Navigation For All Types of Cancer 

“Nurses have always supported and guided patients with cancer through difficult times and often complex a licensed cancer navigator, I can be particularly helpful to patients through all stages of diagnosis and treatment. The coordination of care at this time is so important and cancer navigators really know how to speak the language” Cathy Bolan, RNC, CBPN-1, ONC.

When a patient is diagnosed with Breast, Colon, or Lung cancer the Cancer Navigator serves as the main point of contact. A Cancer Navigator assists cancer patients regarding treatment pathways, treatment options and personalized care plans. Navigators also help patients travel through the healthcare system by coordinating the care among providers and increasing the awareness of local resources for patient care. Patients will likely see many different faces throughout diagnosis and treatment. She said her patients are lucky that most of those faces are right there at PRH. The other departments that are part of this program include Medical Imaging, Nutrition Services, Respiratory Therapy, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy and Laboratory Services. The aim is to empower the patient and help them have control over their own healthcare. 

“As a navigator, I help ensure that people are not only well cared for, but that they also feel cared about.” For more information about the PRH Cancer Navigation Program, please contact Cathy Bolan at  (920) 623-6434.

Breast Health

  • To learn more about the Risk Factors for Breast Health as well as how to protect yourself against Breast Cancer, please visit our Breast Health Page

Colon Health

Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

  • If you are age 50 to 75 years old, you should get screened for colorectal cancer.  If you are older than 75 ask your doctor if you should be screened.

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening beginning at age 50. Some groups recommend starting earlier, at age 45.

  • The vast majority of new cases of colorectal cancer (about 90%) occur in people who are 50 or older.

  • Millions of people in the United States are not getting screened as recommended. They are missing the chance to prevent colorectal cancer or find it early when treatment often leads to a cure.

  • If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, learn your family health history and ask your doctor if you should begin screening before age 50.

Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer. The Task Force outlines the following colorectal cancer screening strategies. It is important to know that if your test result is positive or abnormal on some screening tests (stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and CT colonography), a colonoscopy test is needed to complete the screening process. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.

Lung Health

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, causing more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. Results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showed that screening current and former heavy smokers with at least three low-dose CT scans reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.

Risk Factors for Lung Cancer

People with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of lung cancer. Based on the National Lung Screening Trial ­ findings, lung cancer screening is recommended for this group of people:

  • Between the ages of 55 and 80 years
  • Have no history of lung cancer
  • Are current smokers who have smoked at least one pack per day for 30 years or more or are former smokers who have smoked at least one pack per day for 30 years or more but quit fewer than 15 years ago
  • Are not on oxygen
  • Have never undergone lung surgery
  • Have never experienced an unexplained weight loss of more than 15 pounds
  • Have not had a chest CT scan within the past 12 months

Screening means testing for a disease when there are no symptoms. Low-dose CT screening of the chest looks for lung nodules which may be early lung cancer. This offers the best chance of ­ finding lung cancer in its earliest and most curable stages. During the screening, you will lie on a table that passes through the center of the scanner. The screening CT can be performed with a single short breath-hold and takes less than 15 seconds. The procedure is painless. The benefit of finding and treating an early lung cancer far outweighs the risk. The amount of radiation exposure from CT lung cancer screening is about the same as a person would receive from background radiation (such as sun exposure) over a period of one year. A radiologist will interpret your screening chest CT and either recommend a one-year follow-up or further testing. Results are sent to your physician. You will also receive a follow-up call from the lung patient navigator. You will also receive a letter telling you if your test was normal or if you need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you believe you are a candidate for this screening please call our Cancer Nurse Navigator at 920.623.6434.

Hear from just a few survivors on their experience! Darlene Marks 

Cancer Support Group

Prairie Ridge Health provides Cancer support groups for people with cancer and those touched by the disease. A lot of people receive support from friends and family. Research has shown through support groups ones quality of life and survival rate increase as a result of being able to relate to others with similar cancer experiences. For a complete schedule of when the Support Group meets, please click:
 Cancer Support Group : View the Updated Cancer Support Group Schedule

Prosthesis & Bra Program

A personalized fitting for patients who have undergone a mastectomy procedure occurs on a per patient basis. Most insurances covers up to four bras per year and a new prosthesis every two years. Personalized sessions can be made by contacting Cathy Bolan.