News | Published June 16, 2010

Surviving and Thriving: The Patient Navigator Can Help

thrive (\thriv\)

  1. to grow vigorously : FLOURISH

  2. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances

Being diagnosed with cancer isn’t just about treatment – it’s about being a survivor. And being a survivor isn’t just about getting by, it’s about thriving. June is National Cancer Survivors Month. One of our country’s most visible cancer survivors, Lance Armstrong, educates the public through the Lance Armstrong Foundation, that “…a survivor is anyone battling cancer. A survivor might be the person diagnosed, a spouse, a child, a friend or any caregiver. Survivorship begins at diagnosis, the moment your battle with cancer begins.”

Whether you are a cancer survivor or know someone who is, now is the time to get involved, celebrate survivorship and get the help you need. Cancer survivors that are residents of the Centre County community have a wealth of resources at their fingertips.

Being a cancer survivor can bring physical, emotional and financial challenges that can persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Luckily, there are many resources close by that can lend a hand. From disease specific support groups to national organizations that can help you and your family, there is always an agency available to provide assistance. Getting connected to all of these valuable resources is as easy as contacting the Patient Navigator at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The Patient Navigator’s goal is to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors no matter what their needs may be.

For cancer survivors, a critical aspect of coping is access to information and connection with other survivors. The Patient Navigator is available to any cancer survivor or family member to help with the many day-to-day issues of survivorship including, but not limited to:

  • Finding a support group that fits.

  • Finding financial resources that can help with day-to-day living.

  • Continued home health needs.

  • Help and information for the caregiver.

  • Guidance through the health care system for continuing medical needs.

  • Help with questions about insurance and patient assistance programs.

  • How to manage life after cancer treatment ends.

  • Assistance with getting any cancer related questions answered.

  • Provide support for any challenge that comes along.
  • If you are a cancer survivor, don’t go it alone. There are so many opportunities for you to continue to thrive after diagnosis and treatment. Please contact Kristin Sides, Certified Patient Navigator at Mount Nittany Medical Center by calling 814.234.6175 or by email at