Programs and Services - Cancer Institute - Education and screening


Due to the recent cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, we are canceling our classes, events, support groups and meetings until further notice. This is being done to protect our patients, staff and visitors. We will announce on this page and on Facebook when events will resume as normal.

To find out if a program has a virtual option or is being held, please contact the individual programs in this section.

Thank you for your understanding.

At the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center's Cancer Institute (UM SJMC), highly skilled medical professionals are setting new standards for cancer treatment, working together as a cohesive team and sharing innovative strategies. Here, cutting edge technologies meet compassionate, personal attention under one roof.

Cancer Outreach Program

The Cancer Outreach Program at UM SJMC reaches people in their communities. A variety of resources, programs, and classes are available to help patients learn more about cancer prevention, screening, treatment, disease-specific information, and survivorship issues.

Support Services

  • Nurse Navigator/Coordinator: a dedicated nurse navigator/coordinator helps patients and loved ones through the entire cancer treatment process. For more information, please call: 410-427-5585
  • Genetic Counselor: provides patients and family members with education about their screening options and genetic testing for hereditary cancer risks.
  • Oncology Social Worker: provides counseling, support groups, and educational programs for patients and families, helps with transportation, financial assistance, home and hospice care, and referrals to other community resources.
  • Dietitian: offers tailored nutrition advice and counseling to promote health and wellness during and after treatment. A registered dietitian, specializing in oncology, is available to: assist patients and caregivers plan an optimal diet during any stage of the journey, help patients cope with side-effects and answer questions about the latest findings on cancer and nutrition.
  • Spiritual Care: Chaplain services and spiritual care provide support to meet the spiritual needs of cancer patients and their loved ones.
  • Patient Library: a comprehensive information center for people interested in learning more about cancer-related issues.
  • Palliative Care: services offered by our Palliative Care Team help manage the physical and emotional symptoms of the treatment of cancer and serious illnesses. Learn more about our palliative care.

Education Classes

We offer classes on nutrition and emotional support during your treatment. For More information on classes and support services, please call 410-427-5585.

Survivorship Programs

  • SOS (Survivors Offering Support): provides peer-to-peer support for breast cancer patients. Learn more about SOS.
  • Partner Support Program: a workshop for spouses and significant others of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
  • Transition to Wellness: a workshop to provide coping tools and information as patients enter the wellness phase as a breast cancer survivor. Learn more about Transition to Wellness.

To learn more about support groups and programs, please call 410-427-5585.

Cancer Screenings

At UM St. Joseph Medical Center, cancer screenings are provided for the community throughout the year. Early detection is key, and there are steps you can take to detect cancer early when it is most treatable.

Screening 80% Pledge Program

  • Ongoing colon screenings are offered in partnership with the Baltimore County Cancer Program.
  • If you do not have coverage or have high out-of-pocket costs for a colonoscopy, you could be eligible to receive assistance.
  • Please call Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3456.

Low-Dose Lung Screening

  • Screenings are held throughout the year at Advanced Radiology, in cooperation with UM SJMC Cancer Institute.
  • Please call your primary care physician to see if you qualify.

For More information about upcoming screenings, please call 410-337-1479 or check the community calendar for upcoming screenings and events.

Ostomy Care and Education

Board-certified nurses who specialize in ostomy care and rehabilitation help patients adjust comfortably to life with an ostomy. They provide comprehensive teaching, counseling and care for individuals with colostomies, ileostomies, and urinary diversions. Learn more about The Ostomy Center at UM St. Joseph Medical Center.

Oncology Magazine

View the oncology magazine Inside Looking Out. Stories of hope and health from the UM SJMC Cancer Institute.

2018 Oncology Magazine