Nobody should endure cancer alone. That’s why our Cancer LifeNet team is here to support you and your family every step of the way.

Cancer LifeNet: A Lifeline of Support

Sometimes the unknown is the biggest fear for people when they receive a cancer diagnosis.

Navigating the health care system while facing a life-threatening disease can be a major challenge. At UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Bel Air, Cancer LifeNet is a free support system for anyone in Harford and Cecil counties with cancer, no matter where they seek treatment. Offering navigation and support, Cancer LifeNet helps people cope with the physical, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of having cancer.

Nurse navigators, social workers and other specialists work alongside people diagnosed with cancer to create a safe and nurturing environment and help them cope with each stage of their cancer journey. Specially trained and with years of experience, this incredible group of professionals really is a lifeline to many, caring not only for patients, but for their families as well.

Through support groups, educational programs or just being nearby to talk, listen and comfort, these specialists support support patients and families, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Cancer LifeNet programs are used by more than 1,500 people annually.

Specialist Services

Patient Financial Advocates

Patient financial advocates help you and your family manage the financial burdens that can come with a cancer diagnosis, including:

  • assist you and your family with understanding out-of-pocket medical expenses and your insurance coverage
  • identify and assist with applying to private assistance programs to help with managing these out of pocket costs
  • help you understand insurance benefits
  • assist uninsured patients with applying for insurance or other assistance programs

Oncology Nurse Navigators

If you have any questions about the cancer treatment process, an oncology nurse navigator can share educational resources and additional insight with you, including:

  • work with you and your health care providers to guide you through the health care system
  • provide ongoing information and education to you and your family about your illness and treatments
  • provide compassionate coordination of care to assure good communication with you and your various oncology providers
  • provide survivorship care plans at end of active treatment and assists with transition into survivorship

Oncology Social Workers

Oncology social workers can guide you and your family through the complex emotions associated with cancer, as well as:

  • provide counseling to individuals and families to help you and your loved ones find the inner strength to cope with the psychological impact of cancer
  • identify community resources to assist with practical and essential needs such as transportation, food, and shelter
  • lead support groups
  • meet with you and your family to identify and communicate goals of care with your health care providers and family
  • assist you with end-of-life care planning, home health care, and transition to hospice when needed

Registered Dietician

At the Kaufman Cancer Center, the dietitian can work with you during treatment and make recommendations for the best diet, especially if you are experiencing conditions such as:

  • changes in weight (loss or gain)
  • loss of appetite
  • changes in taste
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • swallowing issues

Our registered dietitian can also offer the following support:

  • offer personally tailored nutrition advice and guidance to help you manage your unique nutritional needs during and after treatment
  • assist with meal planning, recommend nutritional supplements, and identify strategies to assure you are able to eat, enjoy your food, and maintain a healthy weight