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The Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health has partnerships with a network of community partners, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cancer Care, the American Cancer Society, the Chesapeake Multiple Myeloma Network (CMMN) and other organizations to offer classes, support groups and other resources for cancer patients and their caregivers.

These resources specifically help cancer patients and their families to overcome various obstacles and lessen the financial, legal and emotional burdens of cancer. Services include counseling, advocacy, assistance with financial needs, in-home assistance and medical equipment and supplies.

Look Good...Feel Better

LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER is a program offered by the National Cosmetology Association and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. The program teaches patients beauty techniques that help them cope with hair loss and skin changes during cancer treatment. The program is available on a monthly basis at the Cancer Center. For additional information, please call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Pat Shortall Wig Room

The PAT SHORTALL WIG ROOM provides hats and other accessories to patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation. Wigs are available and are free of charge. To schedule an appointment, please call 410-820-6800, ext. 5362.

Preventive Screenings

In collaboration with local physicians and community partners, the Cancer Center offers a number of preventive screenings throughout the year, including screenings for skin cancer and prostate cancer. Additionally, the Cancer Center provides educational opportunities focusing on topics such as colon cancer. All screenings are free and open to the public. Under-insured and uninsured individuals and families are encouraged to participate.

For more information about upcoming screenings, please call the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

Road to Recovery

ROAD TO RECOVERY is an American Cancer Society program that provides volunteer drivers who offer cancer patients free transportation to scheduled medical appointments.

For additional information or to arrange for a ride, please call 1-888-227-6333 or visit the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery webpage. Patients and families can call directly for more information or to schedule rides. Note: Five business days notice is required.

Survivors Offering Support Program

The SURVIVORS OFFERING SUPPORT (SOS) Program pairs women who have breast cancer with trained volunteer mentors who are breast cancer survivors. This important source of emotional support and resources can help make the breast cancer journey an easier one to navigate.

For additional information about mentor services available or information about becoming a mentor, please call 410-822-1000, ext. 7161.

Additional Transportation Support

CANCER CARE, INC. is available for inquiries related to stipends for treatment-related travel. For more information, please call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit Cancer Care, Inc.'s Transportation
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CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY - Free Airbnb accommodations can be arranged by calling 1-877-793-0498 or visiting Cancer Support Community's Free Housing for Patients Traveling for Cancer Treatment webpage.

Virtual Support Available

CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY - Talk to a counselor by phone, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by calling 1-888-793-9355. You may also chat online with a counselor or join professionally moderated online support groups and discussion boards by visiting the Cancer Support Community's Helpline webpage.

CANCER CARE, INC. - Support groups for specific cancer types are offered over the phone by calling 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or online by visiting the Cancer Care, Inc. Support Group webpage. You also may listen to educational topics related to your cancer diagnosis by calling 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or by visiting the Cancer Care, Inc. Connect Education Workshops webpage.

Tools for Organizing Information and Communicating with Others

Create a private webpage for family and friends to keep up to date with your diagnosis and needs so you and they can determine the best way to help you through your diagnosis. You also can set up calendars and appointment reminders, and connect to others undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment by visiting:

CANCER CARE, INC. - My Lifeline can help you and your loved ones navigate your diagnosis and treatments.

CARING BRIDGE - Discover How it Works and set up your own site here.