Category Archives: Cancer Services

Breast Cancer Support Group to Hold Meeting in Queenstown

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untitledThe Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will be taking its Breast Cancer Support Group on the road to Queenstown on Tuesday, September 22. The group, which normally meets at the Cancer Center in Easton, will meet this month at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, 125 Shoreway Drive, from 6-7:30pm. Sharon Richter, BSN, RN, CCRC, OCN, clinical research nurse at the Cancer Center, will be the guest speaker, offering a presentation about “Bone Health for Cancer Survivors.” Support group discussion will be facilitated by Patricia Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, the Cancer Center’s coordinator of oncology social work.

The Breast Cancer Support Group is offered free of charge as part of the Cancer Recovery and Survivorship Program (CARES). Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month. For additional information or to register for the support group meeting, contact the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings to be offered at Cancer Center

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John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

John Foley, MD, Christopher Runz, DO, Christopher Parry, DO, Duane Cespedes, MD, and John Knud-Hansen, MD, of Shore Comprehensive Urology, will be providing free prostate cancer screenings at the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Studies show that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  In an effort to promote early detection of prostate cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men, free prostate cancer screenings will be offered on Wednesday, September 23 at the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, located at 509 Idlewild Avenue in Easton.  Screenings are being coordinated by the Cancer Center and the Talbot County NAACP.  Drs. Duane Cespedes, John Foley, John Knud-Hansen, Christopher Parry and Christopher Runz of Shore Comprehensive Urology will be assisting with the screenings, which will be provided from 5-8pm.

Those interested in the screening are encouraged to discuss the testing with their primary care providers to determine if the PSA blood test will benefit them in the early detection of prostate cancer and other prostate health issues.

The screenings are open to the public.  Uninsured and underinsured are welcome to participate.  Pre-registration is required for screening and space is limited.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

Relay for Life Team Gearing Up for Annual Event

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rfl-logoRelay for Life of Talbot County is just around the corner, however, it’s not too late to join UM Shore Regional Health’s team – the SRCC Cancer Caregivers – who will be participating in the annual event on Saturday, September 19 from 12pm-10pm at Easton High School.

The team – consisting of staff members of the UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center and Comprehensive Breast Center, along with family members, co-workers, and friends – has been participating in the annual event for 19 years.

In honor of this being the 30th anniversary of the first Relay for Life Event, the theme of this year’s event will be The 80’s and the SRCC Cancer Caregivers will be representing that theme by going “Back to the Future.”

For additional information about Relay for Life Talbot County or to join a team, visit relayforlife.org/talbotmd or contact one of the following SRCC Cancer Caregivers team members:

Teri Dulin, Team Captain:
Phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5355
E-mail:  theresa.dulin@umm.edu or mt011098@yahoo.com

Paula Larrimore, Committee and Team Member:
Phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5104
E-mail: plarrimore@umm.edu 

Melissa Kelly, Committee and Team Member
Phone: 410-822-1000, ext. 5411
E-mail: melissa.kelly@umm.edu

Plaskon Recognized by Soroptimist International of Talbot County

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Patricia Plaskon

Patricia Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C

Patricia Plaskon, PhD, LCSW-C, OSW-C, coordinator of Oncology Social Work at the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Soroptimist International of Talbot County (SITC) Live Your Dream Awards Banquet.

In addition to delivering the keynote speech, Plaskon was presented with the Soroptimist Ruby Award, which honors a woman who as worked to improve the lives of women and girls throughout her professional and personal work. Along with the award, the organization made a $100 donation in Plaskon’s name to the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Soroptimist International – a name that means “best for women” –  is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Ask the Expert Series Begins Tuesday, October 1 in Queenstown with Breast Cancer Talk

Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health's Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, Medical Director, Radiology, will speak on "What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care."

Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, Medical Director, Radiology, will speak on “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.”

Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, medical director for radiology for UM Shore Regional Health, will kick off the “Ask the Expert” Series on Tuesday, October 1 with a free educational talk about “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.” The talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown.

Current dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:

  • Roberta Lilly, MD, UM Shore Regional Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care,” 7:00 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;
  • Richard Fritz, MD, Shore Pediatrics, “Keeping your Children Healthy this Season,” Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Talbot County Library, Easton;
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC, “Management of Back Pain,” Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton;
  • Dale Reddish Jafari, MSN, FNP-BC, Shore Women’s Care, “Women’s Health: When Should I Be Screened?” Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton.
  • Anna Ahn, MD, Midshore Pulmonary Associates, “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease,” Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Talbot Senior Center, Easton;
  • Duane Cespedes, MD, Shore Comprehensive Urology/The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.
  • Jaclyn Weston, BSN, RN-BC, Nurse Manager for Behavioral Health. “Stress and Depression: Tips for Coping with the Holiday Blues.” Tuesday, November 11, 2:00 p.m., Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge.

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

Breast Center Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Ribbon Event

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center hung pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

“October is a great time to remind people about the importance of prevention and education when it comes to their breast health,” says Roberta Lilly, MD, Medical Director for Shore Regional Breast Center. “Regular mammography screening can help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.”’

 

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Breast Cancer Awareness Month Activities

Staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center joined members of the community at last year’s Pink Ribbon ceremony to adorn the tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton with pink ribbons. The tree serves as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, September 27 at 11am.

Staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center joined members of the community at last year’s Pink Ribbon ceremony to adorn the tree in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton with pink ribbons. The tree serves as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This year’s ceremony takes place on Friday, September 27 at 11am.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health will promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with various activities throughout the month, all aimed at increasing awareness of the disease and the services available for prevention and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually.

 Some of the planned activities include the following:

Pink Ribbon Hanging: To kick off the activities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and volunteers from UM Shore Regional Breast Center will hang pink ribbons in honor of those patients who were treated by the Breast Center in the past year. These ribbons will be hung on the large tree in the front circle at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. A public ribbon ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 11am. Once adorned with these ribbons, the tree will serve as a month-long reminder of the friends, neighbors and loved ones whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. This tree will be lit with pink lights throughout the month.

Penny McCafferty of Headrush 180 adds a pink per extension to Edla Coleman’s hair during last year’s Pink Hair fundraiser.

Penny McCafferty of Headrush 180 adds a pink per extension to Edla Coleman’s hair during last year’s Pink Hair fundraiser.

 Pink Hair Fundraiser: Local salons are partnering with UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. On Thursday, September 26, stylists from Headrush 180 will be at UM Shore Regional Breast Center to provide pink extensions. Tara Leigh from Shear Attitude of Cambridge will be at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester on October 2 from 7-10am and 10am-2pm. Outreach workers will be on hand at the 7-10am session to provide breast screening education.Pink Extensions will also be available at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center on October 16 from  4-6pm. Cost per extension will be $10 and proceeds benefit UM Shore Regional Breast Center. Participants will earn five Shore Shape Wellness points. Other dates for additional UM Shore Regional Health locations will be announced later this month. Payroll deduction is only available for the September 26 hair extensions.

Tree of Hope: To honor a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, members of the public may come to the UM Shore Regional Breast Center and hang a pink ribbon on the Tree of Hope. The ribbons have space to write a loved one’s name or message and can be done in honor or remembrance. Visitors may come to the Tree of Hope Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Open House and Cancer Survivor Art Gallery Opening: The UM Shore Regional Breast Center art gallery will mark its fourth anniversary with an exhibit that features the art of breast and cancer survivors. The cancer survivor art exhibit opens on Friday, October 4 at the Breast Center. The public is invited to the grand opening of the exhibit, from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will continue through the end of the year. The public is invited to attend an Open House, 3-4pm, to tour UM Shore Regional Breast Center and meet the staff.

Grand Opening, The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown: Capping off a busy month of breast cancer awareness activities on October 31 will be the long-awaited opening of The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UMSMC at Chestertown. The Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center is funded by a generous bequest by Eleanor and Ethel Leh, and an extensive community grassroots campaign led by UMSMC at Chestertown employees. The Center features a advanced diagnostic equipment, including a 3-D digital mammography machine with tomosynthesis, which is the latest technology available in breast imaging technology.

“Ask the Expert” Series Kicks off in October with Breast Cancer Presentation

Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, medical director for radiology for UM Shore Regional Health, will kick off the “Ask the Expert” Series on Tuesday, October 1 with a free educational talk about “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.” The talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown.

Current dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:

  • Roberta Lilly, MD, UM Shore Regional Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care,” 7:00 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;Richard Fritz, MD, Shore Pediatrics, “Keeping your Children Healthy this Season,” Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Talbot County Library, Easton;
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC, “Management of Back Pain,” Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton;
  • Anna Ahn, MD, Midshore Pulmonary Associates, “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease,” Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Talbot Senior Center, Easton;
  • Duane Cespedes, MD, Shore Comprehensive Urology/The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or cwright@shorehealth.org.

UM Shore Regional Health, Community Partners, offer free prostate cancer screenings

There is no better time than September — during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — for men to get their annual prostate cancer screenings.  Although prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men, prostate cancer is often treatable if detected early.

UM Shore Regional Health has partnered with Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center-MOTA (Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance) and the Talbot County NAACP, in conjunction with the Prostate Conditions Education Council, to provide free prostate cancer screenings on Thursday, Sept. 26. Appointments are available between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, located at 509 Idlewild Avenue in Easton.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 238,590 men will learn they have prostate cancer this year and more than 29,000 men will die from the disease. African-American men are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer, having higher rates of prostate cancer diagnosis and death than men of all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. Almost one third of prostate cancer cases are found in men during their prime years at work.

Screenings are free, but advance registration is required. To schedule an appointment for Sept. 26, call UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center at 410-820-6800.

Mum Sale Benefits Relay for Life

The Shore Regional Health Cancer Center Relay for Life team is preparing for its annual mum sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit the American Cancer Society’s Talbot County Relay for Life fundraiser.

Potted 8-inch mums in a variety of fall colors are available for $8 a pot. Pre-sale orders, which must be placed by September 10, will be available for pick-up at Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue in Easton, on September 11. The sale continues on Wednesday, September 12 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the lobbies of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street, and UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, 300 Byrn Street in Cambridge. Payroll deduction is available.

The Relay for Life mum fundraiser is sponsored by the Shore Regional Health Cancer. For more information and to place an advance order, contact Amye Foxwell at afoxwell@shorehealth.org or 410-820-6800.

 

CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group Offers Friendship, Hope

: Members of the CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group include from left to right, Bill Schrieves, Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, group facilitator, Denise McDonald, Clyde Blades and Melvin Ward.

: Members of the CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group include from left to right, Bill Schrieves, Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, group facilitator, Denise McDonald, Clyde Blades and Melvin Ward.

Soldiers who share the field of battle are known to walk away from the front lines with an almost impenetrable bond with their fellow comrades. The same can often be said for those who go through a cancer journey. While each experience is unique, the lessons learned and issues endured during one’s cancer battle creates a special kinship with fellow survivors that helps survivors navigate the days, week and months long after their treatments are complete.

That kinship can be felt in the meetings of the CARES Cancer Survivors Group, which meets the first and third Thursday evening at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center. Survivors like Bill Shrieves of Easton and Denise McDonald of Denton faithfully attend each meeting because of the openness and ability to talk about just about anything the group wants to share that day.

“The camaraderie is almost instant – it is a really beautiful thing,” says Shrieves, a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor who has been coming to the CARES Cancer Survivors Support group for over two years. “Sometimes there are things that you just don’t want to burden your family with. You might be dealing with an issue that someone else has already been through so this group provides a safe environment to gain from that.”

For McDonald, a six-year breast cancer survivor, the group offers a safe environment to share news of all kinds.

“They really listen. You can cry, you can laugh, you can swear – we are all here for each other,” she says. “We are like a family.”

While the group has many of the same members at each meeting, no meeting is ever the same – and new members are always welcome.

“No topic is really off limits and it is always different every week,” adds Clyde Blades, a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor. “You never know when something that you bring up will be something someone else is going through too.”

The CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group is facilitated by Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, aclinical social worker. According to Loving, the group includes members in all stages of survivorship, including some with recurrent cancer diagnoses.

“We just want to let people know that where ever they are on their cancer journey, they are not alone. Attending the group for the first time can be difficult; people don’t know what to expect. But our members are so caring; newcomers are embraced immediately.”

Melvin Ward, a three-time cancer survivor, relies on the support group to help keep his spirits up through what has been a very long battle with the disease.

“Coming to support group has really helped me with my coping mechanisms – it can be a daily struggle,” says Ward, who admits that his long-term cancer treatments for has taken a toll on his body. “I might come and hear about a new article or new research or just find my voice but coming to these meetings helps me keep a positive outlook.”

The CARES Cancer Survivors Support Group welcomes new members. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at the UM Shore Regional Health Cancer Center, located at 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  For more information call 410-820-6800, ext. 2257 or 443-254-5940.

Nurse Finds Inspiration After Cancer Journey

 

Kim Brice, MSN, RN, CCRN, a University of Maryland Shore Regional Health employee and ovarian cancer survivor, third from left, takes a moment to thank members of the nursing team who took care of her during her recent cancer journey. Pictured from left are Jennifer Miles, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for, 2 East Multi-Specialty Care Unit, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Mary Collins, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Coordinator; Brice and Shannon Seek, RN, OCN. Brice attributes the exceptional care she received locally as being the motivation behind her quest to give back to the community and raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

Kim Brice, MSN, RN, CCRN, a University of Maryland Shore Regional Health employee and ovarian cancer survivor, third from left, takes a moment to thank members of the nursing team who took care of her during her recent cancer journey. Pictured from left are Jennifer Miles, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for, 2 East Multi-Specialty Care Unit, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton; Mary Collins, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Coordinator; Brice and Shannon Seek, RN, OCN. Brice attributes the exceptional care she received locally as being the motivation behind her quest to give back to the community and raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

As a longtime nurse in the intensive care unit and clinical education coordinator for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Kim Brice, RN, knows the high level of care that is available to Mid-Shore residents close to home and family. She never knew just how good that care was however, until she began her own cancer journey. The Easton resident and mother of four was diagnosed with Advanced Stage IIIC ovarian cancer in the summer of 2012. From that moment on, she says she understood for the first time what many of her patients had gone through.“I had always been healthy so I was fortunate that I had never received such a life-changing diagnosis before,” says Brice. “Now that I have been through my journey, I understand that ‘blank look’ you get after you receive unexpected news about your health and how it feels to suddenly be dependent on others to take care of you. I think that today, having been through that, I can relate better to them.”

While Brice’s ovarian cancer protocol was one that had never been performed at UM Shore Regional Health’s Cancer Center, the physicians and staff did not hesitate – and neither did Brice.

“It was a unique dose of chemotherapy with a unique port location but they never hesitated in offering me the option to get my treatments here,” says Brice.  Additionally, she was given designated nurses at the Cancer Center and UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, who prepared her for her weekly chemo treatments.  

Brice continues, “They did an amazing job — no one should ever have to leave the Mid-Shore to get the care that they need. To be able to get those treatments close to home made a world of difference for me and my family.”

Now that Brice has completed her treatments and is one-year cancer free, she is finding new ways to give back to the community – and to the patients that she cares for.

“I understand how badly you feel after chemotherapy – how even the slightest movement around your port can be so painful,” says Brice. “When I see these patients in the ICU, I understand the extra emotional and physical needs that they have and can be a better nurse to them in the process.”

In addition to improving her nursing practice, one of the ways Brice plans to give back is to share her story of success with other cancer patients at UM Shore Regional Health.

“They were amazing with my treatments,” adds Brice. “Everyone was in sync and went the extra mile to make sure I was getting the best possible care. I saw others that were getting care who were treated the same way – it wasn’t just because I was a fellow nurse. They are truly the best at what they do.”

Kim plans to participate in a 5K walk to benefit the Central Maryland Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition later this fall. Brice is raising funds and looking for teammates for the walk, which takes place on September 29. Brice welcomes team members and donations to the team. To learn more please contact her at 410-490-9849 or kbrice@shorehealth.org.

“When you go through the kind of journey that I have been through and received the kind of care I have, you feel compelled to give back,” adds Brice. “I just want people to know the kind of services and people that we have right here on the Mid-Shore at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.”

Breast Cancer Support Group Speaker to Discuss Lymphedema

The next meeting of the CARES Breast Cancer Support Group will feature UM Shore Regional Health Occupational Therapist Jen Pierson, OT, who will speak on “Lymphedema: What You Need to Know.” The next meeting takes place Tuesday, August 27 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the UM Shore Regional Breast Center.  The newly formed CARES Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Additional dates include the following:

September: Depression: What is it and how is it treated?
October: Open House and tour of Shore Regional Breast Center

For more information about the group or future topics, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.