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 case management, 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 master’s-prepared oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

  • Our programs and services helped 174,600 people affected by cancer, and we welcomed over 2.4 million visits to our websites.
  • Our professional oncology social workers provided emotional and practical support to 79,842 people through our Hopeline, individual counseling, support groups and community programs.
  • CancerCare provided $39.7 million in financial assistance to 24,767 people to help with treatment-related costs such as transportation, home care, child care and co-payment assistance.
  • Leading experts in oncology led 71 Connect Education Workshops, featuring 123 faculty members and 97 partner organizations, drawing 70,067 participants.
  • CancerCare distributed 1,225,895 print and digital publications to health care professionals, patients and caregivers.
  • MyCancerCircle™ served 36,557 active users in 1,715 active caregiver communities.
  • Users completed 59,581 searches in our Online Helping Hand to find practical and financial assistance locally and nationwide.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

CancerCare’s Long Island office was opened in 1978 to ensure that Long Island residents have full access to all CancerCare services. We are generously supported by United Way of Long Island.

Our Mission

CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including case management, counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by master’s-prepared oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

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Face-to-Face Support Groups in Long Island

Free Wigs

Our Long Island office offers a monthly free wig workshop on the second Thursday of every month. Appointments can be arranged by calling 516-740-8620.

Patient Support Groups

  • Living With Cancer: Lung Cancer Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 12-week live support group for people diagnosed with lung cancer in New York who are receiving a form of active treatment or for post-treatment survivors. 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

    This support group takes place on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

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

Caregiver Support Groups

  • Connecting With Caregivers: General Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 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
    • 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 loved ones
    • Provide you with practical information and resources in your community

    Start Date

    This support group takes place on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 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, please call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Winfield Boerckel, LCSW-R, at 516-740-8620 or wboerckel@cancercare.org.

Community Programs in Long Island

  • What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Establishing a Care Plan

    Tuesday, January 19, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    CancerCare is hosting a series of educational workshops this fall and winter for people affected by brain cancer and/or glioblastoma. This series, called What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer, will offer communication strategies, mindfulness tips, practical advice for living with a cancer diagnosis and much more!

    Each workshop will feature a 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of open discussion for questions and the opportunity to connect with other workshop participants. Whether you choose to join for just one workshop or for all eight sessions, we look forward to seeing you there!

    This workshop will utilize a secure video platform. Participants will have the option to call in if they do not have access to video technology.

    This support group is presented in partnership with the Brain Tumor Foundation.

    Series Dates & Times

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer: Coping With Your New Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Part I - Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer: Coping With Your New Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Part II - Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer: Doctor, Can We Talk?: Communicating With Your Medical Team - Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Communicating With Loved Ones, Part I - Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Communicating With Loved Ones, Part II- Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Managing Treatments and Side Effects- Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Strategies for Mindfulness and Self-Care: How to Cope With a Brain Cancer Diagnosis - Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET

    What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer Workshop: Establishing a Care Plan - Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 3 p.m. - 4p.m. ET Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Paige Soleimani, LMSW, at 212-712-8357 or psoleimani@cancercare.org.

  • Young Adult Virtual Yoga Class

    Wednesday, January 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    CancerCare is partnering with Nathan Lowry, a registered yoga instructor, to provide a free yoga class to young adults between the ages of 20 – 39 that have been impacted by cancer.

    Whether you are in treatment, post treatment or caring for a loved one with cancer, this yoga series is a great way to engage in self-care and mind-body practice. contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact our Young Adult Program Coordinator, Marlee Kiel, LMSW, at 212-712-8029 or mkiel@cancercare.org.

    This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

  • Young Adult Virtual Mindfulness & Acupressure to Manage Anxiety While Navigating a Cancer Diagnosis

    Thursday, January 28, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Are you a Young Adult affected by cancer? Are you seeking more information about the impact of cancer, survivorship or quality of life?

    CancerCare is hosting a series of educational workshops for Young Adults affected by cancer. These workshops will provide information pertaining to relevant topics such as: fertility preservation, dating & relationships, survivorship, nutrition & exercise, communicating with your medical team, returning to work/disclosing in the workplace and many others!

    Our next workshop will be led by Ryan Smith, a licensed acupuncturist, with experience working at some of the world’s leading cancer centers, including the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center where he spearheaded the Oncology Acupuncture Externship Program. The topic of this workshop will be: Wellness & Acupressure to Manage Anxiety While Navigating a Cancer Diagnosis. Come join us to learn about how you can use wellness and specific acupressure techniques to manage anxiety. contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact our Young Adult Program Coordinator, Marlee Kiel, LMSW, at 212-712-8029 or mkiel@cancercare.org.

    This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

  • Young Adult Virtual Pilates Class

    Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    CancerCare is partnering with Heather Giesa, a certified pilates instructor, to provide a free pilates class to young adults between the ages of 20 – 39 that have been impacted by cancer.

    Whether you are in treatment, post treatment or caring for a loved one with cancer, this pilates class is a great way to engage in self-care and mind-body practice. Contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact our Young Adult Program Coordinator, Marlee Kiel, LMSW, at 212-712-8029 or mkiel@cancercare.org.

