Getting Started

At the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, you are not alone; we help you navigate your diagnosis.

At the first visit, one or more of our specialists will talk with and examine you after reviewing your x-rays. A recommendation will be made for diagnostic procedures or other types of follow-up.

Each patient is assigned a nurse navigator who assists patients and their families through the cancer journey. From answering questions about diagnosis and treatments to scheduling appointments, they are there to help.

When it comes to treatment, surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to create a plan tailored to each individual patient. This multidisciplinary team approach means each patient receives diagnosis and care as quickly as possible and in collaboration with experts from a variety of specialties.

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute’s care continues into survivorship, with survivors welcomed into support groups as well as exercise and cooking classes offered through Cancer Support Services. The programs are free, along with support from clinical social workers and nurse navigators.  This team helps ensure cancer patients and their families have access to the resources and support they need.

Get Started Today.

Email us or call us at 410-543-7006 or 1-866-9-CANCER (922-6237) to request an appointment.


Your First Visit

We know that getting ready to visit the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute for the first time can be stressful because there’s so much to do. Here’s a list that will help you prepare for your first appointment. 

Log on to MyPenCare

If you don’t already have an account, you can fill out a form to get access to your online medical record. It will help you to keep track of your test results and appointments.

Bring Needed Items

You will need to bring the folowing items on your initial visit:

  • One form of valid photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, military ID or passport)
  • Current insurance card(s)
  • A list of your current physicians with addresses and phone numbers
  • A detailed list of your medications (prescribed, over-the-counter and herbals) including:
    • Why you take them
    • Dose amount
    • How often you take them
  • Your pharmacy’s contact information
  • A list of your allergies
  • Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will, if completed
  • Any additional information your care team member has asked you to bring

Click for a printable checklist.

There may be other items you will need to bring, and we will let you know of those ahead of time – you may receive a packet in the mail that includes a medical history form and other items. Please fill them out in advance and bring those in, as well as anything else your care team has requested (such as radiology imaging discs, especially if your imaging studies were performed at a non-PRMC affiliate).

Check Insurance Coverage

View our list of accepted health insurance plans to determine if you are covered. If you do not have insurance or need financial assistance, we can help. You can find out about participating providers and financial assistance here.

What To Expect When You Get Here

Peninsula Regional Medical Center has a large campus, and we want to keep it as simple as possible for you. When you arrive, please enter via the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute entrance, accessible via the corner of Route 13 (South Salisbury Boulevard) and East Vine Street.

PARKING: Free valet parking is available at our entrance until 3 p.m. (your car will be retrieved for you by our security team if you leave after 3 p.m.). You may also park in one of the nearby parking lots on Vine Street.

Once inside the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, check in at the front desk and we’ll let you know which way to go. If you have an appointment at Peninsula Regional Hematology & Oncology, please take the lobby elevator to the third floor. If an appointment at our Thoracic Oncology Clinic, Palliative Care Clinic, or Genetic Counseling Clinic, please take the elevator to the second floor.

“Everyone has been so positive. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.”

— Margaret Price, Cancer Survivor


“You have so many doctors working for you. They’re like family; they laugh with you, they cry with you.”

— Joan Bartels, Cancer Survivor


Feeling Overwhelmed?

We’re here to help. Please call 410-543-7209 to speak to our clinical social worker.