Practical and emotional support through challenging times.Following the complex daily regimens of cancer treatment can be draining for any patient, especially for someone who may need extra assistance. GBMC's Oncology Support Services team provides free counseling, education, and connections to organizations that help patients and families shoulder their burden.
Through their familiarity and expertise with a world of available services, our team can make it possible to access a range of assistance programs such as:
- Pharmaceutical company financial assistance programs
- Referrals to support groups
- Home Care
- Palliative Care
- Patient Education Materials
- Social Security Disability
- Transportation programs
Oncology Support Program Manager
Kelly Anderson, MSW, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Worker
Kelly Anderson, MSW, LCSW-C
Kelly is an oncology social worker for GBMC's Oncology Support Services Center. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Towson University, and her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She assesses psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families, and initiates referrals to community resources on their behalf. She also provides individual and family counseling to assist patients and their families in coping with the emotional, social, and financial stresses of their illness.
Helaina Bunny Ebling
Clinical Social Worker
Oncology Social Worker
Felicity Kirby, RN, BSN, OCN
Felicity Kirby, RN, BSN, OCN
Felicity works as GBMC's Survivorship Coordinator. She helps patients and families better understand and prepare for life after cancer treatment and assists with any challenges they face during this transition. Felicity received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Allegany Community College of Maryland and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Laura is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Oncology Support Services. She received her Associates Degree from Harford Community College in General Studies, and her Bachelor's Degree in Health Education from Towson University. She's charged with the planning and operation of the GBMC Community Cancer Screening Programs, planning the Oncology Lunch and Learn Program for GBMC employees, running the monthly Look Good, Feel Better seminars for women undergoing cancer treatment, and leading fundraisers for an array of nationally recognized cancer awareness organizations.
Patient Resource Navigator
Our primary services include:
- Psychosocial support
- Referrals to appropriate community resources
- Patient handbook
In addition to these primary services, the Oncology Support Services Center houses a Cancer Resource Center, which is designed to address the vast array of cancer related informational and educational needs of patients and families. It includes:
- Journal articles
- Internet resources
GBMC staffs a Patient Navigator. This person helps patients and their caregivers access and utilize resources to help with a diagnosis and its associated challenges.View all of our services and partnerships
John M. McGovern, MD Oncology Support Services offers comprehensive cancer support from experienced social workers and a pastoral counselor. Patients and families will find psychological and social assistance, as well as help with financial issues associated with illness and outpatient treatment. Individual, group and family counseling helps patients, families and caregivers adjust to diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes. These services are provided free of charge to GBMC patients.
Patient Resource Navigator 443-849-2961
GBMC provides a Patient Navigator who helps patients and their loved ones access and utilize resources available to help cope with diagnosis and associated challenges. This program is offered free to GBMC patients.
Cancer Survivorship Program 443-849-2961
Once individuals complete cancer treatments and transition into their "new normal" life, they potentially face new issues that can impact quality of life. Survivorship Services offers programs and resources to address specific issues facing cancer survivors. A Survivorship Nurse Coordinator is available to develop an individualized life care plan that can ease a patient's fears and enhance their quality of life.
Spiritual Support Services 443-849-2054
GBMC's ministry is directed towards your spiritual well-being with a desire to be channels of support for you and your family in a variety of ways including but not limited to pastoral counseling, pastoral visitation and religious services.
HopeWell Cancer Support 410-832-2719
HopeWell provides free cancer-specific and general support groups, yoga, meditation, T'ai Chi, power hour fitness and educational series. All support services are offered in a residential setting not far from GBMC.
Look Good Feel Better 443-849-2037
The "Look Good, Feel Better" program from the American Cancer Society (ACS) helps women undergoing cancer treatment cope with appearance-related side effects of treatment. In addition, the ACS's Patient Resource Navigator at GBMC helps patients and caregivers find resources that help them cope with their illness. The focus is to help women undergoing cancer treatments to regain a sense of self confidence and to cope with appearance related side effects of treatment, including hair loss and changes in complexion and fingernails.
GBMC's free support group is composed of newly diagnosed and long-time survivors of head and neck cancer. Family members or significant others are also encouraged to attend.
Catastrophic Health Planners (CHP) 866-853-6260
A local not-for-profit organization providing free financial and legal counseling for families facing a catastrophic health event. The organization was founded by a cancer survivor who recognized first-hand that patients and families need one organization that can address many needs.
The Ulman Fund for Young Adults with Cancer 410-964-0202
A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, the Ulman Fund is working at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. The UFC enhances lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.
GBMC's Boutique provides image recovery services in private rooms that enhance emotional and aesthetic needs. It carries wigs, prosthetics, clothing, corrective make-up and skin care products and offers services that include styling and make-up application techniques.
The Red Devils 877-643-0202
The Red Devils funds services to improve quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families, including services like transportation, meals, shopping, getting to a doctors appointment, and babysitting.
Survivorship Begins with Diagnosis
Joyce was diagnosed with fallopian tube cancer in the summer of 2014, and her journey to recovery had a difficult beginning. She was referred to a local hospital for chemotherapy, but her calls to schedule appointments went unanswered.Read Joyce's Story
Frequently Asked Questions
At GBMC's Oncology Support Services, patients and their families can take advantage of free individual and/or family counseling. Through the same department, we can put you in touch with other resource opportunities, such as Hopewell Cancer Support and the American Cancer Society.
What is the Patient Resource Navigator?
When you start your treatment, you will meet with our Patient Resource Navigator, who will do a basic assessment of your needs and make appropriate referrals for resources.
I've completed my cancer treatment, but am struggling with living with my "new normal." Is there anyone that can help me?
Yes, call Oncology Support Services and ask to speak to the RN Survivorship Coordinator, who can help you on your new path. Visit our Survivorship Program to find out more.
Are there other services provided not directly oncology-patient related?
We offer low-cost and free screening programs year-round, including skin, prostate, lung and oral screenings. Call our screening line to register at 443-849-3080.