NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,413 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- patient advocate
- listen (PAY-shunt AD-vuh-kut)
- A person who helps guide a patient through the healthcare system. This includes help going through the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of a medical condition, such as cancer. A patient advocate helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care. Patient advocates may also help patients set up appointments for doctor visits and medical tests and get financial, legal, and social support. They may also work with insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers, and others who may have an effect on a patient’s healthcare needs. Also called patient navigator.