Meritus Cancer Services

Oncology Services in Maryland

Few medical diagnoses impact a person’s life like cancer. At Meritus Health, we are here to help you through every step of this journey. From state-of-the-art cancer care facilities to a dedicated cancer care team, we are equipped to provide patients and families with the compassionate support they need.

What sets Meritus Cancer Services apart:

  • John R. Marsh Cancer Center - The John R. Marsh Cancer Center is where hope begins for many patients who are battling cancer.
  • Meritus Hematology & Oncology Specialists - The oncologists at Meritus Hematology & Oncology Specialists help patients understand the meaning of cancer stages, treatment options, side effects, and risks.
  • Meritus Center for Breast Health - Meritus Health's Center for Breast Health brings together the full range of breast health for the benefit of patients. Learn more about our nationally accredited program and fellowship trained surgeons.
  • Meritus Gynecologic Oncology Center - At Meritus Gynecologic Oncology Center, Dr. Neil Rosenshein treats women with gynecologic cancers. Having access to a cancer specialist like Dr. Rosenshein makes all the difference.
  • Our Expert Care - No one wants cancer, but everyone wants to know where to find the best cancer care. Meritus Cancer Services offers this expert care, close to home.
  • Our Team - Our board certified physicians bring years of experience, academic achievements and national research to our community.

It’s Enough to Be Sick— Don’t Also Be Homesick

Meritus Health understands that patients and their families want high-quality care without driving a distance. We've made the most advanced and comprehensive cancer care available right here in our local community. We've developed specialized cancer programs, including breast, lung and gynecologic oncology, in response to the specific needs of the community we serve.

Cancer services at Meritus Health include:

  • Imaging and diagnostics
  • Laboratory services
  • Genetic counseling
  • Surgical services
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Survivorship programs

High Risk Breast Cancer Assessment

Breast cancer may loom in the minds of many women. To decrease the fear of the unknown, Meritus Center for Breast Health offers a breast cancer risk assessment program to help women understand their risk for developing the disease.

Women who might consider a breast cancer risk assessment may have:

  • A family history of breast and ovarian cancer involving parents, siblings and close relatives.
  • A known mutation of BRCA1 or BRCA2 in the family.
  • A first or second degree relative with breast cancer before age 50.
  • A male relative with breast cancer.
  • An abnormal breast biopsy with atypical cells or multiple breast biopsies.
  • Extremely dense breast tissue.
  • A history of chest radiation therapy.
  • During a breast cancer risk assessment women can expect:
  • a clinical breast exam
  • genetic assessment
  • screening tests if indicated
  • education about breast cancer risk and potential implications for family members
  • a personalized surveillance plan
  • a comprehensive pedigree including family medical history
  • prevention strategies

Researchers have identified certain genes, that when changed, can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. If a woman meets criteria for genetic testing, she may have the testing performed at Meritus Center for Breast Health or obtain a referral for a genetic counseling program.

One Convenient Campus

At Meritus Health's John R. Marsh Cancer Center, we provide you with the highest quality of care that is centered on you and your family. Our coordinated cancer care means that screenings, diagnosis, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments and rehabilitation are all under one roof. A nurse navigator helps guide patients through the process of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and assists with appointments – all within one convenient campus setting.

Some treatments for breast cancer include:

  • Surgery – This is only viable before cancer has spread. With surgery, your doctor may be able to remove the tumor and destroy any lingering cancer cells before they have a chance to spread.
  • Radiation therapy – In targeted radiation therapy, precise dosages of radiation are aimed at cancerous areas to kill the cancer cells and shrink tumors.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemo drugs are provided to a patient through an IV. Chemo drugs are designed to kill rapidly growing cancer cells.

While these are the most common treatments for breast cancer, they are not your only options. The knowledgeable oncologists at Meritus Health will work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.

Oncology