The journey you are about to begin can be confusing and difficult. Your Care Management team will be invaluable in helping you successfully navigate the treatment process. Your team will consist of your physician, care manager, nurse and other experts as needed. Many insurance companies, including Medicare, recognize the importance of care management and are now making it a part of the required services.
To begin, you will be assigned a care manager who will help you prepare for what lies ahead and be with you through the entire treatment process and beyond. Your care manager is a highly skilled registered nurse who will work closely with your physician and other members of your healthcare team to make certain you receive the support and services you require.
The goal of care management is to help you manage your physical, psychosocial and emotional needs as well as act as your primary contact. Care management performs many functions including providing education regarding the problems or side effects commonly experienced throughout treatment while under your physician’s care. Your care manager will assist you with creating and understanding your personalized plan of care and help facilitate communication between your oncologist and other providers.
Meet Your Oncology Dietitian
Jennifer Lafferty, MS, RDN, CSO, LD, FAND
Jennifer earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition from Syracuse University and has been working as a registered dietitian since 2003. Jennifer is a Board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition and a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Jennifer offers evidence-based nutrition recommendations to help manage treatment side effects and support recovery. She also helps navigate the confusion around nutrition and cancer while working with patients to set and reach their nutrition goals. Jennifer enjoys helping patients feel their best — no matter where they are in their journey.
Nutrition support is an integral part of the treatment and recovery plan for our patients and appointments with the dietitian are free of charge.