A Breast Health
Navigator is a
health care professional who is knowledgeable about
breast diseases, and provides educational information and
support to all breast health patients.
They are invaluable to patients and families seeking resources for treatment and recovery. A breast health navigator’s
role is outlined as follows:
educational and emotional consultant for patients with malignant or
benign breast diseases.
of the breast cancer patient and family, understanding and
coping with the strong emotions that accompany a breast cancer
diagnosis. They remain a constant caregiver and overseer of the
patient’s educational, emotional and social needs.
A provider of
educational resources for the patient and family, to answer
their questions and address their fears during the breast cancer
of physicians’ recommendations for patient care to help ensure
patient compliance and understanding.
that provides the facts—not opinions and treatment advice,
which is the role of the physicians. They explain advantages and
disadvantages and leaves final decisions to the patient and
manager in assessing patients’ educational and social needs,
identifying healthcare barriers and appropriately referring to proper sources of
leader and facilitator of support groups for patients, their
support partners and family.
for other medical personnel in understanding treatment of benign and
malignant diseases and the patient’s emotional
and social recovery from the disease.
educator on the early detection of breast disease and breast
of the latest information on changes in breast health and breast
cancer care to help keep staff and physicians up-to-date.
Please feel free to contact our breast health navigator. Not
only will you get information on educational and community support
resources, but they will also be able to assess your needs for things
like wigs, camisoles, bra prostheses, swimsuits, and other needed
items. If you are experiencing financial difficulty during
treatment, some of these items may be given for free, because of the
efforts of Hooked on Hope, an organization dedicated solely to Dr. Charles E. Cox and
the USF Breast Health Program.
Theresa Winsey, RT,
(R) (M) ARRT
Clinical Navigator, Cancer Services
Florida Hospital, Tampa Bay
3000 Medical Park Drive, Suite
Tampa, Florida 33613
Cell: (813) 781-0721