Help for New Patients, Survivors, and Families
The cancer experience is life-changing for patients and their loved ones. Cancer patients need support before, during and after their treatment. At the MedStar Health Cancer Network, our goal is to provide compassionate and professional care to individuals affected by cancer, promote the healing process and treat the whole person.
Our genetic counselor and team of highly trained social workers, dietitians, and chaplains work closely with patients, family members and loved ones to make sure they have access to the resources they need during the cancer journey—whether they are educational, financial, emotional or spiritual. Most of our services are free for MedStar Health Cancer Network patients.
Our services focus on building strength, resilience and hope—giving patients the skills to take control of their lives. We offer support groups, one-on-one counseling, educational workshops, and nutrition and exercise programs. Associates work one-on-one and in groups with patients and their loved ones.
Our services include:
Support Groups & Survivorship
2017 National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration
On Sunday, June 4, more than 450 cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Columbus Gardens to commemorate Cancer Survivors Day 2017. It truly was a celebration for everyone. We personally enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing the amazing stories of perseverance, courage, and inspiration. We are excited to share a video created from that special day. Click below to watch the video.
Rehabilitation can improve the quality of life for people being treated for or who have completed treatment for cancer. Rehab can improve strength, decrease pain, treat lymphedema and much more. If you have an impairment or discomfort related to your cancer or cancer treatment, talk to your provider to see if rehab could help you. Click here for more information on Cancer Rehabilitation.
Many patients who have a family history of cancer are now considering genetic testing. Our certified genetic counselors work with patients to determine if they are candidates for genetic testing and help them cope with any medical, psychological, financial, or other issues that may result. Patients who test positive for an inherited cancer gene are offered options in medical management, including screening and risk reduction. Click here for more information on Genetics Counseling.
The cost of cancer care can be a significant financial burden. It is important to understand your insurance benefits and ask for help when you need it. Our financial counselors are trained to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about the cost of care, and can help determine if you may qualify for financial assistance.
Our image services are focused on helping cancer patients regain a positive self-image. Services include breast prosthesis, demonstrations of cosmetics, skin care treatments, and hair replacement as well as wardrobe and makeup techniques. We also offer Look Good Feel Better, a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation.
We offer a variety of integrative therapies to support the healing of the mind and body, including massage therapy and therapeutic yoga. These services are available at several MedStar Health Cancer Network locations.
Advice from a dietitian can help you manage symptoms before, during and after cancer treatment. Nutrition counseling helps patients optimize their treatment. Plus, good nutrition and healthy eating aids in recovery and helps patients achieve and maintain a better quality of life.
In addition to one-on-one counseling, we offer oncology nutrition classes throughout the year providing tips and ideas on how to make healthy and delicious meals.
Psychosocial and Pastoral Counseling
Dealing with cancer requires a supportive team. Psychosocial and pastoral counseling provide patients and their families with support coping with the many issues beyond the physical that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Support Groups and Retreats
We regularly host a variety of support groups and retreats to provide individuals who are living with cancer, cancer survivors and those who love them with the opportunity to share their experiences with others. These events are held at locations throughout the MedStar Cancer Network.
- Arm in Arm - a support group for women with breast cancer
- A Day at HopeWell - a day of cancer support activities at a local meadowland property
Survivorship Planning and Counseling
Our commitment to your health extends beyond your initial treatment. Many cancer survivors find the transition back to everyday medical care difficult after years spent under the care and guidance of cancer specialists. We work with you through this process and follow up with you on a regular basis after the completion of treatment to ensure your long-term health.
For additional resources and more information on Survivorship learn more from the National Cancer Institute. To learn more about the cancer support services available through the MedStar Health Cancer Network call 877-715-HOPE (4673).
For a physician referral, please call 1-877-715-HOPE.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239
MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Cancer Center
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
201 East University Parkway
Johnston Professional Building
Baltimore, MD 21218
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
Oncology Center & Breast Center
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015