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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 New Jersey office was opened in 1982 to ensure that New Jersey residents have full access to all CancerCare services.

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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Live Support Groups in New Jersey

For Patients

  • Spanish-Speaking Patient Support Group

    CancerCare will be facilitating an eight-week patients’ support group for those looking for support and positive ways to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. The support group will be open to Spanish speaking women and men diagnosed with cancer who are in treatment.

    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 about treatment
    • Provide you with resources in your community

    Start Date

    The next cycle will begin September 10, 2020. This group meets every two weeks on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    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.

    Register

    Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Cecilia Acosta, LSW, at 201-301-6813 or cacosta@cancercare.org


    Descripción en Español

    CancerCare estara facilitando un grupo de apoyo de 8 semanas para pacientes que buscan apoyo y maneras positivas para sobrellevar su diagnóstico de cancer y tratamiento. El grupo de apoyo ésta abierto para pacientes de habla hispana que están diagnosticados con cáncer y estan en tratamiento.

    Las reuniones seran virtuales debido a la preocupación pública relacionada al COVID-19.

    Nuestros Grupos:

    • Proveen apoyo centrado en el cáncer
    • Reducen sentimientos de soledad, ansiedad y angustia
    • Ayudan aumentar sentimientos de esperanza y empoderamiento
    • Asisten en aprender maneras nuevas de afrontar el cáncer
    • Ayudan mejorar comunicación con sus seres queridos
    • Proveen información práctica sobre tratamientos
    • Proveen recursos en su comunidad

    Fecha de Inicio

    Las reuniones seran cada dos semanas con fecha de inicio el Jueves 10 de septiembre del 2020 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Registración

    El cupo está limitado y registración es requerida. Para mas información o para registrarse contactarse con Cecilia Acosta, LSW, at 201-301-6813 or cacosta@cancercare.org

  • Living with Cancer: Breast Cancer Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, live support group for people diagnosed with breast cancer in New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment or are post-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

    This support group takes place on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET, at Penn Medicine Breast Health Center, located at 300B Princeton Hightstown Road, East Windsor, NJ.

    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 Lois Glasser, LMSW, at 201-301-6807 or lglasser@cancercare.org.

  • Living with Cancer: General Patient Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, live support group for people diagnosed with cancer in New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment or are post-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

    This support group takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, at the Monroe Senior Center, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township, NJ.

    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 Lois Glasser, LMSW, at 201-301-6807 or lglasser@cancercare.org.

  • Living with Cancer: Men with Cancer Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live support group for men diagnosed with cancer in New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment or are post-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:

    The current cycle of this group is full. This support group meets biweekly on Tuesdays 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, call Christine Calafiore, LSW, at 201-301-6804 or ccalafiore@cancercare.org.

  • Living with Cancer: Prostate Cancer Patient and Family Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, live support group for people diagnosed with prostate cancer and their family members in New Jersey who are receiving a form of active treatment or are post-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 and resources in your community

    Start Date

    This support group takes place on the second Wednesday of each month, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, at the Penn Medicine Center for Cancer Care at Plainsboro, located on Route 1 between Scudders Mill Road and Plainsboro Road.

    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 Lois Glasser, LMSW, at 201-301-6807.

For Caregivers and Loved Ones

  • 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
    • 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

    The current cycle of this group is full. This support group meets biweekly on Wednesday evenings.

    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 Christine Calafiore, LSW, at 201-301-6804 or ccalafiore@cancercare.org.

Bereavement/Grief

  • Living with Loss: Spouse and Partner Bereavement Support Group

    CancerCare is offering a free, 8-week live support group for people in New Jersey who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to cancer 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 grief and loss.

    Our Groups:

    • Provide cancer-focused bereavement 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 currently recruiting for our next group cycle, which begins September 14, 2020. This support group meets on Mondays 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, call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or contact Cecilia Acosta, LSW, at 201-301-6813 or cacosta@cancercare.org.

Community Programs in New Jersey

  • Reiki Class

    Wednesday, October 14, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Reiki is a gentle energy treatment that balances out the body, supports the immune system, and feels great! Join our Zoom class and experience the relaxing, energizing qualities of Reiki. Yes, it works at a distance! Registration is required. Please contact 800‑813‑HOPE (4673).

  • Reiki Class

    Wednesday, November 18, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Reiki is a gentle energy treatment that balances out the body, supports the immune system, and feels great! Join our Zoom class and experience the relaxing, energizing qualities of Reiki. Yes, it works at a distance! Registration is required. Please contact 800‑813‑HOPE (4673).

  • Reiki Class

    Wednesday, December 16, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Reiki is a gentle energy treatment that balances out the body, supports the immune system, and feels great! Join our Zoom class and experience the relaxing, energizing qualities of Reiki. Yes, it works at a distance! Registration is required. Please contact 800‑813‑HOPE (4673).

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

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 people with cancer by providing nourishing meals to households affected by cancer. The program is currently available in and around Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Andover, MA, Raleigh-Durham, NC and New Haven, CT (as well areas in New York, New Hampshire and Boston, MA). 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 cancer, and up to ten additional meals for their family members, if requested.

For more information please visit magnoliamealsathome.com or contact Kathy Nugent, LCSW at 800-813-4673, ext. 6809

Free Cleaning Service

MaidPro, a professional home cleaning company has partnered with CancerCare to provide free housekeeping services for people with cancer in specific towns in Bergen County (Emerson, Oradell, River Edge, Ridgewood, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Wyckoff, Allendale, Paramus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Waldwick, Washington Township, HoHoKus and Ramsey, NJ) and Morris County (Randolph, Mount Tabor, Cedar Knolls, Florham Park, East Hanover, Madison, Mendham, Morris Plains, Morristown, Whippany, Boonton, Lake Hiawatha, Parsippany, and Denville, NJ). Patients must be registered with the New Jersey office of CancerCare. For more information, please contact Kathy Nugent, LCSW, Director of Regional Programs at 201-301-6809 or knugent@cancercare.org, or Ariana Parmese, Regional Coordinator at 201-301-6808 or aparmese@cancercare.org. For additional information about MaidPro, you can visit maidpro.com/fairlawn.

*Cleaning service is based on the availability of the MaidPro staff. Ongoing service is not guaranteed.

Events

Board of Managers

  • Michael Morrone
    President
  • Tom Carracino
    Secretary
  • Shabnam Kazmi
    Past President
  • Cynthia F. Brogdon
  • Teresa Cronin
  • Joyce Heller
  • John F. Kouten
  • Gerald Najarian
  • Anne Marie Robertson
  • Richard A. Sackin
  • Diane Weiss
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