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Cancer Navigator Program

A cancer diagnosis can be a life-altering challenge involving not only life-threatening medical conditions, but also complex psychosocial, insurance, employment and educational issues.

Winthrop’s Cancer Navigator Program offers individualized assistance to patients, families and caregivers, helping them move seamlessly through the many diagnostic tests, procedures, physician visits and treatments they face after learning they have cancer.

Cancer Navigators are nurses and physician assistants who specialize in the care of people with cancer. In addition to assisting patients from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience, they also provide ongoing emotional support when it’s most needed.

Services include:

  • Reducing or eliminating barriers to care, and paving the way for early and timely screenings and diagnostic tests which reduce morbidity and mortality
  • Educating patients about treatment options
  • Identifying and assisting with accessing financial, legal and community support services
  • Connecting patients and families to support groups
For more information, call 1-866-Winthrop

The Cancer Navigator Program Team

Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
Joni Gomes, RN, BSN, OCN
516-663-3887

Breast Imaging Nurse Navigator
Anna Israelton, RN, CBCN-
516-663-9550

Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse Navigator
Christine Guarnieri, RN-C, BSN, OCN
516-663-2601

Gynecologic Cancer Navigator
Jessica Gahres, PA-C
516-663-9762

Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator
Alisa Braithwaite, RN-C, OCN
516-663-4637

Genitourinary Cancer Nurse Navigator
Tara Simon, RN, BSN, OCN
516-663-2251
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