S-GI classes hear the psychology of cancer
The director’s operations are based in Amherst and cover all seven counties in Western New York.
She noted that patient navigation is one of the major services offered by the American Cancer Society.
Patient navigators are volunteers who are trained to help patients find their way through their diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Much of Kumiega’s time is spent talking with staff in hospitals and to physicians.
She explained the effects of a cancer diagnosis on a patient, the family and the many decisions people must make.
“The students asked some good, intelligent questions,” she said. “We talked about how everyone is different and so are their reactions - from trauma, grief and anger to ‘I’m just going to move forward.’”
During the evening’s adult education class, Kumiega brought along a former colleague, who is battling two types of stage four cancer.