Remember, your Johns Hopkins oncology nurse navigator can answer your questions about screenings and early detection, prevention, and managing known cancer risk factors. Here’s how Work Stride helped one employee:
“Like most women, an annual mammogram is just something we do but do not really expect to get “bad news”. Thus, when you’re told that you need a biopsy, the stress begins. Unlike many other patients, I was fortunate enough to work for an employer that made the Johns Hopkins Work Stride program available to me.
“I’m a fiercely independent person so I started utilizing the program by accessing their website. To begin, I found information on how to choose the right physician and step-by-step descriptions of the biopsy and associated pathology that would be done. When I was given the diagnosis of stage 0 cancer, I was then able to understand the treatment options including access to the NCCN treatment guidelines for patients. This information enabled me to have a most productive discussion with my physician. Because I did have treatment options, I reached out to the Work Stride oncology nurse to discuss my options.
“Following my surgery, the nurse [navigator] was awesome in reviewing the associated risk reduction therapy that my surgeon recommended. This was very important because, unfortunately, the three physicians I talked to had different opinions on my risk reduction treatment. The Work Stride nurse [navigator] was able to get me comfortable with the options and the final decision I made.
“As unlucky as it is to develop breast cancer, I was very lucky that it was stage 0, and most importantly that I had the help and support of Work Stride. Thanks for your expertise in getting me though this difficult time!”
Contact your Work Stride oncology nurse navigator at 844.446.6229 or ManageCancer@jh.edu.