Support, Services & Counseling

The Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins provides professional counseling to our patients, families and care-givers with psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. 

Living With Cancer Resource Program
Offers patients, families and caregivers a variety of support groups, educational workshops and programs designed to teach patients and their families how to cope with the effects of cancer.  For more information, call (410) 955-8934.  Click here for the Living With Cancer Calendar of  Events.

Department of Oncology Social Work provides for the psychological, social, emotional, and practical needs of cancer patients and their families.  They are masters-level social workers with expertise in the specialized field of oncology.  The social workers can teach you how to manage the stress and changes that may come with cancer.  The office, located on the first floor of the Weinberg Building, Suite 1210, offers you other services as well, such as information about housing, transportation, counseling, education and support groups.  For more information, call (410) 955-8934.

The oncology social work staff is here to assist you with the following:

  • Day-to-Day Coping – Emotional support, problem-solving, counseling and referrals, groups, talking with children about cancer, guidance and support through the health care system.
  • Practical Assistance – Temporary housing, regional transportation, community cancer resources, insurance enrollment options and challenges, COBRA.
  • Money and Legal Matters – Advance Directives, Social Security, FMLA, pharmacy costs, work place communication, financial side of illness, notary services.
  • Managing Care and Caregiving – Family meetings, discharge planning, advocacy, home care, private duty and hospice information, oncology pain and palliative care services.
  • Survivorship – Celebrations of survivorship from day of diagnosis: Cancer Survivors Day, Cancer Survivors and Caregiver Conference, educational workshops.

View cancer-related websites and support groups.

Spiritual Support is another service offered at the Kimmel Cancer Center.  Whether you are newly diagnosed or in remission, we understand that you may struggle to understand why this has happened to you, feelings of guilt, anger, grief, or isolation from your faith community.  Beyond the support of our chaplaincy, which provides pastoral and spiritual care in a non-denominational setting, a private meditation room in the lobby of the Weinberg Building is open to patients and families 24-hours a day.  To make an appointment with a chaplain, call Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at (410) 502-1500.

The Resource and Transportation Coordinator attends to patients transportation needs including shuttles to and within the East Baltimore Campus.  For information, call (410) 955-6549.

Image Recovery
Operated by Image Recovery Centers, this program, located in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building in the first floor outpatient waiting area, offers services ranging from custom-made wigs, hats, scarves, pre- and postsurgical prosthesis and reconstruction products for breast cancer patients, skin and hand care products, and compression sleeves and stockings.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Phone: 410-502-5623  More information