Specialty and Support Services
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) provides patients with all of the evaluation, diagnostic, and treatment services they need, including dentistry, radiology, pathology, cell component therapy, pharmacy, nutrition services, and genetic counseling.
Research has shown that acupuncture can be very successful in alleviating many of the side effects patients experience during cancer treatment. The Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is pleased to offer acupuncture services to patients at the UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide relief of symptoms and a broader healing experience. Learn more about our Acupuncture program.
Cell Component Therapy
Technologists and nurses in the Cell Component Therapy Lab provide specialized blood products that patients may need during cancer treatment. Because chemotherapy can affect the body's immune system by reducing the number of healthy blood cells, patients may need to receive blood products to continue treatment or prevent infection.
One procedure, called apheresis, collects special blood components, called platelets, from volunteer donors. Similar to a regular blood donation, the donor's blood is collected through an arm vein. The platelets are separated and kept for transfusion, while the rest of the donor's blood is immediately returned to the donor. This means donors do not need to limit their activity and can donate frequently (twice a month). Family and friends are encouraged to be platelet donors.
Please call 410-328-7508 for more information about being a platelet donor.
Our team of experts is prepared to handle the most difficult oncologic emergencies and other complications experienced by cancer patients. Patients can be safely transported to the intensive care unit (ICU) from anywhere in Maryland with our exclusive critical care ambulance system, Maryland ExpressCare.
Staffed with specially trained critical care nurses and paramedics, these vehicles operate round the clock and are outfitted with the most modern critical care transport equipment available. Once admitted to the intensive care service, patients benefit from our integrated, interdisciplinary approach to treating cancer.
Many times cancer patients need special dental care and must be evaluated by physicians specializing in oral care and hygiene. You may be referred to this program by your physician or health care professional for diagnosing and/or treating any oral condition prior to, during, or after your medical care. The dental hygienist can also help you with any oral or dental conditions that may result from your treatment.
The Dental Office is located in the North Hospital on 9West, Room 65, and can be reached at 410-328-5940.
UMGCCC offers a full range of radiologic and imaging services, including:
- Breast imaging and mammography
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Interventional radiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Nuclear medicine
- Percutaneous treatment
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
- Selective arterial and percutaneous ablation of tumors
- Selective arterial chemotherapy for metastatic cancer
- Vascular radiology
Eating well can help you feel better and stay stronger during your cancer treatment. Our registered dietitians work individually with patients -- both while they are in the hospital and when they return for clinic visits -- to help them maintain good nutrition. Staff can help with any questions or problems patients or family members may have about eating during treatment. For more information about UMGCCC's nutrition services, call 410-328-5462.
UMGCCC Pathology services focus on cancer diagnosis and staging. Facilities include:
- Clinical pathology laboratories
- Surgical pathology diagnostic expertise
- Cytology laboratory
- Immunohistochemistry laboratory
- Flow cytometry and hematopathology laboratories
- Slide review and other second opinion services
UMGCCC maintains its own pharmacy. Our staff prepares all the medications ordered by each patient's doctor, including any chemotherapy and pain relief medications. When patients are ready to leave the hospital, the pharmacist will prepare outpatient prescriptions and instruct patients about the proper way to take them. The UMGCCC pharmacy is located on the 9th floor, North Hospital, and is open from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
The UMGCCC Pharmacy phone number is 410-328-7683.
Patient Web Pages
Stay connected to family and friends during medical treatment. Create you own patient web page to keep loved ones up-to-date.
The staff of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) offers patients a range of services and care to support not only the physical demands of cancer treatment, but the emotional challenges faced by patients and their families as well.
A full-time Patient Navigator is available to help patients and their families get access to the many resources available through UMGCCC and the American Cancer Society.
Patient Resource Center
The Patient Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Weinberg Building, is available to patients and families. The Resource Center offers pamphlets, books, audiotapes and videotapes on a wide range of cancer-related topics. A computer with Internet access allows you to review educational web sites during your visit to UMGCCC. The Center also offers wellness classes and seminars. To contact the Patient Resource Center, call 410-328-9355.
A patient representative or a nurse manager is always available to address
specific issues or to assist in problem solving. Patient representatives can
be reached at 410-328-8777.
UMGCCC has a Chemotherapy Education and Survivorship Program to give patients, their family members and their caregivers the tools and education they need throughout their cancer journey. The program provides an orientation to UMGCCC and helps patients know how to better manage side effects caused by cancer or cancer treatment. After treatment, the program provides patients with a Survivorship Care Plan that outlines their follow-up care with their primary care physician. For more information about this program, talk with your UMGCCC healthcare team.
UMGCCC has a staff psychologist, as well as nurses, social workers and other
professionals who understand the special needs of cancer patients and their
families. UMGCCC staff can help patients cope with the emotional aspects of their illness and the effects of cancer treatment. We also assist patients in making plans when it is time to leave the hospital.
Psychological and social support services for patients:
- Genetic counseling
- Palliative care and symptom management
- Spiritual care
- Psychosocial oncology program, including the following:
-- Individual and family counseling
-- Stress management and relaxation training
-- Support with decision-making
-- Grief counseling
-- Medication management for depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders
- Social Work
To schedule an appointment with a UMGCCC counselor, please call 410-328-6553.
Our doctors and nurses can also provide referrals.