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PNP Background

The overall goal of the Patient Navigation Program (PNP) is to develop effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities by facilitating timely, continuous access to quality, standard cancer care for all Americans.

Patient Navigation for cancer care represents a new approach to providing individualized assistance to patients, survivors, and families. Navigation spans the period from cancer-related abnormal findings through diagnostic tests to completion of cancer treatment. Patient Navigators are trained, culturally sensitive, health care workers who help individuals address patient-access barriers to quality, standard cancer care.

Patient Navigation Concept

What Are Patient Navigators?

Patient Navigation Information

Updated: 07/22/09