Cancer Recovery and Survivorship Program

Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

Mercy's team of doctors, clinicians and health care professionals work in concert to support patients through the complete cancer journey - from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Moving from "cancer patient" to "cancer survivor" is an exciting transition but can bring some challenges. We encourage our patients to take advantage of our survivorship offerings to make the recovery process a little more smooth and comfortable.

Individualized Care Plans

Mercy offers detailed, individualized care plans for cancer patients (depending on your cancer stage) following the completion of treatment. The plan includes: 

  • A full summary of your treatment
  • A schedule of recommended follow up appointments and tests

The plan is reviewed in-person with someone from your care team so you can ask questions and be sure you fully understand the recommendations. Ask your cancer health care specialist for more information.    

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Support Groups and Survivorship Education

Mercy hosts support groups for cancer survivors. Sessions may include facilitated group discussions or presentations by medical and clinical experts on a variety of topics relevant to cancer survivorship. 

For more information please call 410-783-5858.

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Nutrition Education

Licensed dietitians at Mercy provide expert nutrition advice for cancer patients and survivors, covering a variety of topics including hydration, positive eating habits and digestive system health. Online nutrition information is also available for cancer patients.


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Additional Recovery Resources at Mercy

Mercy provides a comprehensive set of resources to address your well-being - body, mind and soul. Learn more about services we offer and events you can participate in alongside other cancer survivors.

  • Mercy Pastoral Care Team and Chapel Services - Weekly chapel services in addition to access to professional chaplains providing spiritual and emotional support. Call 410-332-9127 for more information.
  • The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy - PT, OT and Speech Therapy by experienced, licensed therapists.
  • Lymphedema Management - Certified lymphedema therapists work closely with patients to minimize the effects of lymphedema following cancer surgery and treatment.
  • Clinical Trials - Mercy offers access to innovative clinical trials that open doors for new cancer treatments. Ask your oncologist for more information.
  • Genetic Counseling - Assists patients and their families in understanding their cancer risk and ways to prevent disease. 
  • Helping Hands Wig Program at Mercy - Women going through chemotherapy treatments are eligible for one free wig while undergoing treatment.
  • The Medi-Spa at Mercy - Offering massage, acupuncture, facials and more. Includes Angie’s Spa, a non-profit partnership to provide massage and spa services to patients undergoing cancer treatment free of charge.
  • Palliative Care Services at Mercy - Learn how to relieve symptoms, stress and improve your quality of life. Talk with your provider team regarding details and options. Call 410-627-9743.
  • Cancer Survivor Events - Mercy provides opportunities for cancer survivors to celebrate life together through a variety of events including Cancer Survivors’ Day at Mercy as well as cancer walks and team events.

 

 

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Helpful Links and Resources

 

Advance Directives

Advocacy

Beauty/Wellness/Wig Donation

Cancer Types

Caregiver Resources

Clinical Trials

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Coping with Cancer

Counseling

Financial Help/Low Cost or Free Programs

Education

  • American Cancer Society - Information about programs and resources for cancer survivors. Call 800-227-2345 day or night.
  • Cancer.Net - Information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); includes resources for patients with cancer and families.  
  • Cancer Support Community - Survivorship information. 
  • I Care - Provides valuable information to illuminate your path to well-informed therapeutic decisions.  
  • Oley Foundation - Education, advocacy and networking for individuals fed by feeding tube or IV at home.  
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance - Education, advocacy and awareness regarding ovarian cancer. 
  • Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) - Groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
  • Vital Options International - Brings awareness of cancer related issues from the perspectives of survivors, caregivers, advocates and health care professionals.

Intimacy

Journals

Nutrition

  • Food Stamps - Check with local Department of Social Service eligibility.
  • Maryland Food Bank - Distributes food to individuals and families in need.
  • Meals on Wheels - Community-based programs dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
  • Moveable Feast - Prepares and delivers nutritious meals and groceries. Provides nutritional counseling and other services to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Palliative Care and Hospice

  • Get Palliative Care - Learn how to relieve symptoms, stress and improve your quality of life.

Pregnant Survivors

  • Hope for Two - Pregnant with Cancer Network provides information, support and hope to women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant.  

Research/Prevention

Smoking Cessation

Support

Spiritual Counseling

Travel Assistance

Treatment Plan

Utilities and Household Assistance

  • All Shades of Pink - A stop-gap resource for breast cancer families in need of assistance regarding payment of a utility bill during their radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment period.
  • Catholic Charities (Baltimore Metro)
  • Cleaning for a Reason - One general house cleaning per month for two consecutive months.
  • Pink Fund - Provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment for breast cancer.
  • Red Devils - Help with meals, groceries, house cleaning, utilities, rent, mortgage, childcare, respite care.

Volunteering

  • Volunteering - Several ways to volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

 

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Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study

 

BWEL - Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study

 

The BWEL Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study will look at whether losing weight, by eating less and exercising more, changes the risk of cancer recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with early breast cancer. The study will enroll more than 3,000 patients with breast cancer in the United States and Canada.

Participants will complete health questionnaires and take height and weight measurements and a fasting blood draw at different points throughout the study.

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have been diagnosed with stage II or III breast cancer within the last 12 months
  • You have completed surgery and chemotherapy (if given)
  • You are interested in losing weight and have a body mass index (or BMI) greater than 27 kg/m2
  • You would like to receive information about health topics
  • You are willing to be randomly assigned (like a flip of a coin) to one of two groups

For more information contact Lisa McConnell, RN: 410-332-1200 or lmcconnell@mdmercy.com

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Breast Cancer Resources and Links
  • BreastCancer.org - Diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle information related to breast cancer.
  • BreastCancer360.org - Information about breast issues, written by breast surgeons. 
  • BrightPink.org - Organization that focuses on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals.
  • Her2Support.org - Provides information and support to women who have HER2 positive breast cancer. 
  • FacingOurRisk.org - For families facing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer Network Foundation - Support, education, and resources. 
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer - To connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. 
  • National Lymphedema Network - Includes information on the Marilyn Westbrook Garment Fund, providing funds for lymphedema appliances/garments. 1-800-541-3259 
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure - (Maryland Affiliate); (National
  • Sisters Network - For African American women, program provides financial assistance for mammograms, co-pays, office visits, prescription and medical-related lodging and transportation. 1-866-781-1808 
  • The Red Devils - Supporting women going through breast cancer and their families to improve their quality of life during treatment. Helps provide meals, housecleaning, special financial requests, transportation, etc.  410-377-8932 / 1-877-643-0202 
  • Breast Cancer Aware Cumberland Valley - Serves Washington and Frederick Counties in MD, Franklin and Fulton Counties in PA, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties in WV and Winchester, VA. 1-800-963-0101
  • Breast Cancer Husband by Marc Silver - Book for husbands or significant others who are care providers for their wives going through breast cancer.
  • Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine Publication - Empowering mind, body and spirit of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Sign up online for a free subscription.
  • Men Against Breast Cancer - Support for men, whose wives or significant other, have breast cancer. 1-866-547-6222 
  • myBCTeam - Social network for women facing breast cancer. 
  • Women Supporting Women - Support services in Salisbury, Berlin, Crisfield and Easton, MD.  410-548-7880 
  • Young Survival Coalition - Nonprofit organization for women under the age of 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. Provides support, education and resources.
  • Little Pink Houses of Hope - Provides FREE week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. Every beach retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey.
  • Nipple Tattooing:
  • Bcmets.org - Information and support regarding metastatic breast cancer.
  • METAvivor - Dedicated to the specific fight of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.