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For Women
For Men
For Breast Cancer Patients
For Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients
For Waldenstrom's Patients
For All Cancer Patients
Tobacco Cessation
For Caregivers Of Cancer Patients

For Women:

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: 2nd and last Tuesday of every month
TIMES: 10:00am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Call for directions – to register

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 – to register

For Men:

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 – to register

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 – Friends
CONTACT: 917-830-4357 or info@ustoonewyork.org
MEETING DATES: Third Thursday of Every Month
TIMES: 6:00 - 8:30pm
LOCATION: 1300 York Avenue (at 69th Street) Room A-126

For Breast Cancer Patients:

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: By Appointment
TIMES: By Appointment
LOCATION: Call for directions – to register

Complimentary Therapies Program - Weill Cornell Breast Center

Complimentary therapies (guided imagery, therapeutic touch, progressive relaxation, and aromatherapy) are available to help manager symptoms.

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer
CONTACT: Robbie Altman (212-821-0923)
MEETING DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays
TIMES: 1:30 – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Call for directions – to register

For Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients:

Colorectal Cancer Support Group

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients who have been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer
CONTACT: Lauren Shaffer (212-746-5671)
MEETING DATES: Call to register
TIMES: 6:00 - 8:00pm
LOCATION: 1st Floor, The Jay Monahan Center, 1315 York Avenue

Ostomy Support Group (NYP/Weill Cornell)

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients with an ostomy
CONTACT: cadc@nyp.org
MEETING DATES: Call to register
TIMES: 7:00 - 8:00pm
LOCATION: 1st Floor, The Jay Monahan Center, 1315 York Avenue

Genetic Counseling (NYP/Weill Cornell)

Genetic testing and counseling is available for gastrointestinal diseases, including Lynch Syndrome, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer among others.

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients with a history of hereditary GI cancers
CONTACT: 212-746-5729
MEETING DATES: Call to register
TIMES: Call to register
LOCATION: NYP/Weill Cornell

Social Work Services (NYP/Weill Cornell)

Services including psychosocial counseling are available for digestive disease patients.

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients who have been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer.

CONTACT: 212-746-4014
MEETING DATES: Call to register
TIMES: Call to register
LOCATION: NYP/Weill Cornell

Nutrition Services (NYP/Weill Cornell)

Nutrition services specifically tailored to address the needs of digestive disease patients are available free of charge.

WHO MAY ATTEND: For patients who have been diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer

CONTACT: 212-746-4014
MEETING DATES: Tuesday-Friday
TIMES: Call to register
LOCATION: NYP/Weill Cornell
TIMES: 6:00 - 7:30pm (Advanced Registration Required)
LOCATION: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, LI

For Waldenstrom's Patients:

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: 1/11/15, 3/15/15, 5/03/15, 7/12/15, 9/20/15, 11/15/15
TIMES: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Weill Greenberg Center, 1305 York Avenue, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, 2nd Floor

For All Cancer Patients:

Navigation Services

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 – Caregivers (Payson 3)
CONTACT: Elaine D. Omenih (347-523-7067)
MEETING DATES: Monday - Friday
TIMES: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Leukemia – Lymphoma Society Ambassador Program (Leukemia – Lymphoma Society)

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

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Patients – Caregivers (Payson 3)
CONTACT: 212-376-7100
MEETING DATES: 1st Monday – 3rd Tuesday of Every Month
TIMES: 10:00am - 1:00pm
LOCATION: Payson 3, 525 East 68th Street

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 – Caregivers (Payson 3)
CONTACT: Elaine D. Omenih (347-523-7067)
MEETING DATES: Monday - Friday
TIMES: 9:00am - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Payson 3 Infusion Suite

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

Individualized Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy and Counseling Services

Registered Dieticians are available to meet with patients (and caregivers) undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment regarding related side effects, unwanted weight changes, questions about food choices, supplements, special diets, and any other questions regarding diet and nutrition.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Patients – Caregivers (Chemotherapy)
CONTACT: Nutrition Wellness Center (212-746-0838)
MEETING DATES: Monday - Friday
TIMES: By Appointment
LOCATION: 520 East 70th Street, Starr Pavilion, Room 529

Inpatient Nutrition Classes

WHO MAY ATTEND: Inpatient Oncology Patients – Caregivers
CONTACT: Glenis George-Alexander
MEETING DATES: Wednesdays
TIMES: 10:30-11:00am
LOCATION: Greenberg 10th Floor, Patient Lounge, Room 224

Outpatient Nutrition Navigator

Our nutrition navigator reaches out to oncology patients by phone and/or during treatment visits to identify nutrition risks and challenges and connect patients and caregivers with our registered dietitians.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Outpatients
CONTACT: Nutrition Wellness Center (212-746-0838)
MEETING DATES: By Appointment

Milkshake Program

Sponsored by Nancy’s Friends, the NYP Oncology Milkshake Program provides opportunities for cancer patients to enjoy milkshakes during treatment periods. Milkshakes serve as high calorie and protein snacks in addition to comfort foods during difficult-to-eat periods. Our patients look forward to this special program.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Inpatients
CONTACT: Gladys Alexander
MEETING DATES: Several times during the week
LOCATION: Greenberg 10C, 10S, 10W

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Outpatients
MEETING DATES: Several times during the week
LOCATION: Infusion Outpatient Units

Bereavement Group

WHO MAY ATTEND: Patients, Families – Caregivers
CONTACT: 212-746-1939
MEETING DATES: By Appointment
TIMES: By Appointment
LOCATION: Call for directions – to register

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 – caregivers
CONTACT: 212-746-6971
MEETING DATES: By Appointment
TIMES: By Appointment
LOCATION: All Patient Care Units

Meditation

WHO MAY ATTEND: Oncology Patients – Caregivers (Payson 3)
CONTACT: Elaine D. Omenih (347-523-7067)
MEETING DATES: Tuesdays
TIMES: 11:00am - 12:30pm
LOCATION: Payson 3 Infusion Suite. Call to register

Meditation, Guided Imagery – Centering Prayer

WHO MAY ATTEND: All oncology patients – 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 – Caregivers (Payson 3)
CONTACT: Elaine D. Omenih (347-523-7067)
MEETING DATES: Mondays
TIMES: 12:00 - 3:00pm
LOCATION: Payson 3 Infusion Suite. Call to register

Tobacco Cessation:

Tobacco Cessation 1:1 Counseling – Treatment

WHO MAY ATTEND: Open to staff, patients – the community
CONTACT: Staci Lubansky (212-746-2881 or slubansk@med.cornell.edu)
MEETING DATES: By Appointment
TIMES: By Appointment
LOCATION: Call for directions – to register

For Caregivers Of Cancer Patients:

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

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 – Family Members
CONTACT: 212-746-4320
MEETING DATES: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
TIMES: 1:00 - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Education Center in the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute
Greenberg Pavilion, 4th Floor

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