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Patient Support and Caregiver Groups

Patient Support Groups

  • Breast and Gynecological Cancers Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live support group for people diagnosed with breast cancer or gynecological cancers in New York and New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment (including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment). This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    Our current group session is closed. The next group cycle will begin in June 2024. The group meets biweekly on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Cassie Spector, LMSW, at cspector@cancercare.org.

  • Living Beyond Cancer: General Post-Treatment Survivorship Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 12-week live support group for people in New York who are over the age of 40 and completed treatment within the last 18 months. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living through post-treatment survivorship.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    The next group cycle will begin in late February 2024 and meets on Mondays 5:30 - 7 p.m. ET.

    This cycle of this support group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register please call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673), or contact Christina Monaco, LMSW at 212-712-8357 or cmonaco@cancercare.org.

  • Living Beyond Cancer: Young Adult Post-Treatment Survivorship Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week biweekly live support group for people in New York in their 20s and 30s who have completed treatment within the last 18 months. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living through post-treatment survivorship.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are currently recruiting for our next group cycle which begins February 28, 2024. This group meets biweekly for eight sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30 -7 p.m. ET. The group is open to New York residents only.

    This cycle of this support group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or Sara Grisales Jaramillo, LMSW, at 212-712-8355 or sjaramillo@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: A Group for Older Adults (65+)

    CancerCare is offering a free, 12-week live support group for older adults (65+) diagnosed with cancer in New York who are receiving a form of active treatment . Treatment may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support and receive information and guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Recruitment for our next group cycle is currently closed. This support group meets on Tuesdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Danielle Saff, LMSW at 212-712-8037 or dsaff@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: A Journal Writing Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live writing group for people ages 19+, who are diagnosed with cancer and living in New York or New Jersey and are receiving a form of active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment) or are up to 18 months post-treatment. This group will provide a dedicated space to respond to writing prompts, reflect upon and share your writing with the group and exchange support and guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    We are currently recruiting for our next cycle, which will begin in February 2024. This support group meets weekly on Thursdays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Sarah Tennenhaus, LMSW, at 212-712-6144 or stennenhaus@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: General Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, live support group for people diagnosed with cancer in New York and New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are currently recruiting for the next group cycle which will begin in October 2023. This group meets biweekly on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Sara Whelan, LSW at 212-712-8356 or swhelan@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: General Patient Support Group (Long Island)

    CancerCare is offering a free, biweekly live support group for people diagnosed with cancer in the Long Island, NY community who are receiving a form of active treatment (which may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment). This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis. This group is available to serve people diagnosed with cancer within the Long Island community and will consist of 8 biweekly meetings.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are currently recruiting for our next group cycle which begins February 15, 2024. This group meets biweekly on Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Melisa Celikoyar, LCSW, at 516-740-8620 or mcelikoyar@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: Men With Cancer Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, live support group for men diagnosed with cancer in New York who are receiving a form of active treatment or who have completed treatment in the last 18 months. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date:

    We are currently recruiting for our next group cycle which begins in February 2024. This support group meets bi-weekly on Mondays from 5:30–7 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    For more information or to register, please contact Jonathan Morrison, LMSW, at jmorrison@cancercare.org or 516-740-8621.

  • Living With Cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-session (bi-weekly) live support group for people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in New York who are receiving a form of active treatment (which may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment). This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are recruiting for our next cycle, which will begin February 28, 2024. The group meets biweekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Cheryl Mullery, LMSW, at cmullery@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: Young Adult Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, bi-weekly live support group for people in New York between the ages 20-39 who have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving a form of active treatment (which may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment).

    Our group:

    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Helps you learn new ways of coping
    • Increases feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Provides you with practical information about treatment and resources
    • Helps you communicate better with your medical team and loved ones

    Start Date

    The February 2024 cycle is at capacity and closed for registration. The June 2024 cycle is currently open for registration. The group is open to New York residents only. This group meets biweekly on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST for 8 sessions.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Hayley Feuchs, LMSW, at hfeuchs@cancercare.org.

  • Living With Cancer: Spanish-Speaking Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live support group for Spanish-speaking people diagnosed with cancer, living in New York, who are receiving a form of active treatment (which may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments and/or advanced cancer treatment). This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis. The group is open to New York residents only.

    Start Date

    We are currently recruiting for our next support group cycle, which will begin October 27, 2023. The group will meet in person, every other Friday, from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

    Register

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or Sara Grisales Jaramillo, LMSW, at 212-712-8355 or sjaramillo@cancercare.org.

    Please note: This is an in-person support group at our New York City office. All visitors and clients must be fully vaccinated to enter CancerCare offices. Proof of vaccination is required prior to attendance. All visitors and clients are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times while at CancerCare.


    Descripción en Español

    CancerCare ofrece un grupo de apoyo en vivo gratuito de 8 semanas para personas que hablan español diagnosticadas con cáncer en Nueva York que están recibiendo una forma de tratamiento activo (que puede consisten en cirugía, quimioterapia, radiación, tratamientos hormonales y/o tratamiento de cáncer avanzado). Este grupo proporcionará un lugar seguro para intercambiar apoyo, obtener información y recibir orientación mientras discutiendo los desafíos únicos de vivir con un diagnóstico de cáncer. El grupo está abierto solo para residentes de Nueva York.

    Fecha de Inicio

    Este grupo está abierto. El próximo grupo iniciara en octubre 27, 2023. Este grupo se reúne en persona cada dos semanas los viernes, de 3 p.m. a las 4:30 p.m. ET.

    Registración

    El cupo está limitado y registración es requerida. Para mas información o para registrarse contacte nuestra línea de ayuda Hopeline al 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) o o comuníquese con Sara Grisales Jaramillo, LMSW, al 212-712-8355 o sjaramillo@cancercare.org.

    Tenga en cuenta: Este es un grupo de apoyo en persona en nuestra oficina de la ciudad de Nueva York. Todos los visitantes y clientes deben estar completamente vacunados para ingresar a las oficinas de CancerCare. Prueba de vacunación se requiere antes de la asistencia. Todos los visitantes y clientes deben usar una máscara que se cubre la boca y la nariz en todo momento mientras está en CancerCare.

    Llame a nuestra línea de esperanza al 800-813-HOPE (4673) o comuníquese con Sara Grisales Jaramillo, LMSW, al 212-712-8355 o sjaramillo@cancercare.org

Caregiver Support Groups

  • Connecting With Caregivers: General Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live support group for people in New York caring for a loved one with cancer. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support, get information and receive guidance while discussing the unique challenges of caregiving.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information and resources in your community

    Start Date

    This group meets weekly on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. The February 2024 cycle is at capacity and closed for registration. The June 2024 cycle is currently open for registration. Please call CancerCare’s Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) to speak with a social worker and register.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Dina Smith, LMSW, at 516-740-8622 or dsmith@cancercare.org.

  • Connecting With Caregivers: Young Adult Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, biweekly live support group (8 sessions) for people in New York in their 20s and 30s who are caring for a loved one with cancer. This group will provide a safe place to exchange support and receive information and guidance while discussing the unique challenges of caregiving as a young adult.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information and resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are recruiting for the next group cycle which will begin in February 2024. This support group meets biweekly on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Julia Manna, LMSW, at 212-712-8421 or jmanna@cancercare.org.

  • Kids Talk: Children’s Support Group

    Cancer impacts the whole family, including children. It’s normal for kids to experience many different emotions when a loved one is diagnosed. They can often feel isolated, scared, confused and angry, among many other things.

    Kids Talk is a safe, supportive environment, where children ages 7-12 can express their feelings, share their experiences and learn coping skills for dealing with big feelings. This group meets biweekly on Zoom, and pre-registration is required.

    Our Groups:

    • Reduces feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Helps kids learn new ways of coping
    • Increases feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Helps children communicate their emotions in a healthy way
    • Help connect children with peers who are navigating similar feelings and challenges

    We are currently recruiting for our next group cycle which begins February 2024. Group accepts new members after start date. This group meets biweekly on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Julia Manna, LMSW at 212-712-8421 or jmanna@cancercare.org.

  • Teen Talk: Adolescent Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week support group for teenagers impacted by cancer. This group will provide a safe space for teenagers ages 13-17, who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer in New York and New Jersey. This group will provide a space for teens to exchange support while discussing similar challenges of having a loved one with cancer. Activities and time to talk will allow group members the opportunity to express their feelings and receive feedback from peers dealing with similar concerns. Throughout each session participants will have the opportunity to explore the commonalities among members and receive/provide support.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused support
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress
    • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
    • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
    • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    We are currently recruiting for our next group cycle, which will begin February 21, 2024. This support group will meet biweekly on Wednesdays, from 4 - 5 p.m. ET.

    This group will utilize a secure video platform. Group members will still have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Shannon Coon, LMSW, at 212-712-8423 or scoon@cancercare.org.

Wig Clinic

Women diagnosed with any type of cancer who are receiving chemotherapy are eligible to receive a free wig. CancerCare provides new and gently used wigs in a variety of lengths, colors and styles. We offer both in-person (COVID vaccination required) and virtual appointments. During an in-person, 30-minute fitting, women have the opportunity to try on different wigs. Basic wig care is discussed, although we do not have the capacity to cut or style wigs ourselves.

For more information or to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, please call our Hopeline at 800-813-4673

Breast Prosthesis Clinic

Women with breast cancer who have had a mastectomy are eligible to receive mastectomy supplies free of charge. During an individual 30-minute fitting, women can try on mastectomy bras and breast prostheses with assistance from a trained fitter. We’re able to provide two mastectomy bras and a breast prosthesis free of charge. It is recommended that clients wait at least six weeks post-surgery to allow for proper healing.

For more information or to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, please call our Hopeline at 800-813-4673

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May20
Monday, May 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Deer Park, NY
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Monday, June 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Deer Park, NY
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Tuesday, March 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. National, USA
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Mar19
Coping Circle Workshop Series: Clinical Trials
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