Social Work & Cancer Support Groups

 

We understand that patients who face illness and hospitalization often have social/emotional concerns. Research has shown that social work interventions with cancer survivors may improve length of survival, as it reduces an individual’s stress level and helps to provide a continuum of care. The Case Management Department has NYS Certified Social Workers here to help you with those needs.

Our oncology social worker offers emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their families through individual counseling and support groups. Their work helps patients attain the best possible quality of life from new diagnoses through ongoing illness and treatment to end-of-life issues when appropriate. The social worker can help clients handle the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, including speaking, understanding treatment options, coping with feelings and reducing stress, as well as navigating family relationships and the workplace. They can connect patients with additional services, as well as refer them to any other necessary health professionals, such as a nutritionist or a psychologist.

 

Support Groups

Our free-of-charge bi-monthly support groups focus on living with cancer and the changes created by the disease and its treatment. Participants discuss their concerns, issues and individual roles in the cancer treatment process. The groups give patients a wonderful opportunity to share information and give support to others who are facing similar challenges brought on by cancer. Support groups are a great place to find reassurance, encouragement and comfort.

 

Prostate Cancer Support Group

This support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9:30-11:00 am. This group is for men with prostate cancer.

 

Coping Together Support Group

This support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm. This group is for individuals with cancer and their families and friends.

 

Look Good Feel Better Program

Sponsored once a month by the American Cancer Society, volunteer cosmetologists teach patients how to improve their confidence and pamper themselves using make-up techniques. Each woman receives complimentary cosmetics and skin care products donated by the co-sponsored cosmetic brand.