Support Networks and Resources

At Chesapeake Urology, you will not go through your cancer journey alone. You are now part of a team that is dedicated to supporting you. In addition to our patient navigator, our array of resources include:


Chesapeake Prostate Cancer Support Group
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This group is held at the Chesapeake Urology Prostate Center in Owings Mills, MD. The group provides a safe place for men to express their feelings about prostate cancer and share information about their diagnosis and treatment with other prostate cancer patients and survivors. CUA has created a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in these groups, along with providing educational medical information. All levels and stages of cancer patients attend.

Our Chesapeake Prostate Cancer Support Group also includes a Spousal Support Network. Spouses are encouraged to attend the Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings to learn more about prostate cancer and to meet with other spouses who have been through the prostate cancer experience.

The Prostate Center is located at:
2 Park Center Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
443-738-9393

Recovery Coach
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A recovery coach, trained by the American Cancer Society, provides one-on-one peer support for patients throughout their cancer treatment. The coach is a prostate cancer survivor who understands what it's like to face a cancer diagnosis. Though he cannot provide medical advice, he is there to answer questions and offer strong emotional support to help patients keep a positive attitude. The coach is available for you at times when you may most need support, such as when you enter the navigation program, at your first radiation treatment, or when you have surgery.


Phil ShulkaChesapeake Urology's Recovery Coach, Phil Shulka, has a friendly, genuine personality that puts people at ease. This proves vital in his role where he talks with newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients, helping them through one of the most difficult periods in life. In addition to serving as a Recovery Coach for Chesapeake Urology, Phil is also active in this role with the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge. His job is to talk to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and walk with them through the journey, helping them understand options, treatments, side effects as well as to provide a ray of hope. "My role is to tell men what prostate cancer is really like. I've been through the worst of it all and I know what they are going through," he explains. "This is my life, not just a job. I'm in the trenches for these men, to tell them what living with prostate cancer, and going through treatment and life beyond cancer, is really like."

Read more about phil Shulka's story here or watch his video.
 
Nutrition and Wellness Program
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Nutrition is an important part of your care. A healthy diet can help your body fight cancer. Good nutrition provides your body with the best nutrients, helps builds your immune system, and helps keep up your strength and energy to supplement your cancer treatment. Our staff will advise you about eating a healthy diet, but we've listed some basic guidelines below.

  • Eat foods high in antioxidants, which may contribute to reducing cancer and heart disease. These include:
  • Beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and squash
  • Lycopene found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya and apricots
  • Vitamin C found in certain fruits and vegetables, cereals, beef, poultry and fish
  • Reduce sugar and fat
  • Eat more deep-water fish, such as yellow tuna, sardines, cod or haddock
  • Reduce your consumption of red meat


Chesapeake Urology offers a nutrition and wellness program to help prevent disease and boost healthy living. This comprehensive program integrates low-glycemic eating with exercise and behavior modification. The program covers healthy eating to optimize fat loss; detoxification; good fats versus bad fats; inflammation and oxidation as contributors to disease; the importance of adequate sleep; regular exercise to support lean muscle mass; stress reduction and proper supplementation. Ask one of our patient navigators for more information about the program.

The Erectile Dysfunction/Penile Rehabilitation Program
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 Fenig
Under the direction of urologist Dr. David Fenig, the penile rehabilitation program provides a wide range of customized, state-of-the-art treatments for men who experience impotence after prostate cancer treatment. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be treated in the vast majority of cases. 

If nerve bundles are not damaged, treatment may include medications, such as Viagra and Cialis. For other patients, suppositories, a variety of penile implants and vacuum devices are available. Our staff will meet your needs with sensitivity and privacy. Following radiation therapy or surgery, between 30 to 70 percent of patients experience some degree of impotence. However, the ED specialists at Chesapeake Urology are highly experienced at counseling patients and providing effective solutions.

Learn more about erectile dysfunction- click here for our ED brochure. Or contact Dr. Fenig for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  
In addition, expert physical therapists work with patients who experience incontinence to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles through exercise.

Counseling
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Your well-being is our priority. If you or your family feel as if you need further counseling services in addition to our nurse navigator and other support services, we will be happy to refer you to a third party professional. 

Annual Survivors Day Picnic
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Our Survivors Day Picnic is a summer event that takes place at The Prostate Center and brings together survivors, their families and Chesapeake Urology's physicians and caregivers to celebrate and share camaraderie. This memorable party features delicious food and refreshments. We invite you to return for our annual Survivors Reunion Picnic held every summer at our facility. Many of our patients look forward to and attend this event every year. For more information, please contact Jeff Zemencik at jzemencik@cua.md.