What We Do
Surviving cancer is hard, but it doesn’t need to be confusing, lonely or scary. We connect people to navigation and survivorship resources, as well as participate in and hold events to help fund our partner organizations.
Navigation and survivorship resources are the resources outside of medical care that create the holistic plan to beating cancer. They include transportation to visits, financial support, and access to community engagement. All of these improve the lives of cancer survivors from day one of diagnosis. N2SN can connect people to nurse navigators, counseling, and other organizations that provide survivorship services.
To learn more about survivorship navigation according to the American Cancer Society, click here.
What are Nurse Navigators?
The Oncology Nurse APN/PA publication defines nurse navigators as “nurses that guide patients through the healthcare system and help them to overcome barriers to optimal care.” Nurse navigators are a special type of oncology nurse who can help cancer patients understand their symptoms, treatment options, and the medical jargon that doctors use. They assist patients through every step of their journey and are one part of the holistic care plan. N2SN helps patients know about their options for nurse navigators, because they are very important to survival.
What is Patient Navigation?
Patient Navigation is a process by which an individual, a patient navigator, guides a patient with suspicious findings through and around barriers in the complex cancer care system to help ensure timely diagnosis and treatment. Patient navigation helps ensure that patients receive competent care that is confidential, respectful, compassionate and safe.
Franciscan Health Cancer Center offers premier cancer care; from diagnosis and treatment to education and prevention, they have it all. They promise the best patient care and medical services every step of the way. As a leader in comprehensive cancer care, Franciscan Health centers around their patients, helping them survive cancer.
Pink Ribbon Connection works to support survivors of breast cancer through counseling, emotional support, and other resources. Pink Ribbon also offers informational sessions, packets, and peer counseling to survivors.
The Indiana Women in Need Foundation offers financial, physical, and emotional help for individuals surviving with breast cancer. Since 2000, they have helped provide support for both men and women by holding events like trivia nights and offering financial help for services like healthy meals, transportation to appointments, housekeeping and more.
Casting for Recovery provides free outdoor retreats for breast cancer patients and survivors in any stage of the treatment or recovery journey. These retreats aim to inspire survivors and provide a place to bond over shared experiences with unconventional activities like fly fishing.
The Little Red Door Cancer Agency works to alleviate the burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis by supplying free survivor programming and education. They offer programs, navigation, and support, including a boutique for appearance-related side effects and transportation for those diagnosed with cancer.