Coral Ragognetti

Oncology Offense

Coral Ragognetti

Oncology Offense
Advocate Location
Ponte Vedra Beach , FL 32082
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Survivor Support
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
I can help you and your loved ones by providing partnership, guidance, advocacy, and navigation services specifically for cancer patients, from diagnosis through survivorship.

I can help you:
-Prepare for Medical Appointments (questions to ask, things to share with your doctor, topics that need clarification, communicating your needs, etc.)
-Understand Your Treatment Options and Your Diagnosis
-Anticipate and Prepare for Next Steps in the Cancer Care Continuum: What Happens Next?
-Navigate Health Insurance & Medical Expenses
-Improve Communication and Collaboration with Your Medical Team and Caregivers
-Organize Medical Records
-Conduct Research on Your Behalf
-Locate National and Local Resources Tailored to Your Needs
-Discover New Healthcare Providers Who Meet Your Needs and Arrange for 2nd Opinions
-Prepare you for Surgery and Inpatient Hospital Stays
-Provide Decision Support
-Decipher Medical Language to Ensure Your Cancer and Your Treatment Options Make Sense to You
-Listen to You and Prioritize Your Needs

Through Oncology Offense, my goals are:
-To improve the cancer experience for you, your caregiver, and your family.
-For you to feel empowered to learn and make informed decisions about your cancer care and your future.
-To help you locate the information you need and help it make sense when it doesn’t.
-To direct you to information you can act on, and to put you ahead so you’re not scrambling when things get tough down the road.
-For you to have easy access to topics often left out of the broader cancer conversation.
-For you to discover what’s possible, novel, emerging, and personalized to you, not just what is standard, what’s always been done, or what works “for most patients.”
-For you to be able to take an offensive stance against your cancer and the impact it has on your life.

I’ll provide the map, but you are in the driver’s seat. Let’s go.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • My geographical area of practice is Northeast Florida, Greater Jacksonville Area, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine
My Survivor Support Advocacy Qualifications
I lost my grandfather to Stage 4 lung cancer when I was 20, lost my father to Stage 4 acinic cell carcinoma when I was 22, and my husband and mother-in-law were diagnosed (months apart) with Stage 3 and Stage 4 colorectal cancer, respectively, before I reached the age of 40. Though I have not been personally diagnosed, cancer has had a sincere and weighty impact on my adult life.
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
Hi, I'm Coral. And I'm sorry you're here because it likely means that you or someone you love dearly has been diagnosed with cancer. I'm truly sorry. F*ck! sometimes feels like the only appropriate response when hearing about a new cancer diagnosis, but I know much more is needed beyond an exclamatory expletive. Tell me about it. What's going on? How are you feeling? What's top of mind? What do you need? What's standing in your way? What do you want to know? And it's okay if your answer to any or all of those questions is, "I don't know." I get it—I really do. We can seek answers together, at your pace, at your direction, and in alignment with your values.

I'm here to lower hurdles and make this indescribable chapter of your life a bit easier to move through, with hope and confidence.

I lost my grandfather to Stage 4 lung cancer when I was 20, lost my father to Stage 4 acinic cell carcinoma when I was 22, and my husband and mother-in-law were diagnosed (months apart) with Stage 3 and Stage 4 colorectal cancer, respectively, before I reached the age of 40. Though I have not been personally diagnosed, cancer has had a sincere and weighty impact on my adult life.

In the year following my husband’s diagnosis, I felt isolated and detached. Although family, friends, and colleagues knew of his diagnosis and showed support in beautiful and surprising ways, it felt very lonely. It was as though we were the first couple to experience this—starting from scratch with no guidebook. I spent so much time searching, researching, and self-educating that, over time, I pulled away from actual people. Fixated on knowledge, facts, and prevailing theories, I left little room for interpersonal connection or emotional processing—It was just me and my anxious, racing brain.

As lonely as I may have been, it didn’t take long to realize that I was not alone with this preoccupation. Scouring the internet endlessly for answers to questions was not a unique experience for someone bearing the weight of a new cancer diagnosis. This wasn’t a Me problem; it was a pretty-much-everyone problem. Trying to learn what you don’t even know you need to learn is exhausting, frustrating, and messy.

Patients and caregivers of today are generally more engaged, proactive, and knowledgeable than those of the past, and this should be recognized, nurtured, and harnessed. Not only do we have greater access to information, but we want to be in the room where decisions are being made about our health, and we want our voices to be heard. We don’t want to leave decision-making up to someone else, and we want to be educated on the topics surrounding the decisions we’ll make. We are a different “breed,” so to speak, and therefore require a different approach—a proactive, empowered approach.

Creating Oncology Offense stemmed from my desire to lower the hurdles that future cancer patients and their caregivers will encounter as they learn about cancer and make decisions about their health and their futures. Taking into account my more recent experiences caregiving and supporting my family through their cancer diagnoses, coupled with my lifelong interest in science and medicine, this endeavor felt both natural and necessary.
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Formal Education
-Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science with a minor in English
-CRLA International Advanced Tutoring Certification for tutoring college-level Biology, Chemistry, English, and French
-Relevant course work (undergrad & post-grad) includes biology, cell biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, cancer biology, physics, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, forensic science, nutrition, biomedical ethics, and more.
Additional Skills
Research Experience:
-Bacteriology Laboratory Intern at ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) 2002-2004
-Collegiate Senior Research Project: The effect of Echinacea purpurea on macrophages and immuno-response in female Swiss mice

Publication Experience:
Third author (maiden name) on a 2004 study published in the Journal of Microbiological Methods
-Glycine betaine as a cryoprotectant for prokaryotes (Cleland D, Krader P, McCree C, Tang J, Emerson D. Glycine betaine as a cryoprotectant for prokaryotes. J Microbiol Methods. 2004 Jul;58(1):31-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2004.02.015. PMID: 15177901.)

Professional Experience:
-Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (cardiology, diabetes, pain management)
-Home Health Care Clinical Liaison
-President, Medical Communications, Patient Education & Pharmaceutical Advertising Recruiting Firm
-Cancer Patient Educator, Navigator & Advocate
Professional Affiliations
Additional Training:
-Fundamentals of Integrative Oncology MSKCC (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
-CAPC Palliative Care Training (Center to Advance Palliative Care)
-AWCIM Integrative Oncology, Contemplative Care, and Cancer Nutrition Training (University of Arizona, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine)
-GW Cancer Center Survivorship Care Series
-GW Cancer Center Oncology Patient Navigator Training Graduate
-Susan G. Komen Navigation Nation Training Graduate
-HealthAdvocateX Transgender Advocacy Series Graduate
-LGBTQ+ Affirming Cancer Care Training
-Health Equity & Racism in Cancer Care Training
-Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity Training

Proudly a member of the following professional organizations and committees:
-Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (AONN+)
-National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) Cancer Policy & Advocacy Team (CPAT)
-Greater National Advocates (GNA)
-Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO)
-American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
-Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) Patient Advocate
-Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA)
-National Association of Medication Access & Patient Advocacy (NAMAPA)
-Susan G. Komen Navigation Nation

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