It is with great pleasure to announce that Nurse Navigator Joan Martinho, RN, BSN, CURN, OCN and Intake Specialist Sondra Peloquin were nominated and recognized at the 2019 UNC Oncology Excellence Awards

These annual awards recognize oncology employees at UNC who demonstrate exceptional work and devotion to individuals with cancer, their families and the oncology profession.

Congratulations to the both of you!

GU Onc Team 2019 at the Oncology Excellence Nursing Awards

UNC Cancer Care Oncology Nursing Excellence Award Recipient

“It is an honor to be able to navigate patients and their families through their oncology journey. This process involves many team members collaborating for optimal patient outcomes. I treat my patients/families as I would expect my loved ones to be treated. My goal as a navigator is to reduce or eliminate stressors during this difficult time. The Oncology team is compiled of many wonderful individuals that define the word teamwork. I am proud to represent UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and look forward to many more years together!”

Joan Martinho, RN, BSN, CURN, OCN | Genitourinary Oncology Nurse Navigator

Joan Martinho Receiving The Cancer Care Oncology Nursing Excellence Award

UNC Cancer Care Oncology Staff Excellence Award Nominee

“As an Oncology Intake Specialist, we are the first contact with the patient in the cancer center. One of the best parts of my job is letting the patient/family members know that they are in good hands, that they matter and we will take care of them. During our initial contact, they are scared and don’t know where to turn, my job is to assure them that we will offer them the best care in our Multidisciplinary clinic with our skilled physicians.

The gratitude that I feel from the patients when we are able to get them in quickly and assure them is more than I can express. Having been a family member of a terminally ill cancer patient just knowing you have someone who is assisting you and knows the ins and outs of the system gives you the strength to fight the battle.”

Sondra Peloquin | Genitourinary Oncology Intake Specialist


About The Oncology Excellence Awards

The 2019 UNC Oncology Excellence Awards were presented on October 3, 2019, at the Tony Williams Main Lobby inside the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The nursing awards are given in memory of Charmayne Gray, an oncology nurse practitioner who worked in the Clinical Care Center who passed away in 2002.

Learn More and View Past Recipients