Support Services

Rehabilitation Services

NRH - Suburban Rehab
Suburban Hospital has a partnership with National Rehabilitation Hospital, which provides rehabilitation services for those coping with the effects of cancer surgery, including lymphedema. For more information, NRH/Suburban Regional Rehab – Bethesda is located at 6410 Rockledge Drive, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20817. The telephone number is 301-581-3030.

Genetic Counseling

Individuals – whether because of family history or factors such as abnormal biopsy reports – may be at an increased risk to develop breast or ovarian cancer. Here are several risk factors to consider. (Please note: These risk factors are only guidelines. Your individual risk may depend on other factors.)

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Personal or family history of ovarian cancer diagnosed at any age
  • Diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman
  • Personal or family history of male breast cancer
  • Breast and/or ovarian cancer in multiple generations
  • Membership in a population known to carry a founder mutation (such as the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Personal history of an abnormal breast biopsy (atypical hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia, for example)

If you have one or more of these factors, you may wish to make an appointment for a cancer risk assessment. Suburban Hospital's Risk Assessment team is available to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, call Judy Macon at 301-896-2445.

Nutrition Counseling

Adequate nutrition is a concern for many cancer patients. Our oncology dietitian is available to meet with you, one-on-one, to help you eat better and feel more comfortable throughout your cancer treatment. The oncology dietitian is available for the following:

  • Eating through cancer treatments
  • Assuring diet adequacy and weight maintenance
  • Dietary supplement evaluation
  • What to eat after cancer therapy
  • Other food related issues that might be of concern

Any Suburban cancer patient, whether inpatient or outpatient, may meet with our Registered Dietitian. To consult with the dietitian, ask your nurse in radiation oncology, infusion, or oncology inpatient department, or your breast surgeon, to refer you to the program, at any stage of your treatment.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is supportive care for patients with a serious illness. The goal is to relieve pain, symptoms, and stress, and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. It may be provided through all stages of illness and at the same time as curative medical treatments. At Suburban, palliative care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that works closely with your primary physician to address all of your concerns. The team, headed by a palliative care fellowship-trained physician, includes a pain and palliative care nurse practitioner, counselor (who incorporates integrative medicine techniques), chaplain, nutritionist, and massage therapist. For more information, click here.

Social Workers

Clinical Oncology Social Workers
The Clinical Oncology Social Workers provide emotional support to patients and their families from the time of diagnosis through treatment and during the transition to life after treatment. They help patients cope with the many challenges a cancer diagnosis brings through counseling, support groups, and psycho-educational programs. Our social worker on the Oncology inpatient unit is Janet Connors, LCSW-C (301-896-2192) and our social worker on the Adult Surgery inpatient unit and oncology outpatients is Susan Jacobstein, LCSW-C (301-896-2193).