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Kristen Sides, BS, certified patient navigator, cancer program, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Oncology Patient Navigators
Meet our Patient Navigators
Local support groups
Additional cancer resources


When you receive a cancer diagnosis, your world changes, and we want to provide real resources — people — you need to navigate your next steps. We offer Cancer Care Navigators to help you with every part of your journey so you can focus your energy where it needs to be: on defeating the disease.

Kristen Sides, BS, certified patient navigator, cancer program, Mount Nittany Medical Center

"We're there to help people and remove those barriers." – Kristen Sides, BS, certified patient navigator, cancer program, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Oncology Patient Navigators

Oncology Patient Navigators are available to help guide patients through the healthcare system, as well as locate community resources that meet their needs. Assistance can be provided for many things, including practical problems, such as transportation, finances, childcare, housing and insurance or clinically oriented problems, like treatment side effects, nutrition and home health needs. Our Care Navigators can also help coordinate your care and treatment by communicating with members of your medical team.

Mount Nittany Medical Center's oncology Patient Navigators offer the support that you and your family need and are available at no cost to patients.

Meet our Patient Navigators

Kristin Sides, BS

Oncology Patient Navigator



Leslie Finton

Oncology Patient Navigator



Angelique Cygan, RN

Oncology Breast Navigator




At Mount Nittany Health, we strive to provide our oncology patients with all the resources they need when it comes to fighting cancer. We hope that these resources will help you connect to the person who can best meet your needs.

ResourcePhone number
Breast health navigator 814.231.6870
Case management department 814.234.6153
Genetic counseling and testing 1.800.243.1455 x1631
Lady Lion Basketball Cancer Resource Center 814.231.7030
Oncology social workers 814.234.6153
Ostomy/wound clinical nurse specialist 814.234.6195
Pastoral care 814.231.7090
Rehabilitation services (speech, physical and occupational therapy)


Service excellence (problem resolution) 814.234.6706


Local support groups

The list below includes oncology-related support groups in the central Pennsylvania area. Details for these support group meetings are listed in our Events section.

GroupContact information
Breast Cancer Support and Education GroupAngelique Cygan, 814.231.6870
Central Counties Ostomy AssociationJudy Faux, 814.234.6195
Centre Crossings Hospice Support GroupNichole Crawford, 814.237.7400
Compassionate FriendsAmanda Fedisson, 814.383.9904
Fertility Issues and Loss Support Groupinfo@heartofcpa.org, heartofcpa.org
Healing From Loss Support GroupMarie Radziak, 814.235.8906
HEART Support Groupinfo@heartofcpa.org, heartofcpa.org
Home Nursing Agency Bereavement Support GroupAnn Foust, 814.237.1404
Let's Talk — All Cancers
Cancer Survivors Association, 
Lymphedema Support GroupAmy Flick, 814.861.6608
Survivors of Suicide Support GroupEvelyn Wald, 814.237.0567
Taking Charge of Your Health — Mindfulness MeditationBill Torretti, 814.360.3492
Tides — Grief Support for Children and Those Who Care for ThemHolly Torbic, 814.692.2233
Understanding Your Grief Support GroupMarie Radziak, 814.235.8906
Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) Face 2 Face (meets bimonthly)  — for women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or youngerHeather Sanford, 

yscheather@gmail.com, 814.441.0682


Additional cancer resources

We strive to offer the most personalized cancer care possible, but we know that there's no such thing as too much support when it comes to fighting cancer. That's why we've collected these trusted resources for your convenience; it's just another way for our team to partner with you in your battle against cancer.

American Cancer Society programs

These programs are offered in the State College community throughout the year. Find upcoming events near you by visiting the ACS website.

I Can Cope

This free education series for cancer patients, their families and friends addresses topics related to the cancer journey.

Look Good...Feel Better

This is a workshop in which specially trained volunteer beauty professionals teach women undergoing cancer treatment how to care for changes that may occur in skin and hair.


These are meetings for men with prostate cancer to provide education and the opportunity to connect with others who have the same diagnosis.

Reach to Recovery

This program involves trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors offering practical tips on self-care and a listening ear to anyone with breast cancer at diagnosis, throughout treatment and during remission.

Road to Recovery

Trained Road to Recovery volunteers provide cancer patients transportation to and from outpatient cancer treatments.

State and national cancer resources

ResourcePhone number
ABCD Breast Cancer Support Center800.977.4121
Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education800.298.2436
American Cancer Society800.ACS.2345
Association of Cancer Online Resources  
Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund800.813.HOPE
Cancer Survivors Association, Inc.814.237.2170
Colon Cancer Alliance Inc.877.422.2030
Kidney Cancer Association (KCA)800.850.9132
Lance Armstrong Foundation866.673.7205
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society800.726.2873
Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)800.673.1290
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link800.LINK.BMT
National Cancer Institute800.4.CANCER
National Comprehensive Cancer Network888.909.NCCN
National Lymphedema Network Inc.800.541.3259
Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition717.738.9567
Pennsylvania Department of Health Quitline877.724.1090
Saved by the Scan (American Lung Association) 
Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer 
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation800.IM.AWARE
USToo! International, Inc.630.795.1002
Women's Cancer Network800.444.4441