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, nutritionist 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, we will assign you a care manager, who will help you prepare for what lies ahead. Your care manager is a highly skilled registered nurse who will work closely with your physician and other members of your team to make certain you receive the support and services you require. Your personal care manager will be with you through the entire treatment process and beyond.
The goal of care management is to help you manage your physical, psychosocial and emotional needs, and 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. Care managers are available Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to answer questions.
Meet Your Oncology Dietitian
Valaree Williams MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Valaree earned a master’s degree in health science from Chatham University. She has been working in the field of nutrition and dietetics since 2006 and specializes in providing nutrition care for patients with cancer since 2011. She has worked with patients at UCHealth Cancer Center in Aurora, Colorado and Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Valaree provides guidance on proper nutrition to decrease side effects, improve recovery and help patients meet nutrition goals during and after treatment. She is able to cut through the confusion around cancer and nutrition in order to provide her patients with the tools and confidence they need to choose the right foods to stay strong and nourished.
Nutrition support is an integral part of the treatment and recovery plan for our patients and appointments with the dietitian are free of charge.