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Cancer Survivorship Events and Programs

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is proud to offer a number of support programs and services for cancer survivors and their families. We also host and participate in a number of fund-raising and educational events to benefit cancer survivors. Following is a list of some of our most popular programs. View our ongoing list of featured news and events

General Events:

Cancer Survivors Day

Each June, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day by hosting a free celebration for cancer survivors and their families. The next event will be June 2, 2013. For more information, see The Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program

Camp Sunrise

Camp Sunrise is a week-long summer camp held in early August in Maryland, for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer. Established by the American Cancer Society in 1987, the camp started with only seven campers. Today, maintained and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s Division of Pediatric Oncology, we work with 100 or more patient campers each year. Campers are given the opportunity to establish strong peer relationships with the other children they can relate to that are going through the same experiences and feelings as they are with their cancer treatment. At Camp Sunrise, campers also gain independence from the regimen of cancer treatment, and enhance their self-confidence by trying new activities offered while attending the camp.

 

Breast Cancer Survivorship Events: 

Breast Cancer Survivor Retreats:

Since 2001 the Johns Hopkins Breast Center has held retreats for patients who have completed their acute treatment and have transitioned into short-term survivorship. These programs are two-day overnight events, one held in the spring and the other in the fall. They are designed to help breast cancer survivors who have completed acute treatment (surgery, chemo and /or radiation) of stage 0-III breast cancer re-engage in their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy again, recognizing that a diagnosis of breast cancer and its treatment is a life-altering experience. For more information, contact Deb Stewart at dstewa24@jhmi.edu.

 
A Journey of Courage and Hope -- Retreats for Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer:

Twice a year, the Breast Center conducts three-day/two-night retreats for patients with stage IV breast cancer. One is for couples to attend; the other is for patients not in a relationship to bring a female caregiver (mother, sister, daughter, or best friend). These programs are free to attend, excluding transportation. Both are held at Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, Md. For more information, contact Deb Stewart at dstewa24@jhmi.edu.

 
More information about other events.
 

Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Events:

Colon Cancer Center events

The Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center offers various programs for cancer survivors, including a colorectal cancer survivor educational program, which provides an opportunity for survivors of colorectal cancer to get together, share stories and support each other. More information

In 2012 the center hosted a couples retreat for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and their significant others. Two more retreats are planned for 2013: a retreat June 7-9 for couples facing metastatic pancreatic cancer, and a retreat Oct. 11-13 for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. More information

To speak with one of the nurse coordinators for these programs, contact Maura Kadan, RN, OCN, at mhilgar1@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3163, or Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb, RN, BSN, at 410-502-3098.
 

Pancreatic Cancer Survivorship Events:

 

In 2012 the center hosted a couples retreat for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and their significant others. Two more retreats are planned for 2013: a retreat June 7-9 for couples facing metastatic pancreatic cancer, and a retreat Oct. 11-13 for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. More information

To speak with one of the nurse coordinators for these programs, contact Maura Kadan, RN, OCN, at mhilgar1@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3163, or Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb, RN, BSN, at 410-502-3098.

 

Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Events:

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery hosts an annual patient education day in April for patients and survivors, corresponding to head and neck cancer awareness week. For more information, contact Heather Starmer, MA, CCC-SLP, at hstarme1@jhmi.edu
 

Services:

Support services

Bladder Cancer

The Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins hosts a bladder cancer support group, primarily for pre- and post-op cystectomy patients, every other month on the first Thursday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joanne Walker at 410-955-5367 or jwalker@jhmi.edu.

Breast Cancer

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center offers one-on-one support services for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients undergoing treatment at johns Hopkins. Patients are “matched” with a trained survivor volunteer of similar age at diagnosis, stage of disease and anticipated treatment plan. The patient also has a breast cancer nurse navigator for education and support who is a breast cancer survivor. Additionally there is the cancer counseling center that offers counseling and psychotherapy for patients and/or family members. More information.

Center staff also produce educational videos clips for cancer survivors after treatment, and hold quarterly webinars open to anyone. More information.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center offers a survivorship clinic for breast cancer patients who received part or all of their treatment at Johns Hopkins, to review treatment, discuss a surveillance and survivorship care plan and manage any lingering or late effects from treatment. For more information, contact Elissa Bantug at ebantug1@jhmi.edu .

 

Colorectal Cancer

 The Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center offers a buddy network, in which newly diagnosed patients are “matched” with a trained survivor volunteer. More information

 
Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Clinic

Similar to the clinic offered for breast cancer patients, the Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center offers a survivorship clinic for colorectal cancer patients who received part or all of their treatment at Johns Hopkins, to review their treatment, discuss a surveillance plan, and manage any lingering or late effects from treatment. More information.

To speak with one of the nurse coordinators for these programs, contact Maura Kadan, RN, OCN, at mhilgar1@jhmi.edu or 410-614-3163, or Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb, RN, BSN, at 410-502-3098.


Gynecologic Cancer

The ovarian cancer team has instituted an educational program for chemotherapy patients along with treatment summaries/educational materials for pre-treatment teaching. Nurse Sharon Thompson plans to implement additional survivorship interventions for chemotherapy patients to develop a generalized survivorship program for all gynecologic oncology patients. For more information, contact Ms. Thompson at 410-955-8240.

Head and Neck Cancer

Johns Hopkins hosts a monthly support group for head and neck cancer patients/survivors through Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC). Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm at Hopkins’ Greenspring Station offices in Lutherville, Md. For more information, contact Kim Webster at 410-955-1176 or Kwebste@jhmi.edu, or Dwayne Arehart at 717-615-7464 or darehart@live.com.

Leukemia


Life Clinic

The Life Clinic for childhood cancer survivors is committed to helping every childhood cancer survivor thrive after treatment. Clinic staff regularly monitor survivors’ physical, cognitive and psychosocial health.

Support services

The Leukemia Survivors’ Program offers access to a variety of support groups across the Johns Hopkins family of medical institutions to help you negotiate life after leukemia. We offer professional counseling as well as regular workshops and discussion groups where you can share information, advice and support with other survivors.

Young Adults with Cancer

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center works locally with the Ulman Cancer Fund, which offers a variety of supportive programs for young adults affected by cancer and their families, including local monthly support meetings. For more information, click here (link to class="MsoHyperlink"www.ulmancancerfund.org).

 

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