Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.
CancerCare programs and services help 180,000 people each year. We distribute 350,000 publications and welcome 2.2 million website visits annually. In the past year, CancerCare provided nearly $13 million in financial assistance. The size and scope of CancerCare has grown tremendously since 1944, but it has never wavered from its mission of providing help and hope to people affected by cancer.
To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
CancerCare’s New Jersey office was opened in 1982 to ensure that New Jersey residents have full access to all CancerCare services.
CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.
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Face-to-Face Support Groups in New Jersey
Breast Cancer Support Group
This face-to-face support group is for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer (in active treatment or post-treatment). Groups take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the University Medical Center at Princeton’s Breast Health Center, located at 300B Princeton Hightstown Road, East Windsor, NJ. Pre-registration is required for this group.
Please contact Lois Glasser at 1-201-301-6807 for more information or to register.
Empowering Our Health Through Conversation
Sharing concerns about health, both physical and emotional, can lead to healing. This Spanish-speaking group will empower members to share their concerns with others in a supportive safe environment.
This will be an eight-week patient support group that will take place on Thursday mornings.
To register, or for more information Sonia Pacheco, LSW at 201-301-6815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Patient Support Group
This face-to-face support group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. The support group takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Monroe Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township, NJ. Pre-registration is required for this group.
Please contact Lois Glasser at 201-301-6807 for more information or to register.
Have you heard that recent studies indicate that coloring mandalas or intricate patterns can induce a beneficial meditative state, thus reducing anxiety? Join us as we color beautiful mandalas over the course of four weeks with paints, pencils and markers. Your finished projects can be laminated, decoupaged, made into greeting cards or placemats, framed, hung as a reminder to relax—use your imagination!
This is a quieter support group for anyone treated for cancer within the past two years. Calming music will be played during the group, encouraging a peaceful environment that promotes quiet conversation and self reflection. Each week we will discuss one mindfulness technique that may be applied in your life.
The group will take place from 1:00-2:30 in Ridgewood, NJ and the exact location will be given at time of registration.
For more information, or to register, please contact Claire Grainger, LCSW at 201-301-6811 or email@example.com.
Prostate Cancer Patient and Family Support Group
This face-to-face support group is for prostate cancer patients and their family members. This group takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the The University Medical Center at Plainsboro, located on Rt. 1 between Scudders Mill Road and Plainsboro R. Pre-registration is required for this group.
Please contact Lois Glasser at 201-301-6807 for more information or to register.
Spouse/Partner Bereavement Support Group
This 8-week face-to-face support group is for people who have lost a partner or spouse to cancer. The group will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at CancerCare’s New Jersey Office, 141 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ. Pre-registration is required for this group.
For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, LCSW at 201-301-6811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spouse/Partner Bereavement Support Group for Those With Children High School Age or Younger
Come and share your story of love, loss, single parenting and hope with others experiencing a similar journey.
CancerCare will be facilitating an eight-week Bereavement Support Group for those raising children who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer. This support group takes place on Tuesday evenings.
To register, or for more information, please contact Claire Grainger, LCSW at 201-301-6811 or email@example.com.
Community Programs in New Jersey
We’re Talking About It: Helping Children Cope When a Parent or Caregiver Has Cancer
Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
CancerCare is offering a free 2-hour workshop for parents or caregivers with cancer, their partners and their children ages 5-12. The workshop, led by CancerCare social workers, will help families learn to cope and communicate with each other more effectively. We will include discussion of your children’s needs for accurate information and emotional support as your family copes with cancer and its treatment.
Join us for pizza, fun activities for the kids and an evening of sharing and support!
Registration is required. Please contact Ariana Parmese at 800-813-4673, ext. 6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp
Friday, June 10, 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 12, 3:00 p.m.
Our free Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp allows families who have experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer to come together for a weekend retreat. Each year, families spend three days at a working dude ranch in the beautiful Poconos. Fun activities like swimming, horseback riding, and fishing are combined with therapeutic grief activities led by CancerCare professional oncology social workers.
“The camp is a place where the families can come together and not feel different,” explains CancerCare’s Claire Grainger, LCSW. “The kids meet others who have experienced a similar loss and they don’t have to explain anything to one another…There are a lot of tears, but there is also so much laughter. They’ve all found new friends – people that understand.”
Listen to “Fly, Butterfly, Fly” – a song written by the campers:
Patient/Family Resource Room
Located at our New Jersey office, patients and family members are invited to visit the resource room. Please call 201-444-6630 for more information.
Free wigs are available at our New Jersey office. Please call 201-444-6630 for more information.
Magnolia Meals at Home
This is a meal delivery program that aims to help patients by providing nourishing meals to households affected by breast cancer and thyroid cancer. The program is currently being piloted in and around Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Andover, MA (as well as specific locations in New York, New Hampshire and Boston). Eligible participants will receive up to two months of home meal deliveries, each of which will include ten meals that are designed to help meet the nutritional needs of people living with breast cancer and thyroid cancer, and up to ten additional meals for their family members, if requested by the participant.
For more information please visit magnoliamealsathome.com or contact Kathy Nugent, LCSW at 800-813-4673, ext. 6809
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