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Patient navigators help manage ups, downs of cancer diagnosis, treatment
Lisa Bridges is a breast cancer patient navigator at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. The program provides a continuous presence from diagnosis to completion of treatments. - photo by Scott Rogers
For women with breast cancer, having a support network can be essential in their long-term prognosis. As a patient navigator at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lisa Bridges stands on the precipice of what comes next for women with a new cancer diagnosis. Bridges, a registered nurse who helped launch the program nearly 10 years ago, said navigators assist from the moment of diagnosis all the way through treatment to survivorship by engaging families in decision making, removing logistical and financial barriers to care and providing needed education on what women can expect in their medical journey. It’s about personalizing services.