Meet our Clinical Breast Navigator
Kathé Sadler-Wright, MSN, RN-C, Clinical Breast Navigator
Kathé Sadler-Wright, MSN, RN-C, clinical breast navigator, describes her role as a "GPS" for patients – guiding them and helping them every step of the way.
She puts patients in touch with financial and transportation resources, schedules appointments with physicians, makes appointments for additional testing and more. "When a patient has a cancer diagnosis, there's a lot of moving parts in their treatment that need to be pulled together. Couple that with the fact when a patient gets a diagnosis, they're in shock and don't know what to do next. That's when a navigator becomes helpful."
Working closely with surgeons on staff at Community Medical Center, Kathé follows patients through the process, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. She's involved in developing a patient's survivorship care plan, an interdisciplinary effort involving everyone active with the patient's care. She helps breast cancer survivors with follow-up appointments and educates them on the side effects of treatment. Kathé is also involved with the hospital's Tumor Board – where physicians of different specialties come together to evaluate a patient's case to recommend the best treatment approach.
"Being a patient navigator is very personal for me," she says. "Women battling breast cancer today have a far better outlook than years ago – I find that very rewarding."