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Cancer affects everything in a patient's life – emotions, family dynamics and even a person's ability to keep a job or simply drive to a chemotherapy appointment.

Our compassionate doctors, nurses and medical staff at the Tate Cancer Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center get to know our patients very well because of the length of their treatment beyond their view of the medical situation. They often get a more intimate glimpse of their patients' lives.

That's why, years ago, UM BWMC medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Harvinder Singh created the Patient Care & Comfort Fund. "We started this fund in our own office, where our staff members would contribute once a month. It allows us to lift small burdens from our patients, and it lets them know how much we care about them," said Dr. Singh.

The Patient Care & Comfort Fund provides a meaningful and life-changing difference in a cancer patient’s life. From providing help with food access and other necessities, to nutritional supplements or rides to doctors appointments, the fund helps patients feel supported.

In the years since then, this fund has grown with generous support, not only from our own medical community, but from the community at large. It is just another example of The Power of Caring – a power that saves lives and strengthens our resolve to provide the highest quality of care to our family members, our neighbors and our friends.

To refer a cancer patient or self-refer:

  • Talk with your Tate Cancer Center provider.
  • Contact Kelly Harris, Oncology Social Worker at 410-553-8179 or

If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact Susan Iaquinta at 410-553-8560 or