What is a Patient Navigator?
The Rush Cancer Resource Program is staffed by a patient navigator, a licensed clinical social worker who is an employee of the American Cancer Society. The patient navigator meets with patients and family members either by phone or in person to assess individual needs and provide the necessary support. The patient navigator's responsibilities include the following:
- Remove potential roadblocks so patients can receive the best cancer treatment possible
- Provide information about support services and facilitate access to various programs designed to help families confronting cancer
- Disseminate comprehensive information on different types of cancer and treatments, including brochures and videos
The patient navigator can also help patients and families with:
- Accessing services and resources at Rush
- Learning more about clinical trials, which evaluate new and exciting treatments, many of which are available at Rush
- Locating financial assistance programs for various treatment-related needs
- Accessing transportation
- Locating support groups
About Clinical Trials at Rush
As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in hundreds of clinical studies, or trials, to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge. Clinical trials help bring new treatments and procedures to the public, and they allow people to play an active role in their own health care.
For a list of the clinical trials ongoing at Rush, visit the Clinical Trials home page.
To meet with the patient navigator or obtain educational materials, please call (312) 563-2409.
For information on other support services for cancer patients offered by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago go to the Cancer Support Programs home page.