Supporting Newly Diagnosed Patients
As a patient of our cancer center, you and your loved ones will have access to various support services during all phases of your treatment and care. These services can include medical social work, patient navigation, financial advocacy, nutrition, educational and community resources, as well as information about local and regional support groups and classes.
As a newly diagnosed patient, we work closely on your behalf with your referring provider or your primary care physician (PCP) to arrange for an initial consultation with the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center. Assisting you to coordinate appointments with your schedule and unique needs in mind is the priority of your Patient Navigator.
How the Patient Navigator Can Assist You
The primary role of our Patient Navigator is getting you connected with the resources and information you need in order to communicate with your healthcare team about your treatment options and choices.
Our team is here to remove any barriers to care and assist with:
- Confirming your records are transferred in time to each physician
- Connecting you with reliable, accurate information about your cancer
- Ensuring you have access to our entire team - nurses, financial advocate, social work team, nutritionist - for cancer support and education
- Scheduling you with the right cancer specialists at the right time
- Understanding all the capabilities of our system of care at Skagit Regional Health
Understanding Medical Benefits Gives Peace of Mind
Our Patient Financial Advocate will be able to assist you in understanding the insurance benefits you have available, or to research other benefit options you might need. Additionally, we work to identify local, state and national financial assistance for cancer patients and/or prescription assistance programs which may be available.
Oncology Social Work Services
An Oncology Social Worker, is available to assist with the emotional and social health concerns that may occur during the cancer diagnosis and treatment process. Concerns may involve coping with the news of a diagnosis, communicating with family and friends, and the effect of treatment decisions as they relate to work, family and quality of life. Referrals to community agencies, transportation resources and/or referrals to home health care and hospice are also available.
Healthy nutrition can assist in aiding tolerance to treatment, enhance energy level and support the immune system. Our cancer center can access a professional dietitian/nutritionist to provide consultation and current resources based upon your specific concerns or needs.
Cancer Care Resource Corner
The PACCAR Patient Education Resource Center is designed to provide support and information for patients and families receiving treatment at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center. You will find books, brochures, and CDs regarding multiple cancer related topics. All materials are free of charge and the Resource Corner is available for patient and family use during normal business hours. You will also find information about a variety of topics related to cancer at Medline Plus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
Transportation to and from treatment can be a concern for many patients and families. Your oncology social worker can assist you in locating the resources that are most appropriate for your current needs. Please call 360-814-8255 to discuss the options that may be available to you or your loved one.
You may also consider contacting the American Cancer Society about their Road to Recovery Program. This free program offers trained volunteer drivers to provide transportation for cancer patients. For more information, please call 1-800-227-2345.
The Sunrise Inn at our Mount Vernon campus is now available for out of area patients who would like to stay near the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center for the week. Residence Monday through Thursday can be provided at a cost of $50 per week. Please call Oncology Social Services for further information at 360-814-8255 as these services must be pre-arranged.
The American Cancer Society also has a Lodging Program designed to provide free or reduced cost hotel accommodations for cancer patients who must travel long distances for treatment. To inquire about this program, please call 1-800-227-2345.
For More Information About Patient Support Services
To learn more about our Patient Support Services, please contact one of our team members at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center. We look forward to helping you in any way.