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Support Services

Nurse Navigator

Each patient has access to Suburban Hospital's Nurse Navigator program. Nurse navigators provide cancer patients with resources and guidance for everything from appointment scheduling and insurance questions to helping with transportation and childcare.

Jamie Borns, RN, BSN, works with patients diagnosed with cancers. Jamie has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is dedicated to advancing the role of the oncology nurse navigator. She is passionate about providing the highest quality of care and support to cancer patients. Jamie is available by phone at 301-896-6798 or by email at JBorns1@jhmi.edu.

Genetic Counseling

Some people, whether due to family history or factors such as abnomal biopsy reports, may be at an increased risk of developing breast or varian cancer. Here are several risk factors to consider. (Please note: These risk factors are only guidelines. Your individual risk may depend on other factors.

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Personal or family history of ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman
  • Personal or family history of male breast cancer
  • Breast and/or ovarian cancer in multiple generations
  • Membership in a population known to carry a founder mutation (such as the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Personal history of an abnormal breast biopsy (atypical hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia, for example)

If you have one or more of the following factors, you may wish to make an appointment for a cancer risk assessment. Suburban Hospital's Risk Assessment team is available to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, call Judy Macon at 301-896-2445.

Social Workers

Clinical Oncology Social Workers

The Clinical Oncology Social Workers provide emotional support to patients and their families from the time of diagnosis through treatment and during the transition to life after treatment.They help patients cope with many challenges a cancer diagnosis brings through counseling, support groups and psychoeducational programs. Our social worker is Susan Jacobstein, LCSW-C 301-896-6837.

Nutrition Counseling 

Adequate nutrition is a concern for many cancer patients. Our oncology dietitian is available to meet with you, one on one, to help you eat better and feel more comfortable throughout your cancer treatment. The oncology dietitian is available for the following:

  • Eating through cancer treatments
  • Assuring diet adequacy and weight maintenance
  • Dietary supplement evaluation
  • What to eat after cancer therapy
  • Other food-related issues that might be a concern

Any Suburban cancer patient — inpatient or outpatient — may meet with our registered dietitian. To consult with the dietitian at any stage of your treatment, ask your breast surgeon or nurse in the radiation oncology, infusion or oncology inpatient department to refer you to the program.

Rehabilitation Services

Suburban Hospital has a partnership with National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), which provides rehabilitation services for those coping with the effects of cancer surgery, including lymphedema. For more information, call 301-581-3030.