The journey you are about to begin can be confusing and difficult. Your Care Management team will be invaluable in helping you successfully navigate the treatment process. Your team will consist of your physician, care manager, nurse, nutritionist, and other experts, as needed. Many insurance companies, including Medicare, recognize the importance of care management and are now making it a part of the required services.
To begin, you will be assigned a care manager, who will help you prepare for what lies ahead. Your care manager is a highly skilled registered nurse who will work closely with your physician and other members of your team to make certain you receive the support and services you require. Your personal care manager will be with you through the entire treatment process and beyond.
The goal of care management is to help you manage your physical, psychosocial and emotional needs, and act as your primary contact. Care management performs many functions, including providing education regarding the problems or side effects commonly experienced throughout treatment while under your physician’s care. Your care manager will assist you with creating and understanding your personalized plan of care and help facilitate communication between your oncologist and other providers.
After receiving dual bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and psychology, Caitlin earned her master’s degree in nutrition from Tufts University, followed by her MBA from East Carolina University. Since 2009, Caitlin has been working in the field of nutrition, specializing in oncology nutrition since 2013.
She previously worked with patients at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia and at Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Caitlin offers evidence-based nutrition recommendations during and after treatment to help manage side effects and improve recovery. She also helps to navigate the confusion around nutrition and cancer while working with patients to set and meet their nutrition goals. Caitlin enjoys helping each patient to feel their best, no matter where they are on their journey.