A Team Approach to Personalized Cancer Care

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park are committed to delivering coordinated, integrated cancer care to patients. The approach includes a comprehensive navigation team that consists of skilled and experienced professionals trained to help patients and their loved ones navigate the cancer journey.

The cancer care navigation team, which provides services to all patients who have cancer, focuses on ensuring patients have timely access to care by providing support and eliminating barriers they may encounter while undergoing treatment. The cancer care navigation team offers cancer patients and their families a multidisciplinary approach involving nursing, nutrition and social work support, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

“Our navigation team provides personalized care to meet the unique needs of our cancer patients and aims to ease the burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis,” says Traudi Rose, RN, OCN, CHPN, MBA, lead navigator for the Adventist HealthCare system. “Whether a patient needs resources, nutritional counseling, financial assistance, emotional support or other services, our team is here to help.”

The Adventist HealthCare cancer care navigation team includes:

  • Cancer Nurse Navigators to assist in coordinating and streamlining cancer care. They collaborate with physicians, patients and caregivers to decrease the time from diagnosis to treatment and provide education and counseling to patients and their families.
  • Oncology Nutrition Coordinators to help patients achieve optimal nutritional status prior to surgery for faster healing. They also provide education to avoid malnutrition and help educate patients on complex nutrition and supplement issues before, during and after treatment.
  • Oncology Social Workers to assist in identifying financial resources and psychosocial support. They work with patients and families on coping skills to use during their cancer journeys. and supplement issues before, during and after treatment.

To reach a member of the Adventist HealthCare cancer care navigation team, call 240-826-6297 for Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center or 301-891-5559 for Washington Adventist Hospital, or visit www.YourCancerTeam.com to learn more.