Our nurses can help you:

  • understand and respond to a new diagnosis
  • find the best providers and second opinions
  • research treatment options
  • identify gaps in treatment
  • ask the right questions and understand the answers
  • prepare for and recover from surgery
  • navigate cancer treatment and reduce risk of recurrence
  • locate clinical research trials
  • coordinate the care of an aging parent
  • improve patient-provider communication
  • optimize health in chronic and autoimmune disease
  • think outside the box with a Functional/Integrative approach
  • make complex health care decisions
  • become a partner in your own health care

What’s different about a private patient advocate?

…You might ask the question, “If I can be assigned a “free” navigator in the hospital or cancer center, then why would I hire a private patient advocate?”

Most institutional advocates are there to help a patient through the already-prescribed route, the one determined for the patient by the doctor.

That is NOT the same as the service provided by a private, independent advocate.  An independent advocate doesn’t even accept a diagnosis to begin with, unless a second, confirming opinion has already been rendered.  An independent advocate makes sure a client understands ALL his or her treatment options. An independent advocate speaks up and bucks the system when necessary on behalf of her client.  An independent advocate is beholden only to his or her client — and not the hospital, or cancer center, or any other part of the system.

Or — another way to look at it…  If you were arrested for committing a crime you didn’t commit, who would you want to represent you:  the FREE court appointed lawyer? Or the independent, turn-over-every rock lawyer whose only reason for existence was to make sure you weren’t found guilty?

I rest my case.

—Trisha Torrey, Every Patient’s Advocate
Founder: the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates