is a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and grow out of
control. Most types of cancer cells eventually form a lump or mass called a
tumor, and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates.
vast majority of breast cancers begin in the parts of the breast tissue that
are made up of glands for milk production, called lobules, and ducts that
connect the lobules to the nipple. The remainder of the breast is made up of
fatty, connective, and lymphatic tissues.
cancer is typically detected either during a screening examination, before
symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump. Most masses seen on a
mammogram and most breast lumps turn out to be benign; that is, they are not
cancerous, do not grow uncontrollably or spread, and are not life-threatening.
When cancer is suspected, microscopic analysis of breast tissue is necessary
for a definitive diagnosis and to determine the extent of spread (in situ or
invasive) and characterize the type of the disease. The tissue for microscopic
analysis can be obtained via a needle or surgical biopsy. Selection of the type
of biopsy is based on individual patient clinical factors, availability of
particular biopsy devices, and resources.
The New York State Breast Cancer
Support and Education Network (NYSBCSEN) is the only statewide network of
community-based, survivor-driven breast cancer organizations in New York.
Collectively our member organizations reach over 100,000 New Yorkers each year
with essential breast cancer support and education services. NYSBCSEN facilitates
member organizations sharing programs and resources, inter-organization
referrals for services, public policy updates, and a support and education
system for those who are working each day in the fight against breast cancer.
The NYS Breast Cancer Network has
launched a virtual library to provide important information to New Yorkers
affected by breast cancer. This resource provides updated information about a
wide range of topics including medical marijuana, the link between breast
cancer and BPA, and the link between breast cancer and flacking. Please visit
www.nysbcsen.org to find updated information on these important topics and
more. If you are interested in a specific topic and would like to request
information on that topic be included in the library, please email suggestions
to [email protected] The NYSBCSEN is grateful to the NYS Assembly for their
funding of this important new resource.
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer
Hotline & Support Program. Hotline: 800.877.8077 Raptis, MD, MBA, Acting
Executive Director, Northwell Health Cancer Institute [email protected]
Breast Cancer Support Groups
General: Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in this
Caregivers of People with Breast
Cancer-Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one
with breast cancer should attend this group
Young Women 40 and Under: Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This support group will focus on the unique
needