UMGCCC Survivorship Program
To provide the highest quality of care to patients in all stages of survivorship, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) offers a multi-disciplinary Survivorship Program. The program provides support services and resources that patients may require throughout their cancer journey.
The UMGCCC team defines a cancer survivor as any person who has been diagnosed with cancer, beginning at the time of diagnosis. The Survivorship Program offers an orientation class for all new patients. This class introduces patients, their family members, and caregivers to UMGCCC and offers a variety of resources to address their physical, psychological and emotional needs. The class also teaches patients how to manage potential side effects from their cancer treatment. Classes are offered several times a week to accommodate patients’ schedules.
Additionally, the Survivorship Program provides up-to-date monthly information sessions for cancer patients and their caregivers. Topics include a wide variety of information ranging from mindfulness to finance to self-care. These sessions foster a community of healing and support, and encourage survivors to connect with their peers.
It the goal of the team at UMGCCC to provide a seamless transition from cancer care to primary care. As a cancer survivor, you will need to follow up with your primary care physician regularly to prevent, detect and treat any complications resulting from having had or having been treated for cancer.
At the end of active treatment, patients receive a Survivorship Care Plan (SCP) that summarizes treatment and outlines a plan for follow-up care as well as self-care recommendations. It is important for patients to share their care plans with all of their health care providers. The SCP equips patients with the tools and education for the journey beyond treatment.
Please ask your healthcare team for additional information about the Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program.