Conquering Cancer: Making Access to the Highest Quality Care Even Easier

Making Access to the Highest Quality Care Even Easier

Dr. Mohebtash and Dr. Padgett show Griffin some of the amenities of the new cancer center.

When cancer is a concern, you want the very best care possible. At MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, we have long been committed to providing the highest quality cancer care. As part of MedStar Health Cancer Network, we are fortunate to have significant resources that we can tap into to effectively meet the unique needs of each patient.

Griffin pauses to enjoy the fountain in the healing garden of the new cancer center.

Now, to make access to the region’s top cancer specialists and resources even more convenient, the oncology services at both hospitals have been brought together, with our providers relocating to a newly expanded and renovated 7,800-square-foot cancer center called MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus. Located on the grounds of MedStar Good Samaritan, it’s a move that benefits patients and providers alike.

“Integrating our oncology services concentrates our clinical experts in one physical location, enhancing our multidisciplinary care model and further ensuring that patients get the comprehensive and personalized care they need,” says Charles Padgett, MD, chief of Medical Oncology at the new cancer center.

“In addition, the new facility is larger than the spaces previously occupied by our providers, creating a more efficient and effective environment. It’s a much better place for patients to receive care and for us to provide it,” he adds.

Marcia Griffin agrees. The 46-year-old started seeing her oncologist, Medical Director Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, at MedStar Union Memorial late last year after her breast cancer, which had been in remission for seven years, returned when she got pregnant. She was treated there for several months before transitioning to the new cancer center.

“The new center is so much nicer and larger, and the amenities are wonderful. Everyone has their own space…it is very comfortable,” Griffin says. “The best part for me is that I am cared for by the same team that took care of me at MedStar Union Memorial. My nurses in the infusion center are wonderful and I feel like I have a relationship with each and every one of them.”

The oncology specialists from MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals take a break for a team photo in the new cancer center.

“Every member of our team understands that quality of life, emotional support, and treatment options are key to successfully treating cancer,” Dr. Mohebtash explains. “Our focus is on the individual needs of each patient and making treatment as comfortable and stress-free as possible. All of our nurses are oncology-certified and play a proactive role in helping cancer patients avoid complications and discomfort from symptoms and the side effects of treatment.”

 

Also, coming in October of this year to the campus of MedStar Good Samaritan is the new Breast Center, dedicated to providing exceptional breast health services. Led by Maen Farha, MD, medical director, the new state-of-the-art facility will offer customized care from an expert team—all in one convenient location.

“We will provide a positive environment featuring the latest diagnostic technology and clinical services, as well as expedited appointments and results,” Dr. Farha notes.

“Our multidisciplinary approach to care gives patients access to their care team in one session, rather than having to go from one office to another getting confused. This team specializes in developing personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s specific situation. Not only do they understand the medical intricacies of effective treatment, they understand the importance of emotional and compassionate support,” he says.

“The most effective diagnosis and treatment plans require state-of-the-art, cancer-fighting resources,” adds Dr. Padgett. “That’s exactly what you’ll find at MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus. We have some of the area’s finest minds in medicine, who, armed with state-of-the-art technology and access to the latest research and clinical trials, work together with patients and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

For more information about our cancer services or a physician referral, visit MedStarCancer.org/CancerCenter or call 443-444-2273. Free screenings for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers are available for eligible individuals. Call 410-350-2001 to see if you qualify.

This article appeared in the summer 2018 issue of Destination: Good HealthRead more articles from this issue.

Location Information

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
443-444-3991

Features of MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus

  • An infusion center with 22 treatment chairs providing IV therapy of all types including, but not limited to, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and iron infusion
  • On-site CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, and breast biopsy
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Radiation therapy, including a linear accelerator
  • Multidisciplinary teams of oncologists and surgeons
  • Consultations and second opinions
  • Genetic counseling
  • Clinical trials program
  • Support services, including financial counseling
  • Patient and family support services
  • Screening programs, including 3-D mammograms and lung CT scans
  • Flexible scheduling
  • A private and relaxing environment
  • Free parking
  • Free shuttle service to and from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital