Hyles started chemotherapy in January 2018 and completed the treatment in July. A follow-up CT scan determined she didn’t need radiation therapy, and she was deemed cancer free in August of last year.
Kristi Kipe, a nurse navigator with Tidelands Health Oncology, guided Hyles through her treatment, helping her and her family to know what to expect.
Every patient that receives cancer care through Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, our region’s most comprehensive provider of cancer care, is eligible to benefit from the support of the health system’s nurse navigators.
“We sit down with the patient and their family members and go over their chemotherapy regimen in detail. We give them educational hand-outs and discuss things like side effect management, nutrition and what to expect during treatment,” Kipe says.
Tidelands Health nurse navigators also serve as contact points for patients. They field questions or concerns about treatment, and they connect patients with community resources if needed.