Nurse Navigators: Breast Cancer
All the emotion and decisions surrounding a diagnosis of breast cancer can feel overwhelming. UCHealth provides nurse navigators to help you make your way through an individualized course of treatment and what can feel like a bewildering journey.
Brandi Welker, RN, ONC
Brandi Welker, RN, ONC, is the nurse navigator for the Diane O’Connell Thompson Breast Center at the University of Colorado Hospital. Brandi received her associate degree in nursing in 2008 and is obtaining her bachelor’s in nursing through Arizona State University. Brandi started her nursing career as an oncology nurse intern, and since worked as an inpatient medical oncology nurse before spending 5+ years giving chemotherapy. After several years in the oncology setting, Brandi received her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2013. Brandi has now embraced the role of working with newly diagnosed breast-cancer patients, guiding them through the complex maze of breast-cancer treatment from the initial diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
Amber Rae, BSN, RN, CN-BN
Lone Tree Breast Center
Amber Rae joined the UCHealth family in May of 2016. She previously worked as a planning engineer and always enjoyed her work yet always felt something was missing. At the age of 28, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This event put her life on a new trajectory and a fire was lit to pursue a career in nursing, specifically to work with breast cancer patients. Her passion is to try and ease the stress and burdens that come with a new cancer diagnosis through support, education and good old fashioned TLC. Her experience includes working as an inpatient oncology RN, working as a Breast Cancer RN mixing and administering chemotherapy in an outpatient setting and is ecstatic to now be working in her dream role as a Nurse Navigator.
Nurse Navigators: GI Cancer
Receiving news of a cancer diagnosis or recurrence can leave you feeling overwhelmed, fearful, and anxious. That’s why UCHealth provides nurse navigators who offer guidance and direction for dealing with emotions, health issues, and the complexities of working through the health care system.
Julie Banahan – expert coordinator for your GI care
As someone experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, you can rely on the knowledge and expertise of our GI nurse navigator Julie Banahan, RN, BSN, OCN. She coordinates your care with appropriate specialists and helps you find individualized treatment plans that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Treatment plans at UCHealth are tailored to your stage in the disease process and take into account many factors, including:
- Financial concerns
- Coping mechanisms
- Pharmaceutical needs
- Rehabilitation activities
To make your experience go as smoothly as possible, Julie sets priorities for referrals, gathers your medical records and laboratory reports, and schedules appointments on your behalf.
At UCHealth you’ll find the best providers in the nation, clinical trials and advanced research, the latest diagnostic technology, and a nurse navigator who assists you in accessing all these valuable resources.
Contact Julie at 720-848-0201 or GIcancer@uchealth.org