For those of you visiting our Blog for the first time, we want to let you know that we have an exclusive, annual Breast Health Navigator Training at Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta. This year’s training takes place September 17- 20. EduCare has been training Navigators for 18 years and over 2,200 nurses have attended the training.
This year’s training promises to be our best yet. We say this because we are very excited to have, Dr. Ruth O’Regan, practicing Oncologist at the prestigious Emory Breast Center, who will teach the oncology treatment modules. Dr. O’Regan currently serves as an Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute and is the Director of Winship’s Translational Breast Cancer Research Program.
One of the most challenging roles of a Breast Health Navigator is understanding and discussing cancer treatments with a patient after surgery. Drugs for chemotherapy are constantly changing, as is the delivery of radiation therapy. New gene testing and targeted drugs are now a mainstay of oncology treatment. The body of breast cancer treatment information is large, often complicated, and changes rapidly. For nurses without an oncology background, cancer treatment navigation may be intimidating. Determining what is important to understand among the vast array of options is essential for effective patient navigation. Because patients look to their Nurse Navigator to help interpret a physician’s treatment decision, a Navigator needs to feel competent to answer basic patient questions about chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation therapy and the management of their side effects.
Dr. O’Regan brings her front-line, hands-on experience, to prepare Breast Health Nurse Navigators for the role of educating, supporting and navigating breast cancer patients through treatment. She will condense the vast body of breast cancer information into the basic essentials that you, as a Navigator, must know to educate and empower your patients.
Starting with how treatment decisions are determined for a patient, Dr. O’Regan will:
- Explain the most recent guidelines and treatment essentials a Navigator needs to understand to support a patient throughout chemotherapy, hormonal, and radiation therapy treatment.
- Discuss the emotionally charged issues of fertility preservation for young women and treating a woman who is pregnant.
- Teach Navigators the signs and symptoms of recurrence and the latest practice standards for the treatment of recurrent breast cancer.
We know you will benefit greatly from Dr. O’Regan’s expertise on these topics, and we can’t wait to have you join us in Atlanta. You can register for our conference here. We’ll also be glad to answer your questions in our comment section, or if you prefer, call us at (843) 760-6064 or reach out to us online here.