Caryn Vadseth, BSN, RN, OCN

Caryn Vadseth, BSN, RN, OCN

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Nurse Navigator, Thoracic Oncology and Unknown Primaries

Treatment Philosophy

As a young girl growing up, I aspired to follow in my mother’s footsteps to become a nurse.  During high school I became intrigued with science and how our bodies work and my interest shifted from wanting to help people with cancer to wanting to find the cure for cancer.  Thus I pursued a dual degree in Biology and Chemistry at Immaculata College (now University.)  After graduating, I worked for six years in a world-renowned biochemistry lab studying oxidative stress.  Although life in the lab was exciting and stimulating, the desire to follow my childhood dream to become a nurse always seemed to present itself.  Thus, I returned to school to complete a one-year intensive BSN nursing program at Thomas Jefferson University.   I started my nursing career at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on a medical-surgical/oncology floor.  I found great pleasure in caring for cancer patients, thus I took a position as an infusion nurse at a local oncology office.  In 2007, I joined Fox Chase Cancer Center as a clinical research coordinator in the clinical trials office.  This opportunity allowed me to merge my love for science and oncology nursing.  While working in the clinical trials office, I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and expertise in lung cancer and clinical trials.  I had a brief departure from Fox Chase to try home care nursing, however I returned “home” to Fox Chase and my oncology patients as a Phase I clinical research coordinator.   In April 2011, I was afforded the opportunity to break new ground by becoming Fox Chase’s Thoracic Nurse Navigator.  In this role, I advocate for lung and thymus cancer patients while offering them education and support during their oncology care journey.  I work closely with all members of our multidisciplinary team to ensure each patient’s needs are met.  I am inspired by my patients’ resilience and courage and I am honored by their willingness to welcome me as a member of the team.