Patient Resource Navigator
Thanks to a partnership between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC), cancer patients and caregivers at our center have an invaluable resource to assist them in their cancer journey.
Brandon Costantino is the cancer center's American Cancer Society Patient Resource Navigator. His focus is working closely with patients and their families to overcome barriers they may face to successfully completing their treatment.
In his role as a cancer information specialist and navigator for five years at the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic Division, Brandon gained a wealth of knowledge about the many programs and services available to help cancer patients during and after their treatment.
"I love being able to lift some of the stress from a patients' shoulders by filling out an application for them, providing them with a contact for an available resource, or sometimes just listening and talking with them for a while," he says.
Whether it's completing an application for insurance, cutting through red tape, or putting patients in touch with a program to assist with transportation, child care or lodging, he stands ready to help.
"I see my role as an important adjunct to the expertise that the medical team provides our patients," he says. " My job is to connect the dots on the practical, day-to-day, but sometimes overwhelming issues that can put unnecessary stress on patients in treatment. Sometimes it's small things that can make a big difference between a smooth experience and a stressful one. If I can solve even one problem or provide for a single concrete need for a patient, then I've been successful," he notes.
For more information about our Patient Resource Navigator services, please contact Brandon Costantino at 410-328-2861.