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September 2009                                                                          

Georgia Cancer Patient Navigator Association Update 

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Forward Email click on Update Profile/Email Address. That will help us to better stay in touch with you via email, snail mail, phone or fax!
                           
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
GASCO Director  (770) 951-1018 
 
GCC Public Relations (404) 584-0527
 
 
 
CANCER PATIENT    NAVIGATION*   
 
Patient Navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care, from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
 
*According to
C-Change - key cancer leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors.
Steering Committee Retreat Oct 2 & 3
 
    The Steering Committee working to formulate a statewide Cancer Patient Navigation organization will meet on October 2 & 3 to develop the organization's name; mission, vision and values and short term objectives. The group had its first meeting by phone on September 3 and agreed that a face-to-face meeting  would be more effective in making these crucial decisions. The retreat will be held at Many Streams Ranch in North Georgia. 
      A new member of the Steering Committee is Deborah
Kemp, OCN, team leader and supervisor of navigation services at the Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion of  St. Joseph's Candler Health System (SJ/C) in Savannah.
SJ/C is a pilot site for the NCI Community Cancer Centers program. The goals of NCCCP are to expand clinical trials; reduce cancer health care disparities; collect, store and share blood and tissue samples needed for research; and explore the utility of a national database of electronic medical records. NCI is invested in researching the impact of patient navigation interventions on reducing the time to deliver quality cancer care, with emphasis on populations experiencing cancer health disparities.
October 2 is LIVESTRONG DAY 
   
LIVESTRONG Day 2009 Support Georgia cancer survivors by wearing yellow on Friday, October 2, the anniversary of Lance Armstrong's cancer diagnosis and LIVESTRONG DAY in Georgia.  Janet Kempe, SEGO Buddies Program Coordinator, organizes the Georgia event and compiles photos of the statewide effort. Take group photos of your "yellow" and email to Janet.Kempe@segyonc.com.                           
National Patient Navigation Survey
   Patient navigators who work with patients with any type of health condition are being asked to participate in a national patient navigator survey sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Institute for Alternative Futures - Disparities Reducing Activities (DRA) Project to better understand patient navigator activities and programs.
      To participate in the National Patient Navigator Survey, go to: 
www.patientnavigatorsurvey.org.
                             
Please FORWARD this message to your colleagues involved in Cancer Patient Navigation  in Georgia.
 
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Founded in 1986, the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) has become a nationally respected state professional society of physicians, practice administrators and affiliated healthcare professionals concerned with clinical oncology. GASCO is committed to serving the needs of oncology providers in order to ensure delivery of the highest quality, sustainable and compassionate cancer care.
 
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