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Patient & Family Support Programs

The effective diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer is never a simple process. The best cancer treatment plans go beyond traditional clinical care, coordinating numerous complementary and supportive services. In addition to state-of-the-art care, the Suburban Hospital Cancer Care program is dedicated to providing compassionate support for patients and their families at all points along the journey with this challenging disease. Some of the services include navigation, counseling, support groups, integrative medicine and other educational programs, health screenings and a speaker service.

Navigation/Nurse Care Coordinator

The Nurse Care Coordinator provides support and educates patients about their disease and its treatment, enabling them to more confidently make decisions and cope with their illness.

For information:

  • Barbara Doherty
  • Jamie Borns

Counseling and Support Groups

Suburban Hospital’s Cancer Program is committed to providing resources that address not only the physical but also the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis. A variety of services is offered with the goal of improving the emotional well-being and quality of life of patients and their family members.

Masters-level clinical social workers with expertise in oncology provide counseling, facilitate cancer support groups and coordinate other psychoeducational programs. Individual and family counseling are available to both hospitalized cancer patients and outpatients from the time of diagnosis through treatment and during the transition to life after treatment; these counseling services are provided free of charge. The support groups and psychoeducational programs are open to both Suburban Hospital patients and the community.

For information or to schedule an appointment, please call Susan Jacobstein, LCSW-C at 301-896-6837.

Support Groups

Facing forward: A post-treatment breast cancer support group

This six-week support group is designed to address the unique feelings and concerns that survivors face upon completion of cancer treatment. The group is facilitated by an oncology social worker. Open to breast cancer patients who have completed treatment within the past year. Registration is required. Please call 301-896-6837 for more information.

Prostate cancer patient/family support group

For patients, survivors and family members. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Preregistration is not required. Meets the third Monday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, Conference rooms 6 and 7 (lower level). Please call 301-896-6837 for more information.

Head and Neck cancer patient/family support group

This monthly support group provides an opportunity for patients and their families/significant others to share information and gain support during their treatment and recovery. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center. Guest speakers will give brief presentations at each meeting on topics of interest to group members. Drop-ins are welcome. For information contact Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837 or or Marissa Simpson at

Health Screenings

Suburban Hospital Cancer program offers free screenings throughout the year. Early detection is vital to improving treatment options and outcomes. For information about upcoming screenings, call 301-896-3939.

Skin screenings

In conjunction with the Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation and Suburban Hospital Cancer Care, certified dermatologists offer free skin screenings in May and in November by appointment. In May 2013, 60 people had full body screenings by board-certified dermatologists. Many abnormalities were diagnosed, including four basal cell cancers, one squamous cell cancer and two probable melanomas.

View a calendar of upcoming skin screening sessions at the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center.