Cancer Navigation Services
Volunteering is a rich, rewarding opportunity and we are always
looking to expand our group of talented navigators. Volunteer
Navigators are the heart of Stanford Cancer Navigation Services,
serving as ambassadors for the Stanford Cancer Center. They work
directly with patients to provide them with the highest quality
hospitality and service.
The responsibilities of a volunteer navigator are to:
- Assist patients, families, and caregivers with questions and
direct them to the proper resources.
- Guide and escort
patients to appointments or the main hospital.
- Visit with
patients and provide hospitality in the Clinics, the Infusion
Treatment Area, and Radiation Treatment.
- Help at the
Welcome Desk on occasion to answer phones and distribute
- Interact with staff to determine patient
- Share information with patients and families about the
free classes and the support groups offered through our Cancer
Supportive Care Program.
To join our team, interested persons:
- Participate in an orientation.
- Go through a brief
health clearance (at no cost).
- Commit to a minimum of one
three-hour shift per week for at least six months. Available shifts
are 8-11 am, 11 am-2 pm, and 2-5 pm, Monday-Friday.
Also, as going through cancer treatment can be an emotional process,
we do require that volunteers be at least one year out of cancer
treatment (either their own or a loved one's) prior to participating
in the program.
For more information on volunteering at the Stanford Cancer Center,
please visit our Volunteer
Resources Department and sign up for an orientation.
The Patient Treatment Organizer helps newly diagnosed cancer patients
manage the information they receive during their treatment. By using
the organizer regularly and bringing it to appointments, you can keep
track of any questions you have, information from your physicians, and
a log of any other notes that you find helpful.
The Organizer is broken down into sections:
Treatment: Schedule for treatments, a list for your
medications, and commonly used medical terms and their
Calendar: Easy system for keeping track of appointments and
Journal: Pages to log questions for your medical team or keep
Records: Space for materials given to you about diagnosis and
Resources: List of terms, Cancer Supportive Care Program
calendar, Helen Salzman Boutique, Guest Services Handbook, and a
business card holder.
The Organizer is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). If you require any
additional information, such as maps of the hospital, campus, roads,
or the schedule for the free Stanford University Marguerite Shuttle, please
ask us for copies at the Welcome Desk and we will be happy to provide
them for you.
You may request your copy of the Organizer at the Welcome Desk in
the Cancer Center.