Marin Cancer Institute

Cindi Cantril is the Breast Health Program Coordinator and lead Nurse Navigator at the Marin Cancer Institute. She was nominated for this award by numerous colleagues and patients alike who praised her expertise, compassion and commitment.

A certified oncology nurse who has dedicated her entire professional career to cancer, Cindi guides her patients through their medical care, facilitates support groups and conducts recovery programs. Cindi is a nationally recognized leader in oncology nursing and is a founding board member and first vice president of the Oncology Nursing Society. She developed the Big Sky Cancer Recovery and Resource Center in Bozeman, Montana prior to being recruited to the Marin Cancer Institute in 2004 to expand the breast health program and develop its survivorship program. Cindi received her nursing degree from Meramec Community College, her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Lindenwood College, and her Master in Public Health Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Cindi's work in breast cancer detection and diagnosis covers the spectrum, from diagnostic testing and biopsies to counseling newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer through recovery and survivorship programs. She supports the work of the entire team of treating professionals at the Marin Cancer Institute. In addition, she brought the Healing with Horses equine therapy program to Marin County.

One of Cindi's patients expressed it best when she said, “To call Cindi an advocate, an ombudsman, a friend, while accurate, are not sufficient to describe her. Cindi performs her job with a passion few of us can hope to find in any occupation. Those who know her suspect that she came from the womb fully formed as an oncology nurse. Surely she was born for this work."

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