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Patient & Family Support Programs

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Nurse Care Coordinator

Support Groups Screenings

Effective diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer is never a simple process. The best cancer treatment plans go beyond traditional clinical care, coordinating numerous complementary and supportive services. In addition to state-of-the-art care, the Suburban Hospital Cancer Care program is dedicated to providing compassionate support for patients and their families at all points along the journey with this challenging disease. Some of the services include navigation, counseling, support groups, integrative medicine and other educational programs, health screenings, and a speaker service.

Navigation/Nurse Care Coordinator

The Nurse Care Coordinator provides support and educates patients about their disease and its treatment, enabling them to more confidently make decisions and cope with their illness. For information call Barbara Doherty at 301-896-6782 or Jamie Borns at 301-896-6798.

Counseling and Support Groups

Suburban Hospital’s Cancer Program is committed to providing resources that address not only the physical but also the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis. A variety of services is offered with the goal of improving the emotional well-being and quality of life of patients and their family members.

Masters-level clinical social workers with expertise in oncology provide counseling, facilitate cancer support groups, and coordinate other psycho-educational programs. Individual and family counseling are available to both hospitalized cancer patients and outpatients from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and during the transition to life after treatment; these counseling services are provided free of charge. The support groups and psycho-educational programs are open to both Suburban Hospital patients and the community. For information or for an appointment, call Janet Connors, LCSW-C, at 301-896-2192 about oncology inpatients; or call Susan Jacobstein, LCSW-C, at 301-896-2193 about adult surgery inpatients or oncology outpatients.

Support Groups

Hematology Cancer Support Group
This monthly support group is open to all leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma patients and their family members. It offers an opportunity for mutual support and education. Guest speakers will provide valuable information and guidance. Drop-ins are welcome. Co-sponsored by he Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 pm at Suburban Hospital.  For information call Hunter Robinson at 703-399-2940.

Facing Forward:  A Post-Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group
This six-week support group is designed to address the unique feelings and concerns that survivors face upon completion of cancer treatment. The group is facilitated by an oncology social worker. Open to breast cancer patients who have completed treatment within the past year. Registration is required.   Please call 301-896-2193 for more information.

Prostate Cancer Patient/Family Support Group
For patients, survivors and family members. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Pre-registration is not required. Meets the third Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm at Suburban Hospital, Conference Rooms 6 & 7 (lower level).  Please call 301-896-2193 for more information.

Health Screenings

Suburban Hospital Cancer program offers free screenings throughout the year. Early detection is vital to improving treatment options and outcomes. For information about upcoming screenings, call 301-896-3939.

Skin Screenings

In conjunction with the Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation and Suburban Hospital Cancer Care, certified dermatologists offer free skin screenings in May and in November by appointment. In May 2013, 60 people had full body screenings by board-certified dermatologists.  Many abnormalities were diagnosed, including 4 basal cell cancers, 1 squamous cell cancer and 2 probable melanomas.

For information about the next skin screening at the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, click here.