Young women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45 face unique physical and psychosocial challenges. These concerns, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, can have a significant impact on patients’ emotional well-being. It is important for lay navigators, community-based navigators, and other healthcare providers to be prepared to address their young breast cancer patients’ concerns.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the National Navigation Roundtable (NNRT) hosted an hour-long webinar to learn more about the unique needs of young breast cancer patients and how to support your patients as they navigate breast cancer and emotional health.
Navigators who participate in the program will gain knowledge of:
- Unique issues faced by young women with breast cancer (early stage and metastatic), including the impact of the pandemic
- Emotional topics most frequently voiced as issues of concern by young women with breast cancer
- Signs of emotional health concerns related to breast cancer and the pandemic
- Barriers, including those related to health equity, which may impact the emotional health of young women with breast cancer
- Tools and resources to support the emotional health of young women with breast cancer
Please note: Certificates of participation are available only to providers who joined the live webinar on 9/15/2021.
About our speakers
Zarek Mena, OPN-CG
Zarek Mena, OPN-CG, has 15 years of experience in the field of patient navigation, survivorship viewpoint, local navigation network leadership, and is a caregiver at heart. She was instrumental in the creation of the Smilow Family Breast Health Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Physicians affiliation at Whittingham Cancer Center at Nuvance Health, including its numerous support programs. She currently serves as Women’s Health Program Manager bringing the Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers accreditation standards to the next level.Read full bio
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, has more than 25 years of social work experience and now serves as manager of the Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The program serves several hundred women with diverse backgrounds each year from across the greater Philadelphia area. Ms. Vaughan-Briggs provides vital navigation and psychosocial support to these women and men throughout their course of treatment.Read full bio
The program was provided in partnership with:
The National Navigation Roundtable (NNRT), launched in 2017, is a national coalition of over 50 member organizations and invited individuals, dedicated to achieving health equity and access to quality care across the cancer continuum through effective patient navigation. https://navigationroundtable.org/
This webinar was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1 NU58DP006672, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
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