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When you are diagnosed with cancer, finding the right information can be a lot to manage. Resource navigation is available to find resources and provide guidance. This fact sheet will tell you:

  • More about resource navigation and resource navigators
  • The benefits of resource navigation
  • The impacts of health care disparities on care
  • What CancerCare can do for you

Resource Navigation and Resource Navigators

Resource navigation is a way of helping you find important information and give you guidance after a cancer diagnosis. This can be especially helpful when you are very stressed. A resource navigator can provide a calm and steady approach while giving information that can help you.

What Are Some Benefits to Resource Navigation?

  • Cancer-focused guidance. A cancer diagnosis can impact your life in many ways. A resource navigator will know where to help in order to let you focus on your treatment.

  • Practical information about treatment. Resource navigators can help you understand your care and treatment options. These include potential side effects, how treatment may impact your everyday life and work, and what your rights are.

  • Resources within your community. Finding resources on your own can be time-consuming and stressful. Resource navigators can help locate financial assistance, insurance options, transportation and even ways to help with living expenses.

  • Improved Communication. Cancer is difficult to talk about for many people. A resource navigator can help you feel more connected to others and that your needs are being met by your doctors.

How Do Health Care Disparities Affect Your Care?

People impacted by cancer may face challenges in getting care. Sometimes these challenges come from differences, or disparities, in the identity or status of the person affected by cancer. When these differences are acknowledged, the barriers to best care can sometimes be avoided. Some examples of health care disparities include:

  • Race and/or ethnicity
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Physical ability
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Language spoken
  • Many more Resource navigators can help health care professionals recognize these differences and provide the best care possible for you.

How Can CancerCare Help?

CancerCare has dedicated resource navigators who can help you in many ways. We can help you understand your needs, provide guidance, tips for communication, practical information and find resources you need. This guidance can improve your quality of life and help you gain better understanding of your needs.

CancerCare provides telephone resource navigation nationally to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. All of our services are free of charge.

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Last updated Saturday, February 18, 2023

The information presented in this publication is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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