This is not a real headline- a single car accident that killed and injured so many would spark an instant outcry with demands for improvements to our roads and improvements to automobile safety.
And yet: more than 3,100 people in Maine will die of cancer this year, and another 8,200 will diagnosed at some stage of the disease. Where is the demand for change?
Cancer care is a complicated and far-ranging affair that confronts patients with many challenges including; "what are my treatment options?" "how do I manage my medicines?" "how do I establish post-treatment therapy?" "what are my financial options?" and many more.
Trained Nurse Navigators are the first and best advocate for a cancer patient, and care centers that provide this service see marked improvements in patient outcomes.