Clinical Patient Navigators

Making a decision about cancer treatment isn't always easy. The days and weeks after a cancer diagnosis can be a fearful and confusing time. Understanding the medical information can feel overwhelming. Yet, it’s important that you explore all your options. At Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, we're here to support you by providing the information you need to make an informed treatment choice.

We provide the services of a dedicated clinical patient navigator for people diagnosed with the following cancers:

  • breast
  • skin: melanoma, squamous cell
  • gynecologic: ovarian, uterine, fallopian tubes, cervical, endometrial, vaginal, vulvar, primary peritoneal
  • genitourinary: bladder, kidney, testicular, penile, prostate
  • thoracic: lung, esophageal
  • upper gastrointestinal: biliary, liver, pancreas, stomach
  • lower gastrointestinal: colorectal, appendix

What is a Clinical Patient Navigator?

A clinical patient navigator is an oncology nurse or social worker who specializes in working with patients diagnosed with cancer. The clinical patient navigator is here to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the most informed and timely decision about your treatment plan.

At MMC, we also have a patient navigator who helps patients find and access community resources. She is an American Cancer Society (ACS) patient navigator trained in a special ACS program. The patient navigator helps patients with non-clinical issues including language and cultural barriers; transportation; lack of financial resources; insurance difficulties; and access to support groups, home health, respite care, or hospice. For more information or to make a referral to the ACS patient navigator at MMC, call (207) 396-8335.

What services does the clinical patient navigator provide?

  • Ease your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
  • Explain the different treatment options for your cancer based on nationally and locally endorsed treatment guidelines.
  • Discuss any clinical trials which may be available to you.
  • Schedule consultations for you and your family with appropriate specialists as needed.
  • Provide information and literature relative to your specific diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

How much does it cost to use this service?

This service is offered at no cost to you and your family.

How do I contact the Clinical Patient Navigator?

The Clinical Patient Navigator is accessible by telephone or one-on-one consultation. Please call 1-844-504-9680 for more information.

Cancer Institute Clinical Patient Navigators:

Lower Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator

Leslie Foreman, R.N., BSN, OCN
Phone: (207) 396-8055

Gynecologic Clinical Patient Navigator

Michelle Freers, R.N., BSN, OCN
Phone: (207) 396-8767

Brain Tumor Clinical Patient Navigator

Sarah Vreeland, R.N., M.S.
Phone: (207) 662-1112

Thoracic Clinical Patient Navigator

Stephanie Carpenito, R.N., BSN, OCN
Phone: (207) 396-8361

Genitourinary Nurse Navigator

Tracy Robbins, R.N., M.S., OCN, CCRP
Phone: (207) 396-8439

Breast Clinical Patient Navigator

Cynthia Stevens, R.N., BSN, OCN
Phone: (207) 396-7891

Upper Gastrointestinal Clinical Patient Navigator

Gina Z. Blaszyk, R.N., BSN, OCN, CHPN
Phone: (207) 662-1951

Supportive Services

We know that patients treated in a caring and supportive environment respond more successfully to treatment. This is why the Cancer Institute offers comprehensive services to help patients and their families deal with the impact of cancer.

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There are physical, emotional, and practical concerns associated with a cancer diagnosis and its treatment. These issues and concerns can develop while receiving active treatment, immediately following treatment, or years later.

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