Meet UC Health’s Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis for the first time often elicits feelings of anxiety and uncertainty: How advanced is the disease? What is my course of treatment? What will my life look like in the coming months?

That’s when Anndee Meyer, RN, steps in to ease these concerns.

“I get a lot of patients who are very, very grateful for the guidance that I provide as a nurse navigator,” said Anndee, who is certification in oncology and navigation.

Anndee is the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute’s breast cancer nurse navigator. She fully dedicates her work to guiding patients through their medical journey and beyond. She is a familiar face and a trusted counsel by every patient’s side, available to answer questions and refer them to additional resources, from wig-fitting to onco-fertility to physical therapy.

“I will follow them through all the disciplines—surgery, radiation and medical oncology—into survivorship,” she said. “I’m the one person that keeps track of them from start to finish.”

Anndee stands alongside patients during three key medical appointments, beginning at the patient’s very first appointment with a surgeon. Then, it’s up to the patient how involved and in-touch they would like their navigator to be.

Regardless of her level of direct involvement, Anndee is always tracking her patients’ appointments—scheduling follow-ups several steps ahead to ensure there are no gaps or lags in care.

Timeliness is just one of the standards Anndee helps ensure the Breast Cancer Center meets. Not only are they important, they are required.

The UC Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Center is the only in the Tristate and in all of Ohio, as well as one of only 18 in the country, to hold a triple accreditation in breast cancer care.

The center holds the following accreditations: National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™; American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers; and the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

In order to meet and maintain these titles, the Breast Cancer Center must follow and show proof of dozens of rigorous requirements, all centered around patient care.

Patients know when they come to the UC Cancer Institute that they will receive only the best care and treatment available.

“It holds us to a higher standard in making sure our patients get thorough, accurate, timely and excellent care,” Anndee says.

To schedule an appointment at the Breast Cancer Center, call 513-475-8500. For mammograms, call 513-584-PINK (7465). To schedule an appointment at the High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic to find out your risk, call 513-584-RISK (7475).

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