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.
"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 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.
Kristin Sides, BS
Oncology Patient Navigator
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.
|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|
|Rehabilitation services (speech, physical and occupational therapy)|
|Service excellence (problem resolution)||814.234.6706|
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.
|Breast Cancer Support and Education Group||Angelique Cygan, 814.231.6870|
|Central Counties Ostomy Association||Judy Faux, 814.234.6195|
|Centre Crossings Hospice Support Group||Nichole Crawford, 814.237.7400|
|Compassionate Friends||Amanda Fedisson, 814.383.9904|
|Fertility Issues and Loss Support Groupemail@example.com, heartofcpa.org|
|Healing From Loss Support Group||Marie Radziak, 814.235.8906|
|HEART Support Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org, heartofcpa.org|
|Home Nursing Agency Bereavement Support Group||Ann Foust, 814.237.1404|
|Let's Talk — All Cancers|
Cancer Survivors Association,
|Lymphedema Support Group||Amy Flick, 814.861.6608|
|Survivors of Suicide Support Group||Evelyn Wald, 814.237.0567|
|Taking Charge of Your Health — Mindfulness Meditation||Bill Torretti, 814.360.3492|
|Tides — Grief Support for Children and Those Who Care for Them||Holly Torbic, 814.692.2233|
|Understanding Your Grief Support Group||Marie Radziak, 814.235.8906|
|Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) Face 2 Face (meets bimonthly) — for women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger||Heather Sanford,
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
|ABCD Breast Cancer Support Center||800.977.4121|
|Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education||800.298.2436|
|American Cancer Society||800.ACS.2345|
Association of Cancer Online Resources
|Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund||800.813.HOPE|
|Cancer Survivors Association, Inc.||814.237.2170|
|Colon Cancer Alliance Inc.||877.422.2030|
|Kidney Cancer Association (KCA)||800.850.9132|
|Lance Armstrong Foundation||866.673.7205|
|Leukemia and Lymphoma Society||800.726.2873|
|Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)||800.673.1290|
|National Bone Marrow Transplant Link||800.LINK.BMT|
|National Cancer Institute||800.4.CANCER|
|National Comprehensive Cancer Network||888.909.NCCN|
|National Lymphedema Network Inc.||800.541.3259|
|Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition||717.738.9567|
|Pennsylvania Department of Health Quitline||877.724.1090|
|Saved by the Scan (American Lung Association)|
|Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer|
|Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation||800.IM.AWARE|
|USToo! International, Inc.||630.795.1002|
|Women's Cancer Network||800.444.4441|