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Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and confusing for both the patient and the patient's family.

To help address those concerns, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has a breast cancer nurse navigator on staff. In her nurse navigator role, Andrea Briefs-Ferris, RN MHSA, CHPN serves as a personal advocate for breast cancer patients and assists both patients and their family members with various resource needs.  The nurse navigator's responsibilities include:

  • Supporting patients through their cancer treatment journey-including providing emotional support
  • Helping to coordinate care, including coordinating appointments
  • Providing education about both diagnosis and treatment and how to handle side effects of treatment
  • Providing information so that patients can make informed decisions about their care
  • Furnishing both hospital and community resources
  • Supporting physicians and their office staff members in the comprehensive care of breast cancer patients, including consultation regarding resources and services
  • Facilitating community outreach efforts

Briefs-Ferris also leads a Breast Cancer Support Group for breast cancer patients and survivors that meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Alice Gustafson Center on the hospital campus.  The support group offers attendees an opportunity to:

  • Address their mind, body and spiritual needs
  • Share their experiences with others
  • Get answers to common questions
  • Share some humor/laughter
  • Support each other

To contact Briefs-Ferris regarding her breast cancer nurse navigator services or to sign up to attend a support group meeting, please call (248) 858-3962.

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