When she got a grim prognosis for pancreatic cancer, Karen Bluemke turned to UChicago Medicine for a second opinion. After undergoing chemotherapy and the Whipple surgical procedure, Bluemke and her husband are now finding time for fun at their new oceanfront condo in Florida.
As cancer nurse navigators, Mary Lappe, BSN, RN, OCN, and Tricia Heinlen, BSN, RN, OCN guide their patients through complex care plans using essential knowledge and collaborative skills. With a combined 65 years of experience, they know the calls to make, the team to connect, and the insurance codes to get things done.
By taking a high-cost drug with a low-fat meal — instead of as prescribed, on an empty stomach — prostate cancer patients could decrease the daily dose, prevent digestive issues and cut costs by 75 percent, according to a new study in the March 28, 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO).