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Living with Cancer

Patient Navigation

Navigation Service

The Navigation Service helps patients move through the delivery of care in the Outpatient Oncology clinic. Navigators provide support through a referral process that connects patients to workshops, resources and information during treatment.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Oncology patients and caregivers (Payson 3)

CONTACT:

Elaine D. Omenih (347-523-7067)

MEETING DATES:

Monday - Friday

TIMES:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leukemia–Lymphoma Society Ambassador Program

The Leukemia–Lymphoma Society's Ambassador Program provides support and connects patients – caregivers to support groups and resources.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Oncology patients and caregivers

CONTACT:

212-376-7100

MEETING DATES:

1st Monday and 3rd Tuesday of every month

TIMES:

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

LOCATION:

Payson 3, 525 East 68th Street

Counseling

Social Work

Social workers are available to meet with patients, families and caregivers to offer emotional support while coping with illness, short-term counseling, referrals to psychiatrists and long-term psychotherapists, as well as links to community resources and support groups.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Oncology patients and caregivers (Payson 3)

CONTACT:

Elaine D. Omenih 347-523-7067

MEETING DATES:

Monday - Friday

TIMES:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

LOCATION:

Payson 3 Infusion Suite

GI Social Work Services

Services including psychosocial counseling are available for digestive disease patients.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Patients diagnosed with any cancer of the digestive tract, including esophageal, stomach, liver, pancreatic, colon and anorectal cancers.

CONTACT:

1-877-902-2232

MEETING DATES:

Call to make an appointment

TIMES:

Call to make an appointment

LOCATION:

NYP/Weill Cornell

Taking Control: Coping with Cancer

Taking Control is a coping skills training progam, with mind-body exercises, ways to think about things to help manage feelings, and things to do to achieve the highest quality of life while living with cancer.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

People with cancer and their loved ones.

CONTACT:

Susan Marchal, LMSW 212-746-9039

Kelsey Power, LMSW 212-746-1539

MEETING DATES:

Wednesdays

TIMES:

3:30 - 5 p.m.

LOCATION:

Stich Radiation Center, 525 East 68th street, basement level

Reach to Recovery (American Cancer Society)

Trained breast cancer survivors provide one-on-one support and up-to-date information to individuals facing breast cancer diagnoses, treatment, recurrence or recovery. When appropriate, volunteers will provide breast cancer patients with a mastectomy kit, which includes a temporary dacron fiber prostheses and nylon cover, a special pocketed bra, and information on the procedure, types of permanent prostheses and where they are locally available. A lumpectomy kit is also available. It provides patients with information on lumpectomies and radiation.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Breast cancer patients

CONTACT:

Joelle Vasquez  212-237-3816

MEETING DATES:

Call to register

TIMES:

Call to register

LOCATION:

Call for directions 

Pastoral Care

Chaplains who specialize in addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of the cancer patient are available on all patient care units. Multi-faith chaplains provide religion-specific support, including communion, anointing, Shabbat candles, and other observance supportive services, as well as spiritual and emotional support for patients and their loved ones as they journey through diagnosis, treatment, and living with long-term illness.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

All oncology patients and caregivers

CONTACT:

212-746-6971

MEETING DATES:

By Appointment

TIMES:

By Appointment

LOCATION:

All Patient Care Units

Bereavement Group

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Patients, families and caregivers

CONTACT:

212-746-1939

MEETING DATES:

By Appointment

TIMES:

By Appointment

LOCATION:

Call for directions

Peer Support

Brother to Brother (American Cancer Society)

A forum for men to learn about prostate cancer diagnoses, treatment options, and coping techniques.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

African-American men and their families dealing with prostate cancer

CONTACT:

Rosemary Perez 212-237-3917

MEETING DATES:

By Appointment

TIMES:

By Appointment

LOCATION:

Call for directions 

UsTOO New York (UsToo International)

UsToo New York, created and run by prostate cancer survivors, offers an opportunity to get together in an informative and supportive setting. After a lecture and Q&A, we provide an opportunity for prostate cancer fighters to meet with others who have had similar experiences.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Prostate cancer patients, family and friends

CONTACT:

917-830-4357 or info@ustoonewyork.org

MEETING DATES:

Third Thursday of every month

TIMES:

6 - 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:

1300 York Ave. (at 69th Street), Room A-126

The International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation New York Metro Area Support Group

Support group for Waldenstrom's patients and their caregivers.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Waldenstrom's Patients and Caregivers

CONTACT:

Mitch Orfuss 646-352-4476 or morfuss@aol.com

MEETING DATES:

Sundays:  

May 3, 2015
July 12, 2015
September 20, 2015
November 15, 2015

TIMES:

2- 4 p.m.

LOCATION:

Weill Greenberg Center, 1305 York Avenue, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, 2nd Floor

Colorectal Cancer Support Group

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Patients who have been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer

CONTACT:

Lauren Shaffer 212-746-5671

MEETING DATES:

Call to register

TIMES:

6- 8 p.m.

LOCATION:

The Jay Monahan Center, 1315 York Ave., 1st floor

Kidney Cancer Support Group

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Patients, survivors and their families

CONTACT:

Ana Molina, M.D., amm9052@med.cornell.edu

MEETING DATES:

Saturdays, every other month (Jan, March, May, July, September)

TIMES:

10-11 a.m.

LOCATION:

1305 York Ave., Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, 2nd floor

Ostomy Support Group 

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Patients with an ostomy

CONTACT:

cadc@nyp.org

MEETING DATES:

Second Tuesday of each month, no RSVP required

TIMES:

6-7 p.m.

LOCATION:

The Jay Monahan Center, 1315 York Ave., 1st floor

Healing

Meditation

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Oncology patients and caregivers (Payson 3)

CONTACT:

Elaine D. Omenih 347-523-7067

MEETING DATES:

Tuesdays

TIMES:

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION:

Payson 3 Infusion Suite. Call to register

Meditation, Guided Imagery – Centering Prayer

WHO MAY ATTEND:

All oncology patients and caregivers

CONTACT:

212-746-6971

MEETING DATES:

By Appointment

TIMES:

By Appointment

LOCATION:

All Patient Care Units

Artist-In-Residence

Projects and mediums include watercolor painting, jewelry making, collage and print making.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Oncology patients and caregivers (Payson 3)

CONTACT:

Elaine D. Omenih 347-523-7067

MEETING DATES:

Mondays

TIMES:

12-3 p.m.

LOCATION:

Payson 3 Infusion Suite. Call to register

Look Good, Feel Better (American Cancer Society)

The Look Good, Feel Better program helps women who are undergoing cancer treatment deal with the cosmetic changes that may occur during treatment and provides women with a complimentary kit of makeup and an opportunity to be with others sharing similar experiences.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Free to all women with any cancer diagnosis

CONTACT:

Madeleine Encarnacion 212-305-6320

MEETING DATES:

Second and last Tuesday of every month

TIMES:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

LOCATION:

Call for directions 

New York City Wig Program (American Cancer Society)

Female cancer patients can call and schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation to be fitted for one free new wig of their choice. Patients are also given accessories such as a hat, scarf, wig cap or turban. Consultations take place at the Manhattan ACS office.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Female cancer patients who are in need of a wig or accessory

CONTACT:

Joelle Vasquez 212-237-3816

MEETING DATES:

By Appointment

TIMES:

By Appointment

LOCATION:

Call for directions 

HealthOutreach

HealthOutreach offers individuals 60 and older lectures and workshops by physicians, dieticians, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare specialists. Expert guidance is available to help you make informed decisions regarding health insurance coverage and resolve insurance issues. Professional staff can assist you in accessing the hospital and community services. HealthOutreach organizes cultural events that offer introduction to new ideas and friendships.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Older adults (60 years old and above)

CONTACT:

212-746-4365

Caregivers

HealthOutreach's Caregiver Services

HealthOutreach's Caregiver Services is a free program that provides help and support for individuals and families involved in the care of anyone 60 and older. The program is coordinated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is designed to help caregivers identify and cope with the many complex issues confronting them. The caregiver services offers consultation and support groups, educational seminars and workshops focusing on effective strategies and practices for stress reduction and self-care. Information is available on advanced directives: healthcare proxies, living wills and power of attorney as well as physician referral and community services. Professional assistance is available to evaluate care options: i.e., home care, retirement community, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living. There are also opportunities to meet and build supportive relationships with fellow caregivers.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Individuals and families involved in the care of anyone 60 and older

CONTACT:

212-746-4365

Oncology Caregiver Support Group

Who may attend:

Leukemia/lymphoma/BMT caregivers and family members

Contact:

Kristy Krsulich  212-746-4323

Meeting dates:

First and Third Tuesdays of each month

Times:

5-6 p.m.

Location:

Weill Greenberg Center, 1305 York Ave., 10th floor, Central Lounge 

Mindful Moments…Practical Stress Management Skills and Techniques for Family Caregivers

This is a series of stress management workshops for family caregivers. In this workshop you will experience simple and empowering mind-body techniques and receive suggestions to help you manage stress more effectively. This workshop series will offer the opportunity to learn and practice various stress reduction techniques including mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and breathing exercises in a supportive group setting.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Individuals and families involved in the care of anyone 60 and older

CONTACT:

Sarah Waxse 212-746-4365

MEETING DATES:

Please call to confirm

TIMES:

Please call to confirm

LOCATION:

420 East 76th Street (Between First – York Avenue)

Support Group for Family Caregivers of Older Adults

This is an ongoing support group for caregivers of older adults (60 years old and above) to share concerns, information, reflections and inspirations in a supportive and compassionate setting.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Individuals and families involved in the care of anyone 60 and older

CONTACT:

Sarah Waxse 212-746-4365

MEETING DATES:

Tuesdays

TIMES:

Please call to confirm

LOCATION:

420 East 76th Street (Between First – York Avenue)

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone provides support for adult caregivers of patients. Caregivers can receive support, information, companionship and rest. Volunteers and social workers are on staff to assist as needed. The Comfort Zone is located in a bright new atrium in the heart of the medical center and offers a peaceful respite amid the often bustling environment of the hospital. Printed reference materials, music, notebooks and other resources and periodic relaxation programs are available and free.

WHO MAY ATTEND:

Adult caregivers and family members

CONTACT:

212-746-4320

MEETING DATES:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

TIMES:

1-4 p.m.

LOCATION:

Education Center in the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, Greenberg Pavilion, 4th Floor