Cancer Patient Navigator

A cancer diagnosis comes with many unanswered questions and concerns. Each cancer journey is personal and unique and Roper St. Francis is here to guide you during every stage of your diagnosis and treatment. Our program provides a patient navigator for every patient to serve as their central point during their treatment. Oncology Nurse Navigators are in place immediately after diagnosis to provide patients with emotional support, education and guidance. We encourage patients to contact us soon after they learn they have cancer so we can connect them with a navigator.

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What we do

How your Oncology Nurse Navigator can help
Our nurse navigators work directly with the patient and family to develop a program of support that is designed to meet their specific needs. The navigators are able to:

  • Provide information and support at the time of a new diagnosis, recurrence or end of life.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable clinical resource on many issues, including symptom management and family support needs.
  • Be a familiar, consistent source of support between treatment settings (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, doctor’s office, hospital, clinic)

Is there a cost for the program?
The Oncology Nurse Navigator Programs is completely free of charge.

Get started with a navigator
You may self-refer into the Oncology Nurse Navigator Program. To contact a nurse navigator to get started or for more information about the program call (843) 724-2747.

Patient Navigators

Shelley Usher

Shelley Usher, MSN, RN, CBCN
Breast and Neuro Clinical Nurse Navigator

Shelley has extensive oncology experience with an emphasis on women’s cancers. She has worked with cancer patients in both the inpatient and office setting. She serves as centralized point of contact for her patients. She is available to explain a diagnosis or treatment more thoroughly. Shelley believes in the power of education when it comes to managing a cancer diagnosis.

She is also the Manager of the Donna Fielding Cancer Wellness Institute Program. She oversees the Cancer Support Services team, which includes Oncology Clinical Nurse Navigators, Community Outreach Patient Navigator, Survivorship Coordinator, Licensed Social Worker, Exercise Specialist and Massage Therapist.

Shelley received her BSN from Clemson University and her master’s in nursing administration from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Breast Care Nurse.

Elizabeth Strojny

Elizabeth Strojny RN, MSN, OCN
Lung and Esophageal Nurse Navigator 

Elizabeth has over 20 years of oncology experience working inpatient, outpatient, research, infusion and multiple areas of patient navigation. She earned an advanced nursing degree in leadership and management and maintains her oncology nurse certification. Elizabeth has worked with patients throughout diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. In her current role, she leads and coordinates the Lung Cancer Screening program and is certified in Chemotherapy/Immunotherapy administration.

She received her MSN in Leadership in Management in 2009 from Walden University

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