RENO, NV - A diagnosis of cancer is bad enough, but working your way through treatment, surgeries and hospital bills can make a bad situation worse. A nurse navigator can help.
Hot August Nights is less than a month away. But Carolyn Evans can't wait to get her classic cars out of the garage and into the sun.
The 1972 Corvette and the 66 Mustang are her pride and joy...
But just a year ago her thoughts weren't on getting behind the wheel of the car....instead it was getting a cancer diagnosis behind her...
She got the news after a breast biopsy.
“She took my hand an said I'm Bobbi Gilles. I'm here with you at the beginning to the end and with that I had a pretty good feeling they already knew,” says Carolyn.
Bobbi Gilles is called a nurse navigator. Here at the Renown Institute for Cancer she helps cancer patients from their initial diagnosis-to treatment-and recovery 24-hours a day seven days a week.
“Cancer is a pretty scary word. They want to know how am I going to do. What might the doctor say, what stage am I, what is this going to be like, what is the surgery going to be like. Am I going to need more treatment,” says Gilles.
There are three other nurse navigators on staff at the Institute for Cancer, who at no cost helps patients here at Renown, but also at other local hospitals who need the kind of support and guidance that cannot come from family, friends, or even a physician.
Carolyn says Bobbi helped her get over a rough patch in her life, and these days she can focus on her cars...instead of cancer.
“Oh we are gong to drive, yes, absolutely,” says Carolyn.