    This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

  • Caregiving and COVID-19: Practical Concerns

    Thursday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    CancerCare is hosting our two-part series on Caregiving and COVID-19 in the new year. Our first workshop will focus on practical concerns and information for caregivers related to COVID-19 such as understanding COVID-19, communicating with your loved one’s medical team and much more. Our second workshop will focus on the emotional concerns caregivers may be experiencing such as coping with their own fears about COVID-19, burnout as well as ways to integrate more self-care.

    If you are a new caregiver, a caregiver who was unable to attend in the fall or a caregiver who participated and is looking for more information and support, please join us to learn more about how COVID-19 has changed caregiving and connect with other caregivers. You are welcome to register for one workshop or both!

    Date/Time

    Caregiving and COVID-19: Practical Concerns: Thursday, February 4 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST.

    Caregiving and COVID-19: Emotional Concerns: Thursday, February 11 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST. This program is open to national caregivers and is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Alyson Erardy, LMSW at 212-712-8075 or aerardy@cancercare.org.

  • For Men: Living Well with Cancer, Module III: Let’s Talk About Sex: Cancer Recovery and Sexual Health

    Monday, February 8, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    CancerCare’s Men’s Program is proud to present a series of virtual workshops focused on the needs of men affected by cancer – men with cancer and men who are cancer caregivers. The workshop modules will each focus on a specific issue that are known to impact the quality of life of men who are learning to cope with cancer and treatment. The objective is to assist and support men in living with cancer with the purpose of providing resource information, health care education, as well as suggestions for improving life ‘with cancer’ skills.

    Facilitators

    Bill Goeren, LCSW-R, OSW-C, SEP is the Director of Clinical Programs at CancerCare and also coordinates the Men’s Program and the LGBTQ+ Program as well as the nutrition and legal services.

    Ryan Smith, M.S., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., C.SMA is a licensed acupuncturist with experience interning or working at some of the world’s leading health centers, including the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. As the Founder and Director of 5 Point Acupuncture, he utilizes acupuncture’s precision and power as part of a holistic, integrative approach to health and well-being.

    Dr. Joseph Alukal, MD, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, Urology, Associate Professor of Urology at CUMC. Registration is limited and required for each workshop. To register or for more information about the Mens Program Living with Cancer workshops, email Bill Goeren at wgoeren@cancercare.org. For information about this workshop as well as other CancerCare programs and services, please call the CancerCare toll free Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE(4673).

  • Young Adult Trivia Night: The Office

    Wednesday, February 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Are you a young adult affected by cancer? Have you seen every episode of The Office? Do you love Trivia?

    Come join us for our first night of virtual trivia! This is open to all young adults impacted by cancer and their loved ones (you can have one teammate join you!). Once the night begins, teams will be created and we will play two rounds with a short intermission in-between. The team with the most points will win an Amazon gift card! contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact our Young Adult Program Coordinator, Marlee Kiel, LMSW, at 212-712-8029 or mkiel@cancercare.org.

  • Caregiving and COVID-19: Emotional Concerns

    Thursday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    CancerCare is hosting our two-part series on Caregiving and COVID-19 in the new year. Our first workshop will focus on practical concerns and information for caregivers related to COVID-19 such as understanding COVID-19, communicating with your loved one’s medical team and much more. Our second workshop will focus on the emotional concerns caregivers may be experiencing such as coping with their own fears about COVID-19, burnout as well as ways to integrate more self-care.

    If you are a new caregiver, a caregiver who was unable to attend in the fall or a caregiver who participated and is looking for more information and support, please join us to learn more about how COVID-19 has changed caregiving and connect with other caregivers. You are welcome to register for one workshop or both!

    Date/Time

    Caregiving and COVID-19: Practical Concerns: Thursday, February 4 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST.

    Caregiving and COVID-19: Emotional Concerns: Thursday, February 11 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm EST. This program is open to national caregivers and is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Alyson Erardy, LMSW at 212-712-8075 or aerardy@cancercare.org.

  • For Men: Living Well with Cancer, Module IV: Combating the Stress Response with Mindfulness Techniques

    Monday, April 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    CancerCare’s Men’s Program is proud to present a series of virtual workshops focused on the needs of men affected by cancer – men with cancer and men who are cancer caregivers. The workshop modules will each focus on a specific issue that are known to impact the quality of life of men who are learning to cope with cancer and treatment. The objective is to assist and support men in living with cancer with the purpose of providing resource information, health care education, as well as suggestions for improving life ‘with cancer’ skills.

    Facilitators

    Bill Goeren, LCSW-R, OSW-C, SEP is the Director of Clinical Programs at CancerCare and also coordinates the Men’s Program and the LGBTQ+ Program as well as the nutrition and legal services.

    Ryan Smith, M.S., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., C.SMA is a licensed acupuncturist with experience interning or working at some of the world’s leading health centers, including the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. As the Founder and Director of 5 Point Acupuncture, he utilizes acupuncture’s precision and power as part of a holistic, integrative approach to health and well-being.

    Dr. Joseph Alukal, MD, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, Urology, Associate Professor of Urology at CUMC. Registration is limited and required for each workshop. To register or for more information about the Mens Program Living with Cancer workshops, email Bill Goeren at wgoeren@cancercare.org. For information about this workshop as well as other CancerCare programs and services, please call the CancerCare toll free Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE(4673).

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