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 more thoroughly explain a diagnosis or treatment. Shelley believes in the power of education when it comes to managing a cancer diagnosis.

Elizabeth Strojny

Elizabeth Strojny RN, MSN, OCN
Lung and Esophageal Nurse Navigator 
Elizabeth earned an advanced nursing degree and is certified in oncology and chemotherapy/biotherapy administration. She has extensive experience in the oncology patient care setting including inpatient, outpatient and research. For our lung and esophageal cancer patients Elizabeth is a consistent point of contact that is available throughout every stage of the cancer journey.

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