Carol Cherry, MSN, RN, AOCNS, APNG
Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Navigator
I’ve been privileged to be a nurse for more than 30 years. My first job in 1977 was on an oncology floor in a Washington, DC, hospital. I remember many of those patients as if it were yesterday, for the physical and emotional challenges they were facing and the richness of relationships developed with them and their families. I continue to find building those relationships to be the most rewarding part of my career.
My background includes radiation oncology nursing and cancer genetic risk counseling. In 1999 I joined The Risk Assessment Program (RAP) here at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where my work focused on care of women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer related to family history and inherited gene changes.
Working with over 40 staff, patients and family members I spearheaded the making of the Fox Chase Cancer Center Ovarian Cancer Awareness Quilt in 2002 which hangs in the Women’s Cancer Center waiting room. I’ve completed a certificate in Integrative Healing Arts from the BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation and appreciate the mind/body/spirit approach to cancer care.
In 2005 I received a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nursing at La Salle University and continue there as adjunct faculty. The transition to gynecologic navigator in the Women’s Cancer Center in November 2011 has allowed me to be part of a great group of doctors, nurses & support staff who are not only at the top of their field clinically but are genuinely kind and compassionate people.
Being a navigator allows a place to offer all of who I am to women who are in a very vulnerable time in their lives. As a cancer survivor I know how important it is to have expert, caring professionals be present to listen, guide and walk side by side through the healing journey.