For patients diagnosed with cancer who have already seen a cancer specialist,
the new Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS) Second Opinion Clinic
offers world-renowned diagnosis and treatment options in Frederick County.
Earlier this spring, FRHS became the 14th Certified Member of the MD Anderson
Cancer Network®—and the first and only hospital system in Maryland.
Patients now have access to a multidisciplinary evaluation by FRHS’s
MD Anderson Cancer Network® Certified Physicians. All cases will be
discussed with faculty from MD Anderson, the #1 cancer care provider in
the country, before a final treatment recommendation is made.
“Many patients in our community currently travel to Baltimore or
D.C. for such services,” says Dr. Mark S. Soberman, an MD Anderson
Cancer Network® Certified Physician and FRHS Medical Director of Oncology
Service Line. “We hope to increase access to the expertise they
seek, while allowing them to remain close to home.”
During the visit, the patient will work with a dedicated Patient Navigator
and an MD Anderson Certified Cancer Specialist will offer recommendations,
incorporating MD Anderson treatment pathways and guidelines, participating
in network multidisciplinary treatment planning video conferences, and
peer-to-peer consultations with MD Anderson faculty.
This is a purely consultative service. Patients who have seen a local
cancer care provider are encouraged to remain with that provider when
FRHS recommendations are consistent. When treatment recommendations differ,
it will be up to the patient and their primary care provider as to where
they receive their treatment.
“Our goal is to give more patients in this community confidence
in the care that they are receiving here at home and minimize their need
to travel outside of Frederick for their cancer care,” says MD Anderson
Cancer Network® Certified Physician and FRHS Medical Oncology Director
Dr. Patrick J. Mansky.
For more information about the Second Opinion Clinic or to schedule an
appointment, call the FRHS MD Anderson Hotline at 301-418-6465 or visit