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Cancer Support Groups at North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute

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Joining a cancer support group can be one of the best ways to cope with your diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment issues. Support groups allow you to connect with others who are going through the same experience and empower you to move beyond your diagnosis and face the challenges, head on. For details, dates and times for the support groups below, please contact one of the people listed or visit our event calendar.

General Cancer and New Diagnosis

Oncology Support Group
For any diagnosis or stage of cancer; for patients and/or caregivers
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Huntington Hospital                                     
Women’s Health Center                
270 Park Avenue                 
Huntington, NY 11743 

Sue Degnan, LMSW, OSW-C — (631) 351-2013
Mary Gordon, RN — (631) 351-2725

Cancer Survivor Workshop
Call for dates and times
Location to be announced (Huntington area)

Sue Degnan, LMSW, OSW-C — (631) 351-2013
Susan Simpson, MSLIS — (631) 351-2283

People Living with Cancer & Caregivers
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Ella Strzepa, LMSW — (516) 734-8817                                                                 
Sandra Caparco, LMSW — (516) 734-8744

General Cancer Support Group
Call for dates and times (first Monday of every month, except in July and August)
Pre-registration is not required

Staten Island University Hospital
Nalitt Institute for Cancer & Blood-Related Diseases                      
256C Mason  Avenue
Library Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Staten  Island, NY10305

Loretta DeSimone — (718) 226-8888

Patient Cancer Support Group
Call for dates and times (second Wednesday of every month)
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center
Oncology Building, 3rd Floor
270-05 76th Avenue                                         
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Sharon Lerman, LCSW — (718) 470-8964

Cancer Support Group
For cancer survivors and their families
Call for dates and times

Franklin Hospital
900 Franklin Avenue
1st Floor Conference Room
Valley Stream, NY  11580

Anna Rossetti — (516) 256-6025

Joy of Journaling
New group forming
Please call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Donna Vignola, LCSW — (516) 734-8816

Women’s Cancer Support Group              
Please call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center
Oncology Building Level C,
Dept. of Radiation Medicine
270-05 76th Avenue                                         
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Alison Hochhauser, LCSW, OSW-C — (718) 470-7033 

Free Parent Support Group
For parents and/or caregivers with cancer
Weekly meetings: Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am
Pre-registration required

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Teaching Center, Ground Floor of Research Building
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Ingrid McFarlane, MSW, LCSW - (718) 470-3124 

Bereavement

Bereavement Group
Call for dates and times (held twice a year: spring and fall)
Pre-registration required

Huntington Hospital                                      
Women’s Health Center                                        
270 Park Avenue                                       
Huntington, NY 11743

Sue Degnan, LMSW, OSW-C, AHCP-SW — (631) 351-2013

Handling the Holidays for the Bereaved
Call for dates and times (held in November)
Pre-registration required

Huntington Hospital                                      
Women’s Health Center                                         
270 Park Avenue                                       
Huntington, NY 11743

Sue Degnan, LMSW, OSW-C, AHCP-SW — (631) 351-2013

Bereavement Group, Cancer-Related Loss
Call for dates and times (5:30pm – 7pm)
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Sandra Caparco, LMSW — (516) 734-8744
Majorie Fricano, RN — (516) 734-8942

Center for Hope
For children and parents who have lost a loved one
Call for dates and times
Eight week close ended groups offered several times a year

Bereavement Coordinator - (516) 216-5194
Department of Social Work - (718) 470-3124

Bone Marrow / Stem Cell Transplant

Post-Transplant Support Group
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Jaime LaMarca, LMSW — (516) 562-8429

Brain Tumor

Brain Tumor Support Group
Designed to help adults with brain tumors improve their quality of life and share their experiences
Call for dates and times (second Tuesday of every month)
Pre-registration is not required

North Shore University Hospital
Kaufman Board Room, 1st Floor
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

Eileen Fusco, ANP-C — (516) 562-3025                            
Louise Anne Purcell, ANP-C — (516) 562-3058

Breast Cancer

Bridge to Survivorship
A program for breast cancer survivors who have completed active treatment and are seeking information and support to help them face the new journey of being cancer survivors. 
Call for dates and times.
Pre-registration required.

Monter Cancer Center
450 Lakeville Road
Conference Room
Lake Success, NY 11040

Contact Sandra Caparco, LMSW, OSW-C, at 516-734-8744

Breast Cancer Support Group
For cancer patients, survivors and their families in partnership with Town of Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

Southside Hospital
Library Conference Room A
301 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706                                                          

Georgiana Crowley or Sharon Martelack — (631) 968-7424

Breast Cancer Support Group I
For newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, up to one year post-diagnosis
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

Huntington Hospital                                                        
270 Park Avenue                 
1 North Lounge
Huntington, NY 11743                                                        

Gail Probst, RN — (631) 351-2568
Joyce Davis — (631) 547-6385

Breast Cancer Support Group II
Informal discussion for women diagnosed with breast cancer more than one year ago
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

Huntington Hospital                                      
270 Park Avenue                 
1 South, Conference Room # 1
Huntington, NY 11743                                  

Toni Lico — (631) 757-4581

Sisters of Greater Long Island
An African-American breast cancer survivors organization
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

Huntington Hospital
270 Park Avenue
1 SouthWest Conference Room
Huntington, NY 11743

Babylon Pool and Recreation Center
Phelps Lane
Deer Park, NY 11729

Patricia — (516) 557-9141
Cynthia — (631) 549-4482
Ruby — (631) 784-0923 

Beyond Breast Cancer Group
Call for dates and times (second Thursday of every month)
Pre-registration required

North Shore University Hospital
Radiation Medicine Waiting Room
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

Gina DiVincenzo, LCSW-R, OSW-C — (516) 562-2825

Breast Cancer Support Group
Call for dates and times (last Saturday of every month — except July and August — and held on the Saturday before if holiday)
Pre-registration not required

Staten Island University Hospital
Medical Arts Pavilion
Great Room, 2nd floor
242 Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Loretta DeSimone — (718) 226-8888

Caregivers Support

Caregiver Support Group
Who takes care of the caregiver
Call for dates and times (third Monday of every month, expect July and August)
Pre-registration not required

Staten Island University Hospital
Nalitt Institute for Cancer & Blood-Related Diseases
Library Conference Room, 2nd Floor
256C Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Loretta DeSimone — (718) 226-8888

People Living with Cancer & Caregivers
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
450 Lakeville Road
Conference Room
Lake Success, NY 11042

Ella Strzepa, LMSW — (516) 734-8817                                                                                
Sandra Caparco, LMSW — (516) 734-8744

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

CLL Support Program
For patients and caregivers with chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center                             
CLL Research and Treatment Program                                                    
410 Lakeville Road
Suite 212                                                                     
New Hyde Park, NY 11040  

Angelica Hollweg, RPA-C — (718) 470-4050

Head and Neck

Laryngectomy Support Group
Please call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center                                          
Hearing and Speech Building
410 Lakeville Road
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Linda Glazer, LCSW, DSW — (718) 470-8631

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)
Please call for dates and times (third Thursday of every month)
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center                                          
Speech and Hearing Center
Conference Room, Lower Level
410 Lakeville Road
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Sharon Lerman, LCSW — (718) 470-8964
Lynn Gormley — (516) 628-1219

Look Good…Feel Better

Look Good…Feel Better (Valley Stream)
For all female cancer patients 16 years or older
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Franklin Hospital                                             
900 Franklin Avenue                                         
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Audrey Tullo — (516) 256-6397

Look Good…Feel Better (Lake Success)
For all female cancer patients 16 years or older
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Donna Vignola, LCSW — (516) 734-8816

Look Good…Feel Better (Staten Island)
For all female cancer patients 16 years or older
Call for dates and times (held four times a year: February, May, September and December)
Pre-registration required

Staten Island University Hospital
Nalitt Institute for Cancer & Blood-Related Diseases
Conference Room, 2nd Floor
256C Mason Avenue
Staten  Island, NY 10305

Loretta DeSimone — (718) 226-8888

Look Good…Feel Better (Plainview)
For all female cancer patients 16 years or older
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803

Nancy Geller, LCSW, BCD — (516) 719-2570
Rebecca Aguirre — (516) 719-2570

Look Good…Feel Better (New Hyde Park)
For all female cancer patients 16 years or older
Call for dates and times (second Monday of every month)  
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center
Oncology Building C-Level
Dept. of Radiation Medicine
270-05 76th Avenue                                         
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Sharon Lerman, LCSW — (718) 470-8964   

Lymphoma

Lymphoma Support Group for Patients and their Families
Please call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Sharon Daneshgar, LCSW — (516) 562-8715

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Support and Education Group
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Ella Strzepa, LMSW — (516) 734-8817

“Man to Man” Prostate Cancer Support Group
Call for dates and times (second Monday of every month, except July & August)
Pre-registration not required

Staten Island University Hospital
Nalitt Institute for Cancer & Blood-Related  Diseases
256C Mason Avenue
Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY10305

Loretta DeSimone — (718) 226-8888

Smoking Cessation

Ann’s Hope — Nicotine Anonymous
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

Huntington Hospital                                      
270 Park Avenue                 
1 Southwest Conference Room
Huntington, NY 11743                                 

Patti Aliperti — (631) 385-1410

Smoking Cessation Program
Group or individual quit programs are available
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

North Shore-LIJ Health System                                              
Center for Tobacco Control
225 Community Drive, South Entrance                                               
Great Neck, NY 11021

Patricia Folan, RN, MS, CTTS — (516) 466-1890

Nicotine Anonymous Support Group

Call for dates and times
Pre-registration not required

North Shore-LIJ Health System                                              
Center for Tobacco Control
225 Community Drive, South Entrance                                                
Great Neck, NY 11021

Patricia Folan, RN, MS, CTTS — (516) 466-1890

Wellness Support

Path to Wellness after Cancer Survivorship Program
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Donna Vignola, LCSW — (516) 734-8816                       
Sharon Lerman, LCSW — (718) 470-8964

Relaxation Classes
Call for dates and times
Pre-registration required

Monter Cancer Center
Conference Room
450 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, NY 11042

Donna Vignola, LCSW — (516) 734-8816                            

Gentle Chair Yoga                                       
Call for dates and times (restarting in April)
Pre-registration required

LIJ Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue                                         
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Sharon Lerman, LCSW — (718) 470-8964