My Cancer Navigator
We help you find your way in the maze of medical information.
When you are diagnosed with cancer you find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster. You are full of questions and it becomes difficult to keep your head and stay calm. But you are still required to make decisions. My Cancer Navigator helps you to chart the questions that you still need answers to.
What is the most appropriate treatment? What options are available to you? Which hospital to go to? Where can you find reliable information? Is it worthwhile finding a doctor for a second opinion? Can you join an experimental study? Getting answers to all your questions is a whole job in itself. My Cancer Navigator helps you to understand and process the information that’s relevant to you.
Your body, your life. You have the right to make your own decisions when it comes to the treatment you receive, in consultation with your doctor. When you have cancer, your instinct may be to do something about it as soon as possible and not to waste any time. Or maybe on the opposite you want to tackle the issue at your own pace, step by step. My Cancer Navigator provides you with scientific information so that you can make well-considered and informed decisions.
So how does it work?
During a conversation over the phone, a doctor of My Cancer Navigator will ask you about your exact situation and what your questions and concerns are. Our team of scientists and doctors will study your medical records and do whatever research is necessary to respond to your questions. You will receive a customised summary written in language you can understand. Our doctor will go through all the details with you during a meeting in person, allowing you to be properly informed when it comes to making important and crucial decisions.
“I have received top coaching. Neither time nor effort were spared by Dr. Kuijten. Without her guidance, understanding and direct approach, I would not have been able to process my cancer in this way. For my wife too, the pleasant and expert explanations were a much appreciated support in the acceptance of my illness.”
What we offer
Just a few examples of what we can offer:
- We identify relevant scientific information on your condition.
- We properly explain the various options for treatment.
- We discuss your medical results.
- We check whether clinical studies exist that you might be eligible for.
- Together we prepare the questions you wish to ask your doctor.
- And much, much more.
What we DON'T offer
My Cancer Navigator cannot cure your disease, but we can offer you guidance, giving you confidence that you will have all the information you require and that you properly understand everything you wish to know.
My Cancer Navigator does not give a second opinion or medical advice, nor does it deal with practical issues such as insurance, homecare, transport, etc.
If you would like to get in touch with us, send us a brief description of your medical condition and your concerns, and please add your telephone number. Our doctor will then get in touch.
If you are seeking support for a family member or friend, we can provide it, subject to receiving consent from that person. The parents of underage children with cancer can also approach us for support. All information is treated with utmost confidence.
My Cancer Navigator is a free service for cancer patients treated in Belgium. The service is an initiative of the Anticancer Fund and Dr Gabry Kuijten, who also coordinates it.
We can offer this service to patients thanks to donations. We are seeking partners and financial backing to sustainably expand My Cancer Navigator. At present this service for cancer patients can be continued thanks to a performance by the musical act Bazart during the Warmste Week 2018 fundraising event and a donation from the company Jolipa.
Every donation to the Anticancer Fund is greatly appreciated. For further information, please continue here.
My Cancer Navigator provides neither a second opinion nor medical advice.
The service helps patients to navigate through the medical labyrinth of information so that they can better understand the disease and its treatment, allowing each individual to make informed decisions together with their doctor.
The Anticancer Fund
The Anticancer Fund is an international research fund for cancer treatments that examines all promising research avenues, regardless of complexity, costs or revenues. The Anticancer Fund has extensive expertise in cancer treatments and makes it available to patients with questions, free of charge. Read more about the fund here.