Learn more about the role of social work in cancer care from Patty Plaskon, Ph.D., LCSW-C, OSW-C, APHSW-C, an oncology social work coordinator for the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health.

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.

Survivorship Care Plan

A survivorship care plan is presented to each patient upon completion of his or her treatment.

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.

Women's Health Boutique

The Women's Health Boutique provides post-mastectomy garments, prosthetics and swimwear to accommodate the needs of pre- and post-surgery patients. Services are provided by a Certified Prosthesis Specialist and offered the third Friday of each month, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton, Maryland.

Improving Your Look and Outlook (LOL)

Improving Your Look and Outlook (LOL) is offered in partnership with Walgreen's beauty consultants. This program provides individualized consultation on maintaining a positive outlook and appearance during and after cancer treatment.

Financial Consultation

Financial consultations are available for medication and other treatment-related expenses from a network of resources. Oncology social workers match patients with appropriate programs based upon their financial needs and eligibility.

TIPPS Quality of Life

TIPPS Quality of Life is offered as individual and/or family sessions made with an oncology social worker by appointment. The oncology social worker provides guidance on financial planning, employment/disability, personal goals and long-term planning.

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. Underinsured and uninsured individuals and families are encouraged to participate.

Wellness for Women

This breast cancer prevention program is focused on identifying and educating women who are at risk for breast cancer, so early diagnosis can be made when the disease is curable. This program includes FREE screening mammograms and breast exams for uninsured and underinsured women, ages 20 to 39, and women over 64, who meet income guidelines. This program also can assist with co-pays and high deductibles for those already insured. Patients are referred by their physician, local health departments, family members and friends. Additional diagnostic testing is covered by a special program easily obtained through an application process. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 410-822-1000, ext. 7154.

Lung Cancer Screening Program

The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. This screening program uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scanning to find disease before symptoms begin. LDCT technology uses multiple cross-sectional images of the lungs, using less radiation than a standard CT scan. For eligible patients, LDCT scanning is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Patients are advised to check with their insurance providers to determine coverage.

To be eligible, patients must fall under the following categories:

  • be between the ages of 55 to 77
  • be smokers or past smokers who quit within the past 15 years
  • have a smoking history equivalent to a pack per day for 30 years
  • have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • be medically able to tolerate treatment for early-stage lung cancer, if diagnosed

A physician's referral is required. 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.

Educational Seminars

Educational seminars and programs are provided by the Cancer Program and community partners and cover various topics, including genetics and breast cancer. Please stay tuned to the Thriving and Surviving monthly newsletter and our social media as more programs become available, or ask your provider or oncology social worker for more information.

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 Resources webpage.

Cancer Support Community helps arrange free Airbnb accommodations. Please call 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.