Support for you and your loved ones, when you need it most.

Support Services

Breast Cancer Support Services

Oncology Financial Counseling

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 James M Stockman Cancer Institute 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 at 240-566-4337 or Support Services at 240-566-4100, Option 5 then Option 1.

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 James M Stockman Cancer Institute. Contact Support Services at 240-566-4100, Option 5 then Option 1 for upcoming events.

Breast Cancer Support Group at Frederick Community College
Co-sponsored by the Anne-Lynn Gross Breast Cancer Resource Center and Frederick Regional Health System. Group meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 P.M. 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 at 301-846-2483, or visit 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'Neill at
301-694-5580 ext. 2018 or email doneill@fmh.org.

Frederick Prostate Cancer Support Group
Prostate cancer support group for both patients and family members is co-sponsored by Frederick Regional Health System and the American Cancer Society. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute. Contact Bert Hauver at 240-566-4715.

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 second Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 P.M. at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Parish Center on Rt. 75/Church Street in Libertytown, MD. For information or to register to attend please contact Judith Churco at 301-631-8159 or email atjudyduster@aol.com. Please call to register for each meeting.

Ovarian Cancer Support Group
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Frederick Chapter. Please contact Cathie Duncan at 301-788-5348 or frederick@ovarian.org.

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 James M Stockman Cancer Institute
Upon request and by appointment, a dietary consult is available at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute at no cost. Contact Frederick Regional Health System Cancer Services 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 240-566-3132 for an appointment or for more information.

Reiki Therapy
Offered free of charge on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for FRHS cancer patients in active treatment and their caregivers at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute. This service is provided by FRHS Volunteer Reiki Therapists. For scheduling information and/or to register for an appointment phone Radiation Oncology at 240-566-4100, Option 5 then Option 6.

Friday Cancer Support Group
Cancer support group for cancer patients, survivors and family members providing the opportunity for a safe place for sharing, encouragement, and fellowship. Facilitated by a local psychologist. Meets every Friday from 10:00am to 11:30am at Monocacy Valley Church, 9861 Old National Pike, Ijamsville, MD 21754. For more information please contact mvc@mvcnow.org or 301-865-9100.

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Support Group
Support group for women with genetically predisposed breast and ovarian cancer. An opportunity for participants to vent, process feelings and receive fellowship. Facilitated by Pat Rice, CRNP. Group meets quarterly at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute on the 2nd Tuesday of January, April, July and October from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Register at price@fmh.org.