Oncology nurses are an important part of the oncofertility health care team. They combine their knowledge, technical skills, and compassion to help people living with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey—from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care.
The roles of oncology nurses are diverse; they can work in many settings and have roles as practitioners, educators, managers, or scientists. Often, oncology nurses act as the patient's care planner- or patient navigator- and drive his or her overall care by coordinating the health care team.
Oncology nurses are helping you at all times- before, during, and after treatment. They are your advocate, educator, source of support, and an integral part of health care delivery. Your oncology nurse is focused less on the disease, and more on you and how you respond to the illness and the treatment. Examples of the direct care they may provide to you, include:
- manage your symptoms
- support you and your family
- teach you coping strategies
- coordinate your care within the multidisciplinary team
- assess your knowledge and understanding of your disease and treatment plan
- translate complex medical information and answer your questions
- monitor your lab results
- help you prepare for survivorship
- provide coaching on living a healthy lifestyle
Your oncology nurse may be a good person to begin the discussion of how your treatment may affect your future fertility and available fertilty preservation options.
If you have a specific fertility-related question or would like a referal for a fertility preservation consultation, call the Oncofertility Consortium® FERTline at 312-503-FERT or 866-708-FERT to speak with a patient navigator.