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The Susan L. Burgert M.D. Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program
The Susan L. Burgert, M.D. Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program honors the legacy of one of its founders, Dr. Susan L. Burgert, who dedicated herself to empowering gynecologic cancer survivors, raising funds to support research and increase awareness, and founded the annual Below the Belt Run/Walk until her passing in December 2017. The program continues to dedicate itself to guiding gynecologic oncology patients through their cancer care and beyond, helping them to not only survive their cancer, but also thrive through the process. This unique program, one of the few standalone gynecologic oncology survivorship programs, begins in the office with comprehensive, compassionate care of the gynecologic oncology patient, continues through referrals to supportive services and extends out into the community, increasing education and awareness. We use our experience and dedication to help women’s cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest.
- Stephanie Wethington, M.D., M.Sc., Program Director
- Nancy Farruggia, R.N., Administrative Coordinator
- Paula Silverman, Program Coordinator
Supportive services for gynecologic cancer patients
Kelly's Angels and the "Little Big Things" Program
Through the generosity of a robust volunteer network, Kelly’s Angels, each woman newly diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer is comforted with the “Little Big Things.” The program provides woman newly diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer a bag of items to help comfort and relax them during treatment (for example, gorgeous hand-knit hats and scarves in the wintertime, journals, and self-care products). The bag is hand delivered, a personal connection made, and an offer of company during treatment extended. Kelly’s Angels also serve as the volunteer backbone of our Annual Below the Belt Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk and Survivorship Conference. For more information on this program, please contact Paula Silverman at 410-502-1512.
We've compiled a list of helpful patient resources. View the resource guide here.
Featured in the News
Dr. Wethington is featured on "On Time" with local CBS news reporter Tracey Leong. Learn about the types of gynecologic cancers, advancements in treatment for these cancers, and the Survivorship program's upcoming events. Watch the segment here.
Local CBS news reporter Jessica Kartalija interviews the leadership and volunteers of the Kelly's Angels program. Watch the segment here to learn more about how Kelly's Angels supports women with gynecologic cancers.
Our Survivorship Events
6th Annual Below the Belt Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk
We are excited to announce that this year's Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk will be held on June 6, 2021. This virtual event will bring together gynecologic cancer survivors, their caregivers, family and friends, health care providers, and the local community to raise gynecologic cancer awareness, encourage wellness and educate women to seek out expert care.
New this year: our Healthy Road Campaign. Join us for many fun community events – such as educational webinars around nutrition, physical fitness and self-care, monthly lunches and a walking group – leading up to this year’s race. On the day of the Stride and Thrive, prizes will be awarded to those who best maintained their personal commitment to movement as part of the campaign.
A new diagnosis of cancer can be a very distressing experience for patients and their loved ones. Patients have identified that speaking with other cancer survivors with a similar diagnosis and/or those having undergone or completed treatments helps to alleviate distress. Supported by a grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, the Woman-to-Woman program facilitates our patients connecting with one another to build a supportive bond and connection.
The Brotherhood of Caring
The Brotherhood of Caring is our newest offering. This unique program unites the male caregivers of women with gynecologic cancers and offers the opportunity to connect and provide each other with mutual support. Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently being held on Zoom. These sessions include elements of casual conversation, education, and guided exploration of the experiences of male caregivers. For more information, please email Paula Silverman at email@example.com.
Weekend Patient and Partner Retreat
Strength in Survivorship is an opportunity for women and their caregivers to retreat from the routines of treatment and daily life to experience a program of individual and mutual healing and renewal. The weekend retreat is a time for respite, reflection, and sharing as attendees are guided through discussion about the challenges and struggles of living with cancer, as well as methods of coping and finding hope in the present. For additional details, please contact Paula Silverman at 410-955-8240.
2019 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference: Thriving Through Education and Connection
Thank you for joining us, cancer survivors, their caregivers, families and friends at this year's Survivorship Conference for a day long educational and supportive program on cancer survivorship and innovation in research and treatment.
An attendee was "very impressed with the conference" and really amazed by "the camaraderie of the survivors and of the doctors with patients."
Our Survivorship Stories
Hear how we support women from cancer diagnosis through their journey of survivorship.
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