“Cancer Navigator” is a project designed to assist cancer patients and their caregivers address barriers to treatment by providing them with tools to better understand their diagnosis and treatment, and improve their quality of life. The program is comprised of two main components: a “Cancer Basics” video-based information series, and a local resource guide/map providing information on locally available and affordable food, housing and transportation services.
‣Provide relevant information to patients and caregivers about cancer related topics such as what to expect from treatments, side effects, exercise/nutrition, etc.
‣Increase health literacy among patients and caregivers
‣Decrease patient anxiety and distress
‣Improve adherence to treatment
‣Increase in patients’ and caregivers’ knowledge of cancer and its treatment
‣Improved patient and caregiver satisfaction with quality of care
‣Reduced patients’ and caregivers’ levels of distress
‣Improved patient compliance with treatment
‣Decreased burden on hospital staff
The pilot launched in 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia and will expand to 3 additional sites in Colombia and Viet Nam in 2021, providing educational resources and navigational support with the potential of reaching more than 10,000 cancer patients and their families every day.