University of Kentucky

Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigation Network

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium began convening a small group of partners around the topic of Survivorship and Patient Navigation in the Spring of 2009. This group evolved into the KCC Survivorship and Patient Navigation Team, providing a state-level forum for networking and sharing among organizations that have a statewide or multi-regional impact in Kentucky. The organizations identify and discuss gaps in addressing issues surrounding survivorship and patient navigation in Kentucky and look toward potential collaborations to address those gaps. The Team works to achieve the Cancer Action Plan goal of "Promoting the overall health of Kentucky cancer survivors from diagnosis onward, to increase quality of life." Working together, they developed measurable objectives for the CAP in an effort to better identify survivorship needs, as well as adequately measure KY's progress.

The Team is currently focusing solely on cancer patient navigation throughout the cancer continuum, and have formed a cancer patient navigation network of professionals in Kentucky. The Team has conducted two statewide Forums, providing a neutral venue for over 100 cancer patient navigation professionals from a variety of settings to gather to share best practices, highlight helpful resources, network with like-minded colleagues, and consider development of a network for future collaborations. KCC's Inaugural Cancer Patient Navigators Fall Forum was held on November 8, 2012 at the University of Kentucky's Boone Center in Lexington. View archived presentations from the day. The 2nd Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigators' Fall Forum was held on October 30, 2014 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. View presentations and handouts below. See Forum evaluation results here.

Catalyzed by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer Patient Navigation Program Standards to go into effect January 2015, the Survivorship and Patient Navigation Team conducted a statewide survey of cancer navigation professionals. The survey sought to gather a list of "essential" cancer patient navigation data metrics -- what kind of information are they using to tracking their patients? What outcomes do their organizations see as important? These data items span the entire spectrum of the cancer continuum, and have provided guidance to new and developing cancer patient navigation programs as they decide what data to gather -- and why. Read the Cancer Patient Navigators Data Metrics Survey and Snapshot.

Handouts, resources and presentations from the 2nd Kentucky Cancer Patient Navigators' Fall Forum held October 30, 2014 at the Kentucky Historical Society.


Educational/Resource Opportunities

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Cancer Survivorship Program's webpage at Find fact sheets, e-cards, research updates and more.

To find fact sheets, e-cards, research updates and more, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Cancer Survivorship Program's webpage.

Survivorship/Patient Navigation Team Documents -- Members Only

Visit Google Docs to view and edit shared documents.

For more information about Survivorship Team, contact Katie Bathje at 859-323-3534 or


Next KCC Lung Cancer Network meeting

Monday, June 19th from 11 am - 1 pm EST at the Foundation for a Healthy KY Offices, 1640 Lyndon Farm Ct., #100, Louisville, KY 40223. Please email Jennifer Knight for more information and to RSVP.

Lung Cancer Stigma: Changing the Conversation Around a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Join us as we recognize the impact of stigma on lung cancer survivors and their loved ones and discuss strategies for dealing with stigma.

Date: May 23, 2017

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30 pm EST

To Register:

Key Speakers: Jamie Studts, PhD(KY LEADS) & Angela Criswell, MA (Lung Cancer Alliance)

Webinar Link:

Next KCC Meeting

The next KCC meeting will be held:

Date/time: Tuesday, July 11th 1-2:30 pm EST
Topic: What did Dr. Brawley just say? The Role of Shared Decision Making in Cancer Screening.
Location: Webinar, exact details to come

Pathfinders: The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP)

BOTH KCP-East & KCP-West-has launched an easy-to-use online tool with the capacity to search for cancer resources in local communities, counties, the state, & across the nation. For more information about Pathfinder and the Kentucky Cancer Program visit Kentucky Cancer Program, or contact the KCP Regional Cancer Control Specialist serving that area.