Resources & Support Services
The FMH 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. Please
call prior to attending to ensure there is a meeting.
Support Services may be contacted directly by calling or emailing:
Jodi Gerber, LCSW-C @ 240-566-4698, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Pritt, LCSW-C @ 240-566-4546,
Lesley Rowland, LGSW @ 240-566-4699,
Breast Support Services, Sharon Evans, LCSW @ 301-418-6627,
FMH RCTC Financial Counseling, Irene Hollis @ 240-566-4337,
Patient Support and Counseling Services
Psychosocial Support and Counseling
Support 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 Referral to other Community Resources
Information and referral is provided for various support and educational
programs and services available within the surrounding community and on
Financial Counseling and Referral Services Assistance
Assistance is provided to address financial concerns of patients during
treatment. We provide information and referral services 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, Maryland Health Insurance Program, and various programs to help
with medications and treatment related services. Please contact Irene
Hollis, Financial Counseling, 240-566-4337 or Support Services @ 240-566-4546,
240-566-4698 and 240-566-4699.
FMH 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, 240-566-4698
or 240-566-4699. To make a donation, please visit our FMH Make A Gift Page.
FMH & the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center
A cancer education + resource center is located in the RCTC. Computer access
is also available to cancer patients + their families. The resource center
is available Monday - 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 FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center. Contact
Support Services @ 240-566-4546, 240-566-4698 and 240-566-4699 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, 240-566-4698
and 240-566-4699 for additional information.
Look Good/Feel Better
This program assists female cancer patients in coping with 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
at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center and the Frederick School of Cosmetology.
For details and/or to register, contact the FMH’s Regional Cancer
Therapy Center’s Support Services @ 240-566-4699 or 240-566-4698.
Cancer Support Group
For those surviving or battling this disease-we present an opportunity
for fellowship with others on a regular basis. Family members welcome!
Fridays from 10-11:30am, Monocacy Valley Church, 9861 Old National Pike,
Ijamsville, Md 21754. For more info please contact:
email@example.com or 301-865-9100.
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 Jane Garvin, R.N. 301-846-2525,
or contact the Anne-Lynn Gross Breast Cancer Resource Center, 301-846-2483,
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group (SPOHNC)
The local chapter of Support for People with Oral and head and Neck Cancer,
Inc. (SPOHNC), 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 2-3:30 pm at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
Parish Center on Rt. 75/Church St. in Libertytown, MD. For information,
please call Judith Churco @ 301-631-8159 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call prior to attending to ensure there is a meeting
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network provides direct support for bladder
cancer patients + thier loved lones through the BCAN connection. More
information is available at
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
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.
Dietary Consult for Patients treated at the Regional Cancer Therapy Center
Upon request and by appointment, a dietary consult is available at the
FMH 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 April through November Tuesday mornings, 8:00am
-11:30am & Friday mornings, 8:00am -11:30am to FMH cancer patients
and their caregivers while in active treatment. This service is provided
by FMH Volunteer Reiki Therapists at The FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center.
For information and/or to register for an appointment phone Radiation
Oncology @ (240) 566-4500 or Support Services at 240-566-4546, 240-566-4698
(SOS) Transitions To Wellness Program
Want to 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