Cancer Survivorship Resources
The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors. Resources and services are available for a wide variety of concerns and needs. More information on survivorship education and services available through Johns Hopkins include the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, Michael J Garil Leukemia Survivorship Program and Colorectal Survivorship Clinic.
Is there a survivorship resource or service not included in this list? Please email us the link.
It is important for cancer survivors to have support from their caregivers, usually a family member, friend or loved one. Caregivers, in turn, also need support and guidance during the cancer treatment process and after treatment ends. Caregiver community resources include:
- Breast Cancer Survivorship Care at Johns Hopkins – online information and videos
- CancerCare -- free, professional support services (counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance) to individuals, families, caregivers, and the bereaved.
- Cancer Support Community -- an international non-profit providing support and education to people affected by cancer.
- C-Answers video – cancer caregiver video topic narrated by Laurie Singer Sievers. (This video is one of several segments devoted to the “Fine Print of Cancer,” featuring practical advice from the staff of the Patient and Family Services department at the Johns Hopkins )
- Imerman Angels – matching service for “cancer fighter or survivor” and caregivers with other patients, survivors and caregivers
- Our Cancer blog – blog written by Laurie Singer Sievers, caregiver for the late Leroy Sievers. Our Cancer is an extension of Leroy’s blog, My Cancer, and Laurie’s continuation of the blog, Our Cancer, both of which were hosted by National Public Radio. Our Cancer is now hosted by the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
- Walking on Eggshells: A Caregivers Guide – Amy Sales, a trained grief counselor at Johns Hopkins with over twenty years of experience, creates a caregivers guide to practical, real-life direction on what to do and what to say when a loved one is faced with life-threatening illness.
- Young Cancer Spouses – provides support for young spouses of adults with cancer
Survivorship Committee for the Maryland Cancer Collaborative, MD Cancer Plan:
Coping and dealing with cancer treatment and survivorship is different for every person. Counseling services are provided by the following organizations:
- CancerCare – free, professional support services (counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance) to individuals, families, caregivers, and the bereaved.
- Cancer Counseling Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center – private and group counseling services offered for Johns Hopkins cancer patients and family members
- Group Loop– professionally-moderated and mentored online support groups for teens and young adults affected by cancer, offered through the Wellness Community.
- Planet Cancer – cancer comics, advice, "cancertainment," and news geared to young adults
- Special Love– Non-profit organization focused on helping childhood cancer survivors and their families enjoy life by providing support, camps, weekend retreats, and other community based services.
Cancer survivors can experience job loss and discrimination. These resources outline information on your employment rights and responsibilities and job listings:
Fertility and parenthood are concerns for many cancer survivors. Information about the effects of cancer treatment on fertility, online support and additional resources are provided by:
Financial and Legal Resources
Cancer Legal Resource Center – telephone assistance line providing information on laws and resources for cancer patients and survivors and legal resource guide for health care professionals; a program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and the Loyola Law School Los Angeles
- Patient Resource Guide- Includes names and web addresses of many organizations that offer financial assistance to people affected by cancer.
General Information Resources
- American Institute for Cancer Research – online information for survivors
- CancerCare -- free, professional support services (counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance) to individuals, families, caregivers, and the bereaved
- CaringBridge – free, private Web sites for connecting families and friends with patients
- Help for Cancer Caregivers - resources for cancer patients and caregivers
- HopeWell Cancer Support - helping patients and loved ones cope with the life-changing impacts of a cancer diagnosis.
- Livestrong – online information, support and advocacy for cancer survivors
- National Cancer Institute – online information on life after cancer, follow-up care, statistics, and research
- National Cancer Survivors Day – annual celebrations hosted by hospitals and organizations nationwide
- People Living with Cancer – online information and resources provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Sisters Network Mission – advocacy for breast cancer in the African American community
- Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. – support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, families and friends
- Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults – support and education for young adults with cancer
- Young Survival Coalition – resources and online support for women under the age of 40 with breast cancer
- The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center – acupuncture, educational classes, lymphedema support, nutritional counseling, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and mental health counseling specifically tailored for cancer patients
- The Claudia Mayer Center at Howard County General Hospital – acupuncture, mind/body classes, social work, etc
- Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts– acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Qi Gong, yoga, meditation
Late Effects of Cancer Treatment
Physical Rehabilitation and Exercise
Oncology Rehab Partners – information on products and research
Active Survivors Network
Provides programs and personal training to help regain strength and a healthy, active lifestyle
Program for Breast Cancer Survivors (post surgery) current
Program for Breast Cancer Survivors (post treatment) begins January 2011
Contact: Kay Carney 410-823-0562
The Claudia Mayer Center at Howard County General Hospital – acupuncture, mind/body classes, social work, etc
Healing Point Acupuncture and Healing Arts – acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Qi Gong, yoga, meditation
The Maryland Athletic Club (The MAC)
Healthy Start at The MAC
60 days for $60- a supervised exercise program to "get you started"
Timonium- 110 W. Timonium Rd., Timonium,, MD 21093 410-453-9111
Harbor East- 655 South President St., Baltimore, MD 21202 410-625-5000
Hunt Valley- 11212 McCormick Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21031 410-584-7888
HopeWell Cancer Support
Stretch and Tone Classes
10628 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093 (410)-832-2719
Evolutions Body Clinic- Health, Fitness, Wellness
Ribbon Recovery Scholarship Program for breast cancer survivors
1834 George Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 410-224-7220
Contact Jessica Milligan
Lynne Brick's Health and Fitness Clubs/Brick Bodies
60 days for $60 (free to cancer survivors while in treatment with a doctor's note)
"Moving On' free program for restoring a healthy, active lifestyle for recovering breast cancer patients
14 days free trial membership
Reisterstown - 2 Charley Dr., Reisterstown, MD 21136 410-833-3386
Belvedere Square- 5911 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 410-433-8200
Perry Hall- 9634 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236 410-529-2348
Downtown- 218 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-0053
Owings Mills- 9950 Reisterstown, MD 21117 410-363-4600
Padonia- 212 W. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093 410-252-5280
GreenSpring- 10803 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093 410-825-0550
Strength & Courage
Exercises for breast cancer survivors
DVD contains exercises to help breast cancer survivors regain upper body strength and flexibility and improve posture, plus sections on aerobic conditioning and lymphedema
P.O. Box 156, Sewickley, PA 15143
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Cancer to 5K - a progressive run/walk program designed to introduce and/or reintroduce cancer survivors to training for and completing a 5K road race.
12-week training program limited to 15-20 participants
YMCA of Maryland
Exercise programs available at Health and Wellness Centers and Aquatic Centers
Baltimore City- 900 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 410-889-9622
Towson- 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD 21204 410-494-7778
Parkville- 8910 Waltham Woods Road, Parkville, MD 21234 410-663-1300
Harford County- 101 Walter Ward Blvd., Abingdon, MD 21009 410-679-9622
Carroll County- 1719 Sykesville Road, Westminster, MD 21157 410-848-3660
Howard County- 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 410-465-4334
Catonsville- 850 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228 410-747-9622
Perry Hall- 4375 Ebenezer Road, Perry Hall, MD 21236 410529-1999
Dundalk- 120 Trading Place, Dundalk, MD 21222 410-285-7616
Randallstown- 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133 410-469-4272
Lifebridge Health and Fitness
Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors
8 week wellness program
Contact: Donna Bair 410-318-6802
1836 Greene Tree Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Leading a healthy life after cancer includes proper nutrition during and after cancer treatment. Nutritional advice and resources are provided by:
Cancer treatments may affect certain aspects of sexual health. Information on concerns and resources can be found at:
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – information and advocacy
Resources for information on smoking cessation programs can be found at:
Resources for Young Cancer Patients