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Navigating Cancer Treatment

A cancer diagnosis can be an intimidating and confusing journey even for a person surrounded by well-meaning loved ones.

Recognizing the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis can have on a person’s life, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano recently added a patient navigator to ensure patients don’t have to face a cancer diagnosis on their own.

“My role is to help ease the complexity of the cancer journey for the patient, family members and caregivers. I serve as patient advocate, resource person, educator and facilitator of care,” says Kathy Pratt, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., oncology patient navigator at
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.

We’re pleased to welcome Pratt to the team. She has specialty certification in oncology nursing and offers patients more than 24 years of oncology nursing experience.

She also is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

“Regrettably, I’m not able to change the fact that someone has a suspicious finding or has been diagnosed with cancer.” Pratt says. “What I can do, however, is address — and ease — some of the related challenges, anxieties and burdens they face throughout their cancer journey so that they can focus their energy on the real issue — fighting the cancer.”

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