Oncology Patient Navigator Guide (English & Spanish) and Companion Resources

For Continued Use & International Adaptation
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*NEW* The 2023 GW Cancer Center Patient Navigator Learning Collaborative seeks to support learners as they complete the Oncology Patient Navigator training. As learners independently complete the online training, the Learning Collaborative sessions will bring learners together for peer-to-peer sharing, discussion, clarification of questions, and application of knowledge learned via case studies. Each 45-minute session, led by a patient navigation expert, will be held virtually on the second Thursday of each month, from 11:00-11:45 am ET (8:00-8:45 am PT).

To register for the Learning Collaborative, visit the event page. Register early to secure your spot!


In 2015, The GW Cancer Center (formerly the GW Cancer Institute) created the first consensus-based competencies for oncology patient navigators without a clinical license, which was accompanied by the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals and an accompanying guide in English and Spanish.

View the Visual Executive Summary of the Guide for Patient Navigators *NEW*

View the Guide for Patient Navigators*UPDATED 2022*

View the Spanish Guide for Patient Navigators *UPDATED 2022*

If you need an accommodation to assist in your use of the Guide, please complete the Accessibility Feedback Form.

Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals was reviewed in 2021. The following document provides important updates for patient navigators taking the training after 2020.

View the 2021 Update to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals (PDF)

Given the training and guide’s international reach and potential application, we also offer suggestions for where to adapt with regional-specific resources, along with the training slides to tailor to your region and audience. 

View Lesson 1 An Overview of Patient Navigation and Competencies (PPT) 

View Lesson 2 Medical Terminology (PPT) 

View Lesson 3 Cancer Basics (PPT) 

View Lesson 4 Clinical Trials (PPT) 

View Lesson 5 Impact of Cancer (PPT) 

View Lesson 6 U.S. Health Care System (PPT)

View Lesson 7 Health Care Payment and Financing (PPT)

View Lesson 8 The Role of the Oncology Patient Navigator (PPT) 

View Lesson 9 Patient Assessment (PPT) 

View Lesson 10 Shared Decision-Making (PPT)

View Lesson 11 Identifying Resources (PPT) 

View Lesson 12 Communicating with Patients (PPT)

View Lesson 13 Patient Advocacy (PPT)

View Lesson 14 Culturally Competent Communication (PPT)

View Lesson 15 Scope of Practice (PPT) 

View Lesson 16 Ethics and Patients Rights (PPT) 

View Lesson 17 Practicing Efficiently and Effectively (PPT)

View Lesson 18 Health Care Team Collaboration (PPT) 

View Lesson 19 Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (PPT) 

View Lesson 20 Personal and Professional Development (PPT)

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