This research trial studies how well patient navigation and tailored treatment planning work
in Latina patients with breast cancer. Patient navigation and tailored treatment planning
may provide extra support by guiding patients through the healthcare system, remove barriers
to care and provide ease of access to essential resources, encourage patient participation
in their care, provide in-language summaries and plans for follow-up care, improve patient
access to needed supportive care services and may improve general healthcare experience in
Latina patients with breast cancer.
I. Successful navigation of patients being screened or treated for breast cancer through the
continuum of their care (from visit to visit; from surgical care to radiologic care to
oncologic care; from oncologic care to supportive care; etc).
II. Supply individualized in-language treatment summaries and follow-up care plans to
III. Supply tailored in-language survivorship plan summaries to enrolled patients.
Patients receive treatment summaries and plan report that captures patient data through the
use of an "intake checklist" completed during the initial consultation with the breast
oncology team and used to guide referrals to existing services and programmed with generic
information related to disease and treatment management plan. Additional elements, such as
psycho-social services, exercise, and/or nutrition, identified by the patient self-report,
will be incorporated. Patients also complete 3 questionnaires at each clinic visit.
After completion of study, patients are followed up at 6 months or 12 months.
- Patients receiving ongoing care at LAC+USC
- Self-identified as Latina (or Hispanic)
- Known or suspected breast cancer
- Being seen in a breast cancer high risk, screening or prevention program or clinic or
in one of the breast cancer clinics (surgical or medical oncology)
- Inability to sign informed consent or complete questionnaires and forms
- Self-identified as non-Latina (or non-Hispanic)