Cancer

Ashley Varner, MSW, MBA, OSW-C
Manager, Psychosocial Oncology

What If Your Friend is the One in Eight? How Can You Help?

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lifetime, and that means almost all of us will know someone who receives the diagnosis. It can be unsettling when a friend or co-worker is diagnosed. You want to do the right thing, but may wonder what[...]

  1. Cathy: You are a gift to so many. Thank you for all you do for our community.

Navigating through Cancer: Stacy’s Journey

Stacy Stewart was a healthy wife and mother of two—until she found out she had breast cancer. Unsure of what to do next, she went to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment. While there, she was assigned to Nurse Navigator Kim Stewart, RN, who helped guide her through the turbulent[...]

  1. Cathy: You are like the gift that keeps giving and we are blessed to get to know you and to have…

  2. marie zeffiro: For those of you who guided Stacey and her family you are what Jesus promised us, Angels to guide us…

  3. Margie Baldwin: I know Stacy personally and she is a very strong willed person! You go Stacy!! Awesome family too! Love you…

  4. Wanda Lewis: The nurse navigators are truly awesome. I can't tell you how many times they intervened and helped keep things sane…

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Regaining intimacy: Physical therapy gives couple hope

Last August, doctors found a large tumor in Jeannette Mitchell’s abdomen and diagnosed her with stage 3 cervical cancer.  For two years, she had experienced pain and bleeding with sexual intercourse.  A year later, after chemo and radiation therapy for her cancer, sex was impossible. But a specialized pelvic floor[...]

  1. Jeannette mitchell: I want to give thanks so much to all my doctors and nurses and everyone who has help me get…

    • Marla Feurer: Jeannette! I haven't seen you in years since we worked together at Aerotek! I'm glad to see you doing well…

  2. patricia marshall: Jeannette I have been keeping you and Jimmy in my prayers. Keep your faith and your strength. Praying for you…

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Knowing Is Half the Battle

As someone who spent an entire career explaining sensitive and sometimes complicated information to the American public, clear communication has always been important to Marlin Fitzwater. The 69-year-old Deale resident spent a decade as the Whitehouse press secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. It is not surprising,[...]

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A Patient’s Perspective

Doctors have come a long way in treating breast cancer, but when Carlette Allen received her diagnosis in late 2009, she didn’t know that. “I was certain I was going to die,” says the 57-year-old Severna Park resident. “I had never known anyone who had survived breast cancer.” “I was[...]

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Navigating Cancer Treatment With a Trusted Guide

Robert Smith was a healthy 62-year old runner when he first found the lump on the left side of his neck. Stage 4 head and neck cancer took him completely by surprise. A little more than a year later, after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, the Annapolis attorney is cancer[...]

  1. Sally A Renner: People undergoing knee and hip surgery also need a nurse guide or independent guide (preferably) and ombudsman who has no…