High Point Regional program pairs science and medicine with faith and hope

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Mike Jones is not a doctor, but at the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional, he helps a lot of patients. His job is to connect people who’ve been on the cancer journey for a while with new cancer patients who just recently got their diagnosis.

Jones, a three-time cancer survivor himself, knows that kind of support is critical.

“Knowing that there’s someone else who’s been there in similar situations, it is encouraging,” Jones said.

Dr. Bernard Chinnasami started Guideposts of Strength (GPS) as a way to pair science and medicine with faith and hope.

“It`s not just a doctor or nurse telling you something who really hasn`t experienced what you`re going through, it`s someone who`s really walked in your footsteps,” Dr. Chinnasami said. “That`s really profound, we think, and something that will make outcomes better.”

Like the navigation system in your car, GPS helps patients and their families navigate the cancer journey through mentoring, educational tips and inspiring videos and programs. But more than that, Jones believes GPS gives patients back power which cancer often tries to take away.

“There is hope,” he said.