UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center

Oncology Navigation Team

The Oncology Navigation Team at John Stoddard Cancer Center is staffed by five oncology certified nurses and one MSW who have an understanding both of the technical aspects of cancer and the emotional aspects of the journey. Together with members of the multidisciplinary care team, the oncology nurse navigators help bridge and connect patients and their families with resources within the cancer center, at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and in the community as a whole. Their goal is to educate and support patients and families throughout the cancer journey.

Other Oncology Nurse Navigator Services Provided:

  • Facilitating the Stoddard Survivorship Program 
  • Facilitating a multidisciplinary team of cancer physicians, nurses, dieticians, counselors and social workers
  • Raising public awareness about cancer
  • Facilitating cancer education classes

The Oncology Navigation Team is available to all patients of John Stoddard Cancer Center and is available at no cost to the patient. It is funded through private donations and represents Stoddard's commitment to providing comprehensive care to its patients. In addition to providing services relating to treatment, the group also places an emphasis on planning for life after treatment, including self-care, nutrition, fitness and emotional matters.