CRANBURY, NJ – It is often said that the worst 3 words you can hear at a doctor’s office are “you have cancer.” The diagnosis is devastating not only because of the disease, but also due to the costs associated with the treatment. This month, CONQUER: the patient voice released its fifth annual “Patient Guide to Cancer Support Services” issue, which aims to help patients and their caregivers, and nurse navigators, providers, and members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team become aware of the financial support services available to the patient. This guide is an easy-to-read, tabbed publication that ensures patients with cancer receive the best available treatment while alleviating some of their financial burdens.
“You may be surprised to see how many pharmaceutical companies today provide financial assistance for their cancer drugs,” said Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG, Co-Founder, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). This guide provides detailed information about support services offered by drug companies for more than 30 types of cancer. The issue is sorted by both drug and disease state in order to quickly find programs offering financial assistance to the oncology patient.
About the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators® (www.aonnonline.org)
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, Inc. (AONN+) is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators. The organization, which has nearly 8,900 members, was founded in 2009 to provide a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services in order to better manage the complexities of the cancer treatment process.
About CONQUER: the patient voice™ (www.conquer-magazine.com)
CONQUER: the patient voice is the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) premier forum for patients with cancer. CONQUER features articles written by and for patients with cancer, survivors, nurse navigators, and other oncology team members. This magazine addresses the issues that patients, their family members, and caregivers face every day in an easy-to-read format. Issues include interviews with patients with cancer, information on access to care, and articles on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, stress management, personal finance, and legal and employer issues. CONQUER also features patient stories that are nominated for the AONN+ Hero of Hope™ award, which is presented at the AONN+ Annual Conference. All stories are compiled in a special issue of CONQUER at the end of the year.
Gwen Coverdale, 267-884-6328