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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.
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.
Survivorship Care Planning
Your survivorship care provider will create an individualized treatment summary and ongoing care plan that will address your concerns about side effects of cancer treatment, including emotional, physical, cognitive or sexual health issues. This process may include:
- Review of your cancer treatment
- Assessment to detect cancer recurrence
- Identification and management of the side effects of cancer and its treatment
- Referral for routine colon and breast cancer screening
- Referrals for nutrition counseling, exercise and/or smoking cessation
- Management of menopause and sexual health
- Support groups including mentorship with other cancer survivors in a one-on-one setting
To schedule a gynecologic oncology survivorship care planning appointment, please call 410-955-8240.
Our Survivorship Events
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.
Weekend Patient and Partner Retreat
A Journey of Courage and Hope is an opportunity for couples 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 couples 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.
- Bon Secours Retreat Center
- August 9 -11, 2019
- For additional details, please contact Paula Silverman, 410-955-8240
2019 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference: Thriving Through Education and Connection
This innovative conference brings together cancer survivors, their caregivers, families, and friends for a day long educational and supportive program on quality of life and wellness, managing side effects, educating others about below the belt cancers, clinical trials, and areas of active research. The conference draws participants from 11 states and D.C. and receives superb reviews from attendees.
- Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel: 202 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
4th Annual Below the Belt Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk: Raise Awareness
Thank you to all the runners, walkers, survivors, volunteers, families and friends who made the 4th Annual Below the Belt Stride and Thrive 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk such a huge success. We look forward to seeing you in 2020! Stay tuned for more details.
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