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Nurse navigator streamlines breast cancer treatment

VANCOUVER(NEWS1130)- She fulfills a unique new role in helping breast cancer patients move through an often daunting health care system.

Imelda Villeneuve is a Nurse Navigator at Mt St Joseph Hospital who has a first hand understanding of what her patients are going through.

She works at the hospital’s Rapid Access Breast Clinic, and links patients to emotional support, streamlines appointments and is a hand to hold during the emotional diagnosis process. She has special training in breast surgery, mammography screening and breast cancer diagnostic testing.

In essence, Villeneuve wraps up the whole, daunting process for patients.

Having battled cancer, she’s also an inspiration. “I’m a survivor of 17 years. They see me with lots of energy.”

Mt St Joseph was the first BC hospital to have a patient navigation system for breast cancer diagnosis.

Another has just opened at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

A fundraising closeout sale for the Rapid Access Breast Clinic in Vancouver will take place at Sandra Sung Bridal at 863 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. Friday, June 24, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The sale through Tapestry Foundation for Health Care will involve a complete liquidation of stock including wedding dresses, accessories, fabric, furniture, hangers, mannequins, etc.