Cancer

Support Services

The FRHS Regional Cancer Therapy Center offers a comprehensive cancer treatment support program providing practical assistance, counseling, and supportive services to patients and their families during cancer treatment. Services are provided by licensed social workers directly and in conjunction with various community agencies and programs. Support is available during our treatment hours of 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Support Services may be contacted directly by calling or emailing:

Jodi Gerber, LCSW-C, 240-566-4698, jgerber1@fmh.org
Jody Pritt, LCSW-C, 240-566-4546, jpritt@fmh.org
Lesley Rowland, LGSW, 240-566-4699, lrowland1@fmh.org

Breast Cancer Support Services contact:

Sharon Evans, LCSW, 301-418-6627, sevans@fmh.org

Oncology Financial Counseling contact:

Irene Hollis, 240-566-4337, ihollis@fmh.org

Available Services

  • Patient Support and Counseling Services
  • Financial Counseling
  • FRHS Cancer Patient Assistance Fund (must meet income qualifications)
  • FRHS Healthcare System & the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center
  • Cancer Education Programs
  • Road to Recovery Transportation Services
  • Look Good, Feel Better for Women
  • Breast Cancer Support Group @ Frederick Community College
  • Survivors Offering Support (SOS), Transitions to Wellness Program
  • Frederick Prostate Cancer Support
  • Oral,Head and Neck Cancer Support Group (SPOHNC)
  • Dietary Consultations for Cancer Patients
  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Reiki Therapy

Patient Support and Counseling Services

Psychosocial support and counseling is helpful for issues related to adjustment in lifestyle, dealing with emotions, coping with side effects of treatment, changes in body image, effects of cancer on sexuality and relationships, managing stress, and communication with family, friends, and co-workers. Patients have access to Oncology Social Workers on treatment days or by appointment throughout the duration of radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment. An appropriate referral will be made for patients whose needs are more extensive than the medical setting can provide. Information and referrals are provided for various support and educational programs and services available within the surrounding community and on the Internet.

Financial Counseling

Assistance is provided to address financial concerns of patients during treatment. Financial counseling and referral services are available at the RCTC to help patients apply for appropriate programs that they may qualify for to cover medical expenses. These may include: Medical Assistance, Social Security benefits, COBRA, and various programs to help with medications and treatment related services. Contact Irene Hollis, Financial Counseling, 240-566-4337 or Support Services at 240-566-4546, 4698 or 4699.

FRHS Cancer Patient Assistance Fund

Available to income-qualified cancer patients who need financial help paying for medicine, dietary supplements, and durable medical supplies until a more permanent solution can be found. The Cancer Patient Assistance Fund is dependent upon the generosity of the Frederick community. For more information, contact Support Services at (240) 566-4546, 4698 or 4699.

FRHS Healthcare System & the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center

A cancer education and resource center is located in the Regional Cancer Therapy Center. Computer access is also available to cancer patients and their family members. The Resource Center is available Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Cancer Education Programs

Programs of education and support for cancer patients and those who provide support to them are held throughout the year and are open to the general public. Programs meet at the FRHS Regional Cancer Therapy Center. Contact Support Services @ 240-566-4546, 4698 or 4699 for upcoming events.

Road to Recovery Transportation Services

Volunteer drivers for the American Cancer Society who provide transportation assistance for cancer patients to and from cancer treatments. Patient must be ambulatory. Contact the American Cancer Society, (888) 227-6333, or Support Services at (240) 566-4546, 4698 or 4699 for additional information.

Look Good/Feel Better

This program assists female cancer patients in coping with changes in appearance related to side effects due to cancer treatment and is co-sponsored by The American Cancer Society and Frederick Memorial Hospital. The programs are held monthly at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center and the Frederick School of Cosmetology. For details and/or to register, contact Support Services @ 240-566-4546, 4698 or 4699.

Wig Assistance

A wig/fitting is available to women with a cancer diagnosis via the FRHS Cancer Patient Assistance Fund who meet income qualification guidelines. Contact Support Services at (240) 566-4546, 4699 or 4698 for more information.

Breast Cancer Support Group at Frederick Community College

Co-sponsored by the Anne-Lynn Gross Breast Cancer Resource Center and Frederick Memorial Hospital. Group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the FCC Classroom/Student Center, H-106D. All breast cancer survivors, from newly diagnosed to long-term remission/survival are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the Anne-Lynn Gross Breast Cancer Resource Center, 301-846-2483, www.frederick.edu/adultservices.

Survivors Offering Support (SOS)

SOS is a support program that pairs informed and trained breast cancer survivor volunteers with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. SOS volunteers are matched with new patients by similarities of age, lifestyle and stage of breast cancer. Volunteers share their personal breast cancer experiences and provide insight and emotional support to new patients. To speak to a mentor or to learn more about this important program, contact Denise O’Neill, SOS Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 694-5580 ext. 2018 or doneill@fmh.org.

(SOS) Transitions To Wellness Program

Want a jumpstart into addressing the challenges of becoming a new breast cancer survivor? This is a workshop held quarterly designed as a toolkit to assist you in the important transition from treatment to life as a breast cancer survivor. Please contact Denise O’Neil @ 301-694-5580 ext. 2018 or email at doneill@fmh.org.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group (SPOHNC)

The local chapter of Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), Inc. holds monthly meetings offering information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, and caregivers in a friendly and non-threatening forum. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30pm at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Parish Center on Rt. 75/Church St. in Libertytown, MD. For information or to register to attend please contact Judith Churco at 301-631-8159 or email at judyduster@aol.com. Please call to register for each meeting.

Frederick Prostate Cancer Support Group

Prostate cancer support group for both patients and family members is co-sponsored by Frederick Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center. Contact Bert Hauver at (240) 566-4715.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network provides direct support for bladder cancer patients and their loved ones through the BCAN connection. More information is available at bcan.org.

Dietary Consult for Patients treated at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center

Upon request and by appointment, a dietary consult is available at the FRHS Cancer Treatment at no cost. Contact the CTC nursing staff, social worker, or your medical oncologist to arrange an appointment.

Lymphedema Therapy

A specified massage therapy for this common but troublesome side effect of breast cancer. Contact Lymphedema Specialist Angela Roberts at (240) 566-3132 for an appointment or for more information.

Reiki Therapy

Offered free of charge Monday afternoons from 2-4:30pm, Tuesday & Friday mornings, 8:30-11 am to FRHS cancer patients and their caregivers while in active treatment. This service is provided by FRHS Volunteer Reiki Therapists at The FRHS Regional Cancer Therapy Center. For information and/or to register for an appointment phone Radiation Oncology @ (240) 566-4500 or Support Services @ 240-566-4546, 4698 or 4699.