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Cancer Navigator Program

Cancer nurse navigators offer a variety of services to patients just diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for cancer. The role of the navigator is to ensure the highest quality of care possible for patients by serving as an advocate, coordinator of patient care, liaison between patient and provider, educator, troubleshooter and resource coordinator.

UNC Rex Cancer Care offers cancer navigation for the following types of cancer: breast, gastrointestinal (GI) and thoracic (lung). For more information about our cancer navigation program, please contact one of the navigators listed below. If your type of cancer is not listed, please call (919) 784-3105 to find out about specialists that can assist you.

Breast Cancer Patient Navigators

Joan Freeborn, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (919) 784-1056
Cell: (919) 784-5407

Kristin Knott, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (919) 784-1056
Cell: (919) 784-1882


Leanne LeClair, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.A.N.
Office: (919) 784-1056
Cell: (919) 784-2603

Susan Mondo, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.O.R.
Office:  (919) 784-6903
Cell:  (919) 784-5407



Thoracic (Lung) Cancer Patient Navigators


Jessie Weis, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (919) 784-7138
Cell: (919) 784-3572


Jessica Padgett, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (919) 784-6876
Cell: (919) 784-5489



GI (Gastrointestinal) Cancer Patient Navigator


Erika Shoemaker, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (919) 784-2186
Cell:  (919) 784-5102