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,
Jody Pritt, LCSW-C, 240-566-4546, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesley Rowland, LGSW, 240-566-4699,
Breast Cancer Support Services contact:
Sharon Evans, LCSW, 301-418-6627,
Oncology Financial Counseling contact:
Irene Hollis, 240-566-4337,
- 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.
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
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.
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,
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
(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
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
email@example.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
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.
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.
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.