My name is Katy and I’m one of the newest members recently appointed to the BAG IT board of directors. I’ve been an oncology nurse for over 15 years and have seen countless patients benefit from the fabulous information and resources that the bags provide. In my current role as a survivorship nurse practitioner, I appreciate how the bags help my patients stay organized and get quality information right from diagnosis, a time which can feel very frightening and chaotic. Many continue to bring in their BAG IT binders to their follow up appointments for many years after treatment! Having readily available lab and imaging results and other pertinent records or notes in the binder can provide useful reference and chronological context not only for the patient but his or her entire medical team, which may include primary care providers and multiple other subspecialty providers in addition to medical, surgical and/or radiation oncologists. The care and treatment of oncology patients is only becoming more complex, making tools like the BAG IT bag absolutely essential.
I look forward to helping with content review and bag updates to ensure that we continue to provide the most valuable and accurate information for our survivors and I appreciate the opportunity to work with such a great organization.