Cancer Navigators

Our cancer navigators at Franciscan Cancer Center have specialized training and experience with cancer care. As registered nurses, these individuals work closely with patients and their loved ones, along with each patient's medical team. They help educate patients about their disease and what to expect from treatment, in addition to reviewing treatment plans and answering medical questions and concerns. For patients interested in clinical trials, cancer navigators can answer related questions and review a patient's eligibility with his or her doctors.

The role of a cancer navigator:

  • a central point of contact for patients and families and the health care team
  • improves patient preparedness for treatment by providing education and psychological support for both the patient and family
  • an advocate for the patient by presenting concerns and needs to the health care team
  • collaborates with members of the health care team to facilitate a coordinated approach to the patient’s plan of care
  • initiates referrals for additional support, such as social services, nutrition counseling and many other community resources

The process

As soon as a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the cancer navigator will get in touch and start working with the patient to understand his or her individual needs. This information will then be taken into account by the care team as they develop the treatment plan, including surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. The cancer navigator will also be available throughout the process to help interpret medical terminology, listen to concerns, answer questions, offer counsel, and work with the patient to schedule appointments with various specialists.

Meet our cancer navigators

Susan Nixon ThumbSusan Nixon, RN, MN, OCN, CBCN
Breast cancer navigator

Phone: 253-426-4815
Pager: 253-426-0489
E-mail: susannixon@fhshealth.org
Outpatient Oncology/Infusion Center
St. Joseph Outpatient Center
1617 S. J St., Tacoma

Jenna BerryJenna Berry, RN, MN, OCN
Cancer navigator

Phone: 253-530-2642
Pager: 253-416-1299
E-mail: jennaberry@FHShealth.org
Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center
11511 Canterwood Blvd. N.W., Gig Harbor

Jung LeeJung Lee, RN, BSN, OCN
Gynecologic Oncology navigator

Phone: 253-426-4616
E-mail: junglee@fhshealth.org
Outpatient Oncology/Infusion Center
St. Joseph Outpatient Center
1617 S. J St., Tacoma

Toni BlackToni Black, RN, BSN, OCN
Cancer navigator

Phone: 206-901-8584
E-mail: tblack@highlinemedical.org
Highline Cancer Center
16233 Sylvester Road S.W., Suite 110, Burien