Since its founding in 1979, the cancer program at FMH has been committed to the highest level of care for patients and their families dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. Over the years, cancer treatment at FMH has grown from a once-a-month clinic into an award-winning, fully accredited program featuring some of the most advanced technologies available.
It’s well documented that the single greatest risk factor for developing cancer is aging. In fact, more than 60% of cancers in the United States occur in people 65 or older. It’s also a fact that Frederick County’s population is aging—rapidly.
Since the year 2000, the number of Frederick County residents who are 65 and older has risen faster than any other demographic group. As of 2010, 10.3% of our population is 65 and older. By 2020, that number is on track to reach 17.5%.
Our aging population and the fortunate fact that more cancers are being detected early in the disease process are expected to combine to increase the number of cancer patients we see and treat.
“More people than ever are now surviving cancer, and at FMH we have programs to help them thrive,” says Dr. Mark Soberman, Medical Director of the FMH Cancer Institute. “To better serve the citizens of Frederick County and surrounding areas, we need to double the size of our existing facility.”
The new FMH Cancer Institute (pictured in an artist’s rendering above which is subject to change during the design process) will feature:
- Expanded infusion center (to include chemotherapy services for children)
- Large, on-site pharmacy
- Expanded radiation therapy areas
- State-of-the-art laboratory and expanded imaging capabilities
- Additional patient navigators
- Larger multidisciplinary meeting spaces
- Dedicated meeting space for support groups
- Award-winning research program
- On-site palliative care services for pain and symptom management
- Expanded psychosocial, spiritual and financial support
- Complementary and alternative therapies
- On-site genetic counseling
- Meditation garden
- Soothing environment throughout, including comfortable waiting areas
Today, FMH is home to an exceptional cancer program. It’s been recognized as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, one of the top 100 cancer programs in the country, and one of only two cancer centers in Maryland to receive the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Thanks to the generous support of the Frederick community, we’ve already raised $3 million of the estimated $20 million needed to make the FMH Cancer Institute a reality. The volunteers on the FMH Development Council are working to secure the rest of the funds so we can build a new home for our cancer services; a home that will match the excellence of the care we provide.