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Cancer Institute (Oncology)

Patient Navigator

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason now offers an innovative patient-assistance program called the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator. This new service is a collaboration with the oncology social workers and complements Virginia Mason's full range of cancer-care services, which helps link patients to vital cancer-related resources.

What is a Patient Navigator?
The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator is a professional dedicated to helping cancer patients, families and caregivers navigate the many systems needed during diagnosis and treatment. 

Shannon Turner, MPH, RD, Virginia Mason Patient Navigator
 Shannon Turner, MPH, RD
Shannon Turner, MPH, RD, Patient Navigator
Shannon Turner has been working in health promotion for the past 10 years. She earned her MPH from the University of Washington in 2006 and previously worked as a registered dietitian (RD). Her job history includes working as a collaborator on culture-specific health projects, dietetics in acute care, outpatient nutrition counseling and community health. She enjoys meeting with patients focusing on an improved quality of life.  

Benefits of This Service

The Patient Navigator is available to:

  • Provide information and materials on coping with illness and treatment
  • Refer patients to support groups, classes and/or community resources, as appropriate
  • Help patients find resources for financial assistance, medication needs, home-health care, transportation and other concerns
  • Identify activities that will help patients achieve better quality of life
  • Listen and help cancer survivors learn to self-navigate

Patients, families and caregivers can set up appointments directly with the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator. Contact Shannon by calling (206) 223-6954, option 3.

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