It’s a diagnosis that comes with many questions. From surgery to recovery to cost, nurse navigators can help patients better understand what to expect on their breast cancer journey. “We want them to know what to expect the day of surgery. We want them to know the different things to call the doctor for after surgery, any problems, anything like that, we actually go over the surgery itself so they know exactly what is going to happen during the surgery,” said Sheryl Atwood, a nurse navigator with Lee Health.
Sheryl teaches a preop breast cancer class at the Regional Cancer Center. “We talk about the surgery itself and we also go over prevention of lymphedema when someone has lymph nodes removed there’s a risk of lymphedema developing. We do have lymphedema therapists here at Lee Health, and there are different treatments that they can do for it,” she said.
The class also teaches patients exercises that can help them recover after surgery. “I think it is important for them to go through the class because it can help to reduce their anxiety. Once the class is over, they usually express to me that it was a huge help and they feel a lot better and relieved,” said Atwood.
Giving patients the information and resources they need to help them navigate through their breast cancer journey.
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