“Navigating the Cancer Journey”

The Oncology Foundation of Maryland and the District of Columbia is an organization composed of community volunteers who want to make a difference in cancer education. The Foundation was founded by the Maryland/DC Society of Clinical Oncology, a state society, affiliated with the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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In the News:

Meet Sheila Ross of Oncology Foundation of Maryland & D.C.
What’s Up Media, October 21, 2021
written by Tom Worgo

Back in 1992, Sheila Ross was diagnosed with lung cancer. She ended up having two-thirds of her right lung removed. “At that point in time I felt guilty because I was a smoker and I just thought, ‘I paid the price. That is that,'” Ross says. “And I turned out fine.”

Then, eight years later, the board member of the Severna Park-based Oncology Foundation of Maryland and District of Columbia, had a recurrence. This time it was in the hilum area, the wedge-shaped area on the central portion of each lung. “They had to remove the rest of the right lung followed by four or five months of chemo and radiation. It took me a year and a half to recuperate.”

During this, Ross, an Annapolis resident, began learning more about lung cancer. She discovered that of all the different cancers, it is the biggest single killer.

She also discovered that when it came to lung cancer, there was a political problem. “There was a stigma,” she explains. “There was very little money going into lung cancer research. It was considered purely a smoker’s disease. The thinking was: Why waste money on smokers? They shouldn’t have smoked.”   Read more…

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The Oncology Foundation Iris Scarf – $50. The Foundation commissioned Annapolis artist Rebecca Snure to design a special silk scarf featuring the iris. We selected the iris image because the iris symbolizes “hope.”

If you would like to purchase a scarf or make a donation to OFMDC, please call 410-544-7558 and our staff will call you back for further information.  Thank you in advance for your support!