Cancer and High Risk Specialty Patient Navigation

Patient navigators specialize in motivational interviewing and in addressing the patient’s specific barriers to care. The navigators provide reminders, health education, support and even accompaniment, if needed, to ensure that patients get the care they need.


The Cancer and Specialty Patient Navigation Program, based at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, strives to improve access to Cancer and Specialty care for vulnerable or high risk patients. The navigators work with patients who need breast, cervical, colon and other cancer  screening and help them through the cancer screening process at MGH. They help vulnerable patients who are referred to urgent follow up care at any MGH specialty or imaging department, and aid them in the coordination and completion of appointments. In addition, the navigators work with patients with abnormal findings and cancer diagnoses and help decrease barriers to timely follow-up care.

About this Program

Studies at MGH Chelsea have found that navigation helps to decrease disparities in cervical cancer, breast and colon cancer screening rates.





  • Creating hope and inspiring action - 6/5/2015, Mass General

    On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

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