Care Team

Your cancer treatment may involve several types of health care professionals who, with you, form the cancer care team. The multidisciplinary cancer care teams at Hawaii Pacific Health Cancer Centers include:

 

Physicians

Oncologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers through chemotherapy, targeted therapies and other treatments such as surgery or radiation. They are the ones who will manage cancer treatment and coordinate with other members of treatment team.

Meet our physicians

 
 

Navigators

Hawaii Pacific Health Cancer Centers: Patient Navigation Program

Finding your way through the health care system can be challenging and overwhelming, especially when faced with a new cancer diagnosis. At Hawaii Pacific Health we believe that you should not have to face this journey alone.

Our dedicated team of patient navigators includes registered nurses, licensed social workers, and certified mammography technologists. These specialized professionals provide individualized education and resources to ensure that you and your loved ones are cared for and supported throughout your cancer journey.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE:

Depending on your individual needs, your navigators may offer some of the following services/resources:

  • • Coordination of care alongside your physician and your healthcare team.
  • • Educational materials/resources regarding your diagnosis/treatment.
  • • Information on/access to clinical trials, genetic counseling, dietary counseling and psychosocial support.
  • • Referrals to support groups, homecare services or other supportive services.
  • • Referrals to American Cancer Society programs (Reach to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better, and Road to Recovery)
  • • Resources for transportation assistance and financial concerns.
  • • Transition of care into our Survivorship Program.

Call Today: 643-HOPE (4673)

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Survivorship

Journey Together: Cancer Survivorship Finding your own path

Cancer survivors face long-term challenges from both the disease and its treatment.

Cancer care doesn’t end when treatment is done. Survivors live with increased risk for a recurrence or development of a new type of cancer. Survivors may also have concerns about long-term emotional issues, physical limitations, or cognitive changes.

The transition from active treatment to survivorship presents an opportunity to assist the patient in achieving optimal long-term health. Health care providers specializing in cancer care can help patients develop a plan to ensure the highest quality health possible.

Hawaii Pacific Health is committed to supporting patients with cancer throughout the continuum of care, from the point of diagnosis, through acute treatment and throughout a lifetime of health.

Hawaii Pacific Health’s cancer navigation and survivorship programs employ specialists who support patients throughout the cancer continuum.

Available services include:

  • • Professional Navigators, who help support patients during cancer treatment
  • • Healing Touch
  • • Massage Therapy
  • • Aromatherapy
  • • Support Groups
  • • Dietician services to help with nutrition
  • • Survivorship Providers, who help patients develop a road map for long-term care

Survivorship Staff includes:

For more information, please contact:

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Palliative Care

Palliative care is a form of specialized medical care that involves specially trained doctors, nurses and other specialists – social workers, case managers, pharmacists, chaplains – whose main focus is providing an extra layer of support to patients and families. The palliative care team offers relief from symptoms, assists with making medical decisions, and provides education, advance care planning and emotional support.

Palliative Care Staff includes: Robin Pacson, NP and Brandy Augustine, NP

To see Palliative Medicine Physicians, visit our Physicians page

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Nutrition

The side effects of cancer treatment often include decreased appetite, weight loss/gain, chewing/swallowing challenges, nausea and food aversions. A certified dietitian or nutritionist helps patients adjust their eating and hydration needs and can answer questions related to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Find healthy recipes on our Healthier Hawaii blog

 
 

Support Groups

Staying connected with others going through a similar situation can bring hope and offer reassurance during this uncertain time. Led by social workers, regular support group meetings are available to cancer patients, cancer survivors, family members, caregivers and those who have lost a loved one.

Visit our Support Groups page

 
 

High Risk Breast

High risk breast specialists help women who are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. They provide services such as breast imaging, nutritional counseling and more.

High Risk Breast Staff includesTerri Imada, NP and Mineko Kaisho, NP