Powerful Patients: Highlights and Takeaways from the 2014 Personalized Medicine World Conference

Every year, scientists, doctors, and representatives from pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and technology companies gather in Silicon Valley to talk shop at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC). For 2 days, they discuss the triumphs and challenges of diagnosing and treating diseases based on patients’ distinct genetic characteristics.

This year, the PMWC status quo was interrupted by a not-so-unlikely guest: the patient. Cancer Commons joined the event’s organizers to cohost a series of informative presentations for patients and advocates, delivered by doctors and researchers, as well as patients and advocates themselves. Continue reading…


Nurse Navigators Pilot Patients Through Cancer Treatment

Receiving early assistance from a nurse navigator improves health care experiences for cancer patients, a recent study confirms. A nurse navigator acts as a point person guiding patients through the complexities of the health care system. He or she coordinates health services, conveys and explains medical information, provides psychological and social support, and acts as an advocate for the patient. A study compared cancer patients who received weekly phone calls from a nurse navigator for 4 to 5 months starting 2 weeks after diagnosis to patients receiving written educational materials. Patients who had received nurse navigator assistance felt better supported emotionally, more involved in their care, better informed, and more prepared for the future.


Nurse Navigators Pilot Patients Through Cancer Treatment

Receiving early assistance from a nurse navigator improves health care experiences for cancer patients, a recent study confirms. A nurse navigator acts as a point person guiding patients through the complexities of the health care system. He or she coordinates health services, conveys and explains medical information, provides psychological and social support, and acts as an advocate for the patient. A study compared cancer patients who received weekly phone calls from a nurse navigator for 4 to 5 months starting 2 weeks after diagnosis to patients receiving written educational materials. Patients who had received nurse navigator assistance felt better supported emotionally, more involved in their care, better informed, and more prepared for the future.


Nurse Navigators Pilot Patients Through Cancer Treatment

Receiving early assistance from a nurse navigator improves health care experiences for cancer patients, a recent study confirms. A nurse navigator acts as a point person guiding patients through the complexities of the health care system. He or she coordinates health services, conveys and explains medical information, provides psychological and social support, and acts as an advocate for the patient. A study compared cancer patients who received weekly phone calls from a nurse navigator for 4 to 5 months starting 2 weeks after diagnosis to patients receiving written educational materials. Patients who had received nurse navigator assistance felt better supported emotionally, more involved in their care, better informed, and more prepared for the future.