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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

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Challenges of Childhood Cancer Survivor Study

Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins are interested in learning more about the experiences and challenges of childhood cancer survivors and their caregivers related to the transition back to school after a diagnosis of cancer.  If you have a school-aged or older child who has been treated for cancer and has returned to a formal school setting, we would love to have your participation in this survey. The survey is anonymous and should take about 20 minutes to complete; this research study has been approved by the Johns Hopkins IRB. After completing the survey you may choose to enter your email address (not required) and be eligible to win one of two $50 gift cards. Thank you in advance!

Participate in the survey 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Elizabeth Offermann
Kennedy Krieger Institute
OffermannE@kennedykrieger.org

Principal Investigator:
Lisa Jacobson, PhD, ABPP
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
IRB00126818 (approved: 4/10/2017)

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General Events:

Surviving Survivorship Conference

Each Fall, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center host a free conference for cancer survivors and their caregivers.  The conference features a Luncheon Keynote, workshops for survivors and their caregivers, and exhibitors and resources from the community.  Held at a local hotel convenient to Baltimore City, Baltimore Co., Howard Co., and Montgomery Co. and includes free lunch and parking.  More Information.

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.  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 150 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:

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 Mary Capano at mcapano1@jhmi.edu.

 
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 Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb, RN, BSN, at 410-502-3098.
 

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 410-955-5367.

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 Eden Stotsky-Himelfarb, RN, BSN, at 410-502-3098.

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.