Patient Information - Cancer
The Cancer Center works with a number of physicians and surgeons, from multiple specialty areas, many of whom are part of the medical staff at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. Our partnership with these medical professionals helps to ensure that our patients have access to comprehensive care and treatment.
Financial support is available for medication and other treatment-related expenses from a network of resources. Oncology financial representatives work with patients and their families to understand the financial aspects of cancer treatments at the Cancer Center. They offer counseling on assessing insurance coverage, payment issues, account follow up and payment resolution. Also, they work in collaboration with the oncology social workers, who match patients with appropriate programs based upon their financial needs and eligibility. Financial counselors are on-site to assist patients.
Oncology Social Work
When diagnosed with cancer, patients interact with multiple medical specialists. A cancer diagnosis can interrupt a patient's daily routine, finances, relationships, work and plans for the future. As treatment progresses, the types of questions that patients may have and the resources needed may change.
Oncology Social Workers can assist patients and their families with:
- Knowledge of how people live with cancer
- Available support services
- Communication with the patient's treatment team and family members
- Ways to cope with problems throughout the cancer journey
- Listening to questions and concerns
Oncology social workers assist patients and their families in times of crisis, but they also work on long-term planning. Together with the patient and family, oncology social workers find the best plan to manage whatever challenges have been caused by cancer and help cancer survivors adjust to their "new normal" as they begin their survivorship.
To speak with an oncology social worker, call the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.