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Laura Snyder, RN, Melanoma and Renal Cell

As one of two practice nurses supporting the Melanoma and Renal Cell teams, Laura Snyder, RN, enjoys the opportunity to not only help patients, but also work within two areas of cancer specialty comprised of supportive providers who put their patients first.

Laura serves as the point of contact for patients who have questions, but especially for those who are experiencing side effects from treatment or who may be starting immunotherapy. She is there to answer questions and to help talk through their concerns and also fields requests related to financial difficulties, helping coordinate assistance with costs, and connecting patients with a social worker. "Serving as their point person is important to me so patients and their families feel comfortable approaching me with any concerns that may arise throughout their journey," says Laura.

The Melanoma Program recently moved to North Haven, and back to New Haven again, as part of the transition for care of patients with COVID-19. With these moves, Laura helped her patients become familiarized with the new, temporary location, giving them peace of mind during an unsettling time. "The North Haven facility is a beautiful, safe location and it was important to reassure our patients that this transition would be a smooth process," emphasizes Laura. "As part of the process, we have helped patients prepare for Telehealth appointments using the MyChart app."

Laura is appreciative of the many opportunities to learn about the research taking place as well as the new options for treatment. "I work with the best team," she says. "We are constantly busy, but every day it is enjoyable because our team is great!"