cygnar R.T. is the Proton Therapy Patient Navigator at McLaren Proton Therapy Center.

For more information:

Phone: (855) 697-7686



Proton Therapy Patient Navigator Nicole Cygnar

McLaren Greater Lansing Breast Cancer Navigator

Sarah Lersch, RN
Phone: (517) 975-6432

breast health navigator Sarah Lersch

McLaren Greater Lansing Lung/ Esophageal Cancer Navigator

Becky Loomis, RN, BSN
Phone: (517) 975-8030

breast health navigator Becky Loomis

McLaren Greater Lansing Oncology Nurse Navigator

Sheri Patterson, RN, MSN, MBA
Phone: (517) 975-7815

breast health navigator Sheri Patterson

McLaren Northern Michigan Cancer Navigator

The Nurse Navigator program at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan, first established in 2013, has expanded to include all cancer patients

McLaren Port Huron Breast Cancer Navigator

Julie Dickinson, BSN, OCN.
(810) 989-3788

breast health navigator Julie Dickson