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Cancer Navigators

Helping patients survive and thrive

A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing experience for patients, their families and their caregivers, but, fortunately, they don’t have to go through it alone. With WellStar West Georgia Medical Center’s Cancer Care Navigator Program, patients will have a helping hand through every step of their journey.

Available through the program are:

  • Patient Advocator and team member.
  • Coordinator of patient care.
  • Liaison between physicians, providers and family members.
  • Educator for patients, family members and staff.
  • Problem solver.
  • Resource coordinator.
  • Reference to programs and specialized clinical.
  • Services such as financial assistance, social workers and nutritionists.
  • Assisting patients in communicating with friends and family and in educating them on their disease process and treatment options.
  • Coordinating care to promote effective, timely and compassionate treatment.
  • Directing patients to resources on clinical trials, complementary therapy treatments, support groups, services and special classes to enhance patients’ outcomes and quality of life.
  • Obtaining adaptive devices such as, walkers, wheel chairs, oxygen, wigs, prosthesis, etc.

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Wanda Lowe, RN, Cancer Care Navigator

Wanda Lowe, RN

Wanda Lowe, RN, is the Cancer Care Navigator for WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Lowe is not only a nurse with 37 years of experience, but also a 10-year survivor experienced in oncology nursing. She is a passionate patient advocate for all people living with cancer and is involved in a number of cancer-related causes. She has worked in the medical tent at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and is a founding member of the breast cancer support group Breast Friends for Life.

She was named West Georgia Medical Center's Employee of the Year in 2002 and was a finalist for Georgia Nurse of the Year in 2003. Wanda is a member of the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia as well as the National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators. She also serves on the board of the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition.

Lowe can help provide patients with the support and information they need during this difficult time.

A cancer diagnosis changes a patient’s world in an instant, and it’s not just the patient who is affected — it’s the entire family, friends and loved ones. I am here to help our patients every step of the way through the cancer treatment process.

Lori McClung, RN, Lung Cancer Navigator

Lori McClung, RN, Lung Cancer Navigator

Lori McClung, WellStar West Georgia Medical Center's lung cancer navigator, began her career at WGMC in 1981 as a pharmacy technician before switching to nursing in 1983, working as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Outpatient Surgery, Radiology, Endoscopy and Radiation Oncology. McClung is a Sims scholar graduate of the LaGrange College School of Nursing.

I love patient contact and care. In this role, I am able to establish a relationship with the patients because we see them every day. By the time the patients are finished with their treatment they feel like family to us. I knew early on that I wanted to be a nurse. I have a strong faith in God and a desire to help people. I often find myself being inspired by our patients who exhibit such wonderful spirit while going through a difficult time.