Using Patient Navigators to Improve Adherence to Treatment in Breast Cancer Patients from Lower Socioeconomic Classes


Breast cancer patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have less access to resources, putting them at a disadvantage in accessing and completing their treatment. The breast cancer patient population most affected includes those whose income level falls below the federal poverty line, have an equivalent education level of high school graduate or less, and qualify for Medicaid assistance. Additionally, 50% of patients without navigators abandoned treatment, while only 6% of patients with navigators failed to complete treatment. Many studies show that access to patient navigators is a crucial factor in an integrated cancer care system, and a proactive way to increase the adherence to treatment plans while delivering effective patient-centered care.



Breast Cancer, Patient Navigator, Cancer Treatment Adherence