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Cancer Care Team

Your odds of beating cancer improve when you get well-rounded support from a dedicated team of oncology professionals. That’s why Adventist HealthCare provides a multidisciplinary group of compassionate health care experts who combine their knowledge and expertise to help you get better.

Your Cancer Care Team

At Adventist HealthCare, cancer specialists meet regularly to develop a customized, comprehensive plan for your treatment. The team includes:

  • Cancer surgeons – Remove tumors
  • Medical oncologists – Specialize in using chemotherapy and biological therapy to treat cancer
  • Nuclear medicine technologists – Prepare and administer radioactive drugs before you undergo a diagnostic nuclear medicine procedure
  • Oncology nurses – Care for you before, during and after cancer treatment
  • Pathologists – Determine whether a sample of your tissue contains cancer
  • Plastic surgeons – Help restore your physical appearance after cancer treatment
  • Radiation oncologists – Focus on using radiation therapy to treat cancer

Cancer Navigators

Experienced professionals called cancer navigators guide you and your family on the journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. They partner with you to remove barriers to cancer treatment, so you can focus on getting better. Turn to your cancer navigator for help:

  • Understanding your condition
  • Choosing a course of treatment
  • Communicating with doctors and nurses
  • Applying for financial assistance and understanding insurance benefits
  • Arranging transportation to medical appointments
  • Getting psychological counseling and emotional support
  • Explaining your prognosis to your children and other loved ones
  • Obtaining home medical supplies that make daily life easier
  • Taking advantage of support services and community resources

Meet Your Navigators

Get to know the compassionate cancer navigators you might work with at Adventist HealthCare.

Debra Bowen, RN, BSN, OCN: Prostate Nurse Navigator

Debbie supports you as you choose and receive treatment and follow-up care in the radiation department. She has worked as a radiation oncology nurse for more than 20 years, receiving several awards for patient care services.

She holds a nursing degree from the Robert Packer Hospital and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from George Mason University. Debbie has contributed to several professional publications and belongs to the Oncology Nursing Society and its local chapter.

Janet B. Connors, LCSW-C: Clinical Social Worker

Janet is a clinical social worker who specializes in integrative medicine; a form of treatment that focuses on physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Janet also has an extensive background in clinical social work and family psychotherapy. She has had advanced training in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in Dr. Andrew Weil’s program. Janet specializes in stress management, providing both individual and group counseling. In addition to her clinical duties, Janet is also assisting in the development of the integrative medicine program at the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center.

Lori Hartinger, RN, BSN, OCN: Breast Nurse Navigator

Lori Hartinger is a compassionate, dedicated nurse who helps ensure you feel supported throughout your breast cancer journey.

Lori received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason School of Nursing. She has been practicing in the field of oncology for the last seven years. Before she joined the Shady Grove Breast Center and the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center navigation team, she worked in different areas of oncology, including as an inpatient staff nurse and nurse manager. Lori’s outpatient experience includes working for the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, guiding newly diagnosed patients through the health care system and coordinating care of patients enrolled in clinical trials.

She is a member of the Oncology Nurse Society. Before becoming a nurse, Lori graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management.

Michell Manu, RN, BSN, OCN: Breast Nurse Navigator

The dedicated breast burse navigator of Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center, Michell Manu will help you feel supported throughout your breast cancer journey.

Michell received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing. She also has her master's degree in healthcare management from American InterContinental University. Before she joined the Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center, she served as an infusion nurse, providing cancer care, education and support. She also has experience working as a clinical research nurse, coordinating patient enrollment, treatment appointments and follow-up care that includes providing referral resources.

Among her accomplishments, Michell received her oncology certified nurse (OCN) designation in 2007 and co-authored several research abstracts. She was published as the lead author for a poster presentation on a nursing research abstract in molecular profiling at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress in 2013.

Emily Quaglieri BSN, RN, OCN: Thoracic/Gynecology Nurse Navigator

Emily Quaglieri is committed to helping patients and their families navigate through complicated medical information and continue their journey towards improved health and wellness. Her primary focus is to provide education, support, and empowerment to those with thoracic and gynecological cancers, coordinating services throughout their treatment plan, and to serve as an advocate for their care.

Prior to joining the Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, Emily worked in the field of oncology for six years, as an inpatient staff nurse, radiation oncology nurse coordinator, and nurse educator. Emily provided care at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital where her service was recognized with the Nurse of the Year award in 2012. She received her Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) designation in 2012. Emily earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Anselm College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education.

Lindsey Wise, LCSW, OSW-C: Social Worker

With our emphasis on holistic, comprehensive services, you have the benefit of our oncology social worker, Lindsey, to help develop a personal road map and provide the guidance, tools and skills needed along your treatment journey. This includes everything from short-term counseling to help with advanced directives.

Lindsey is certified in oncology social work and previously served at the University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in health care delivery, as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.

Meet Your Dietitians

Rely on your dietitian at Adventist HealthCare for guidance in choosing easy-to-eat, healthy foods that help you stay nourished during and after cancer treatment.

Patricia Guay-Berry, RD, LDN, CSO: Oncology Dietitian

Patricia has been a practicing dietitian and nutrition manager for more than 20 years. She is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, and her passion is helping people through cancer therapy by providing sound and practical nutritional guidance. She helps people understand the importance of nutrition, maintain their weight when side effects may make it difficult, and prevent malnutrition. Patricia is involved with helping patients make positive changes after cancer by adopting healthy lifestyles through a plant-based diet and consistent exercise. Patricia oversees our monthly cooking classes and weekly exercise classes.

Patricia attended the University of Maryland and received a BS in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship through Hood College.

Dorcas Lwanga, RD

Dorcas brings 20 years of professional experience in food and nutrition to Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. She is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. She has worked in clinical, community and international public health nutrition and has vast knowledge of food and nutrition and its relationship to various disease states. She has expertise in nutrition assessment and education, and diet counseling in Oncology, Endocrinology, Coronary Heart Disease, Obesity, Gastroenterology, and Nephrology. Her goal as an Outpatient Oncology Dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital is to provide excellent nutrition care for her clients, helping them to address food and nutrition issues related to cancer treatment for an improved quality of life.

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