Meet the Cancer Patient Navigators

Lung & Colorectal Patient Navigator

Cindy Davis, RN, CHPN
618.457.5200 ext. 67160 | cynthia.davis@sih.net

Cindy decided to become a patient navigator after four years as a case manager at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and ten years as a hospice nurse. Cindy believes her experience in nursing and hospice makes her well-suited as a navigator, where she empowers patients to make choices about their own plans of care.

“I tell my patients that my title is Cancer Patient Navigator, but my role is to be their partner, buddy, cheerleader, coach and fellow warrior. I support the decisions that they make when others may not. I answer questions that others may find too difficult to discuss. I am always honest, even if it hurts.”

Breast Health Patient Navigator

Donna Crow, RN, CBCN
618.521.3915 | donna.crow@sih.net

Donna Crow, RN, CBCN has been a nurse for over 20 years. But her real journey with breast cancer began when she herself was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in 1999. During her recovery, she began organizing a monthly support meeting of cancer survivors called Women With Hope. Since those early days, she has made it her mission to combine her personal experience with her nursing background to help other women through their breast cancer journey. She has been cancer free since 2000, and is now in her sixth year as southern Illinois’ Breast Health Patient Navigator.

“I understand first-hand the impact of a cancer diagnosis. There are a lot of thoughts and emotions that come with it. My goal for the women and men I come in contact with is to be there to help them through the journey. It can be long and bumpy.”

Genitourinary, Head & Neck Cancer Navigator

Tonica Anderson, RN, OCN
618.457.5200 ext 67133 | tonica.anderson@sih.net

Tonica has a diverse background in nursing, which includes several years in oncology, as well as an OCN certification. She previously worked in home health & hospice for several years, then in community outreach and education. She is a member of the Illinois Cancer Partnership Executive Committee and has worked at the SIH Cancer Institute since 2009, just after her mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. All of these experiences led Tonica to choose to become a cancer patient navigator.

“I have seen firsthand how devastating hearing the words ‘you have cancer’ can be not only to the patient but also to the family. As a navigator, my goal is to make what is typically considered a really bad time in someone’s life a little bit easier.”