Have an advocate on your side from day one.

As a new patient at Astera Cancer Care, you’ll be introduced to your Patient Navigator, the person who will help you throughout your cancer journey. Patient Navigators are Licensed Practice Nurses who are specially trained to care for you while you receive treatment for your cancer diagnosis.

Feel at ease with a Patient Navigator on your team.

Patient Navigators help you “navigate” through your cancer journey: assisting with appointments, questions, and support services. They are liaisons between you and your healthcare team, so you can depend on them to help get you the answers you need. They also work with caregivers and loved ones.

Get help and support when you need it.

Patient Navigators:

  • Act as the liaison between you and your multidisciplinary team, including your oncologist
  • Communicate to your health care providers any questions or concerns
  • Relay important information regarding your treatment and results
  • Coordinate tests, procedures, or other appointments 
  • Assist with resources or services that can help you further

Benefit from your Patient Navigator’s care, too.

As LPN’s, our Astera Cancer Care Patient Navigators understand the emotional journey of cancer care. They’re skilled in compassion and passionate about what they do. They’re also incredibly motivated. They get things done for you, responsibility and respectfully, all with the goal to lessen stress and make your journey easier.

“We’re part of your support system. You’re not alone. We’ll help you navigate through everything. And with us, no question is a silly one, so don’t hesitate to reach out.” 

-Amita B. Patel, AOCNP, NP-C, Director of the Patient Navigator program

Meet our Patient Navigators.

Melissa Cruz

Linda Inigo

Daynalda Ramirez

Beginning a relationship: your first call.

On your first call with your Patient Navigator, you’ll talk more about:

  • What we do
  • Why we’re here 
  • And what to expect

How can I contact a Patient Navigator?

A Patient Navigator is available at each of our locations. Ask your physician for more information.

Congratulations to our Patient Navigator team! 2020 ONA Awards Runner Up in the Outstanding Oncology Navigation Program category.

Group photo of the Patient Navigators