Personalized Support and Navigation Program

ENSURING PATIENTS AND CARE PARTNERS RECEIVE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION, SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

NBTS Patient Navigator is a medical professional who responds to outreach from brain tumor patients and care partners with quality, unbiased information, resources, support programs and services, and assists in meeting other brain tumor-related needs of patients and care partners.

While NBTS does not provide medical advice, through the Personalized Support and Navigation program we want our community members to feel empowered with key tools, information and opportunities for their brain tumor journey while being able to make more informed decisions about their care.

To connect with our patient navigator, email patientnavigator@braintumor.org.

GETTING TO KNOW NBTS NEW PATIENT NAVIGATOR
MARY LOVELY, PhD, RN, CNRN

Mary Lovely, PhD, RN, CNRN joins NBTS with over 30 years of experience working closely with brain tumor patients and families as a neurological nurse, clinical nurse specialist and research nurse. In non-profit organizations, Mary has provided direct patient support, created and revised educational materials and organized patient/family conferences. She has continually optimized approaches for patients and families to cope with brain tumor effects.

Mary co-facilitates the San Francisco Brain Tumor Support Group and is a Special Advisor to the International Brain Tumor Association. She is on the Advisory Board and is an active volunteer for the Milton Marks Neuro Oncology Family Camp and also serves on the Brain Malignancy Steering Committee as a patient advocate. Mary has also consulted with biotech companies conducting clinical trials, communicating with patients and families and providing input on patient-oriented issues.

Mary’s philosophy as a patient navigator

“Brain tumor patients, their caregivers and loved ones deserve to figure out how to manage this disease and how they can live their lives to the fullest. They also need someone to listen to them and respect how they approach their disease. I consider a person with a brain tumor and their loved ones in the quality of life context of physical, mental, social and spiritual beings. I believe that brain tumor patients and their loved ones should not be isolated, and that they benefit from connecting with others. In addition, I believe there is hope to be found no matter what stage of this disease.”

To reach out to our personalized support and navigation program, email patientnavigator@braintumor.org.