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At the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, we know cancer affects lives and families. That’s why we are proud to offer an array of support services to help you get the best care possible, in a compassionate environment. Some of these include:

Screenings

Early detection and prevention is the main goal of the Peninsula Breast Center, and we are pleased to offer 3-D mammography, also known as digital tomosynthesis, one of the most advanced imaging technologies available for the early detection of breast cancer with lower radiation doses, less forceful compression and quicker exam times. Age 40 is also the time when many begin annual mammograms, as recommended by the American College of Radiology. Those with a family history of breast cancer may start earlier-- 10 years before the age of diagnosis in a first-degree relative, such as a mother or sister. For more information, call 410-677-6600. To schedule a mammogram, call 410-543-7700.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. It causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined: colon, breast and prostate. Peninsula Imaging and Peninsula Regional Medical Center offer lung cancer screenings with the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. This test is offered to individuals who are at a high risk for lung cancer. Using much less radiation than a typical CT of the chest, it can detect small nodules, which are not seen on a screening chest x-ray. Eligibility criteria for screening: You must be age 55-77 for those with Medicare or age 55-80 with private insurance; have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer; a history of smoking of at least 30 pack years (one pack year = smoking one pack per day for one year; and you must be a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years. To schedule a lung cancer screening, or for additional information, call the Thoracic Oncology Program at 410-543-7012 or visit the Maryland Quit Line.

 

 

If you're 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Colonoscopy is a procedure to look for polyps, abnormal areas, or cancer. Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that adults age 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer

For more information, or to schedule your screening colonoscopy, call Peninsula Regional Gastroenterology at (410) 912-5640 or (410) 641-2938.

There's one essential step to take before heading outdoors: apply sunscreen. Many neglect to protect their skin until summertime, but UV rays can cause damage year-round. It's important because skin cancer is most frequently diagnosed in the United States. Local dermatology experts donate their time throughout the year to provide free skin cancer screenings to Delmarva residents at PRMC's Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury and Ocean Pines. Our team is dedicated to teaching the community about prevention of skin cancer and to encourage early detection. For more information on upcoming skin cancer screening events, call 410-543-7006 or 1-866-9-CANCER (922-6237).

Services & Programs

The Liver and Hepatobiliary program at PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases.  In collaboration with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., Dr. Anurag Maheshwari brings his expertise to serve patients on Delmarva locally at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Salisbury. Dr. Maheshwari, a renowned gastroenterology and liver doctor, is Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology and Internal Medicine. He is among the preeminent physicians at The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases, part of The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy. Dr. Maheshwari provides leading edge diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as: Hepatitis A, B and C, Cirrhosis, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, and Biliary Cancer. For more information, call 410-543-7012. To schedule an appointment, call 410-332-9356

The gynecologic oncology center is dedicated to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of the primary cancers of the female genital tract. We provide unparallelled surgical treatment of advanced cancers. More than 90 percent of the gynecological cancer cases diagnosed can be surgically treated here as we offer surgical options that were not previously available in the region. Thanks to a collaboration with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., Dr. Dwight Im brings his years of experience and surgical expertise treating women's reproductive cancers to Delmarva. Dr. Im, Medical Director of Gynecological Oncology at Mercy Medical Center and PRMC, is one of the region's leading authorities on robotic and minimally invasive surgeries for gynecologic cancers. For more more information, or to make a referral, call 410-860-5311 or 1-866-9-CANCER (922-6237).

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute offers a comprehensive thoracic oncology program to evaluate patients with lung and esophageal disorders. Our thoracic oncology program brings together a group of highly trained cancer specialists dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate care focused on personal, individualized diagnosis and treatment plans. The program provides patients with access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities. This multidisciplinary approach means the patient will receive diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible and in collaboration with experts from a variety of specialties. For more information, or to make a referral, call 410-543-7012 or 1-866-9-CANCER (922-6237).

Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Coastal Hospice collaborate to provide palliative care services for the patients at the Medical Center. The palliative care team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who work together to assist patients with chronic, incurable illnesses and their families, The team focuses on difficult decision-making and symptom management. The goal is to improve the quality of life of our patients and provide comfort and support for their families. The team strides to respect the values and beliefs of patients and their families, as well as the realities of the clinical situation. Using this collaborative team approach, a sensible plan of care is developed for each patient. In addition, the team is involved in end-of-life cancer care research so objective outcomes data can be used to improve the quality of life for advanced cancer patients. Palliative care consults are available for any inpatient or outpatient with a diagnosis of cancer being treated at PRMC's Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. For more information, or to make a referral, call 410-912-2888 or 1-866-9-CANCER (922-6237).

Fittings by Michele is a Women’s Wellness Boutique serving the special healthcare and personal care needs of women offering the newest, most innovative products and services available.  PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institutehas partnered with Fittings by Michele to offer these specialized services locally. Fittings by Michele specializes in services and products needed following chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, lumpectomy, biopsy, reconstruction, and implant removal surgeries. Additional specialties include compression garments for vascular disorders, burns and other edema related disorders. For more more information, call 410-543-7012. To schedule an appointment, call 410-255-0800.

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute and Mercy Medical Center work together to provide genetic counseling services on-site and via telemedicine in both Salisbury and Ocean Pines. Genetic counseling services are provided by certified genetic counselors. An information packet must be completed and returned before scheduling an appointment. The genetic counseling team reviews completed packets prior to your visit.

You may benefit from genetic counseling if any one of the following applies to you:

  • You or a close relative had cancer before age 50.
  • You have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age.
  • You or a close relative have the same or related cancer.
  • You are of Eastern European Jewish ancestry with a personal and/or family history of cancer.
  • You or a family member have been diagnosed with more than one type of cancer.
  • You have a family history of any rare cancer.
  • You or a close relative is known to have a genetic mutation that can increase the risk of cancer.
  • You had a negative genetic testing in the past but have a strong personal and family history of cancer (you may be a candidate for additional testing).

Most insurance carriers, including Medicare, cover genetic counseling and testing. Call 410-951-7950 for specific guidelines.

For more information,  or to schedule an appointment for genetic counseling, call 410-543-7012 or 1-866-9-CANCER (866-922-6237).