Patient Resources

Helping Patients Focus on Getting Well

Cancer patients and their families benefit from American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute - Helping Patients Focus on Getting Well

Penn State Cancer Institute has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a new resource to patients from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, into survivorship.

A trained American Cancer Society patient navigator (a cancer education and support specialist) is available to help patients and their families identify and use the various American Cancer Society resources, treatment services, and support services that they need to receive the best cancer treatment possible. As the cancer experience is different for each patient, American Cancer Society patient navigators connect patients and caregivers with the most appropriate programs and services to help improve each individual’s access to health care and to help them on their journey to get well.

Our patient navigator works in partnership with your cancer care team to connect you to programs and services available at Penn State Cancer Institute, through American Cancer Society, and in the community. Some of the ways our patient navigator can provide personalized cancer care include:


  • Coordinating transportation to and from treatment
  • Understanding medical terms and treatment options
  • Finding answers to questions about financial and insurance needs
  • Locating local support groups

Contact the Patient Navigator at Penn State Cancer Institute
Damaris Perez
717-531-0003 x289730
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Click here to download the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program brochure.

The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program at Penn State Cancer Institute is supported by AstraZeneca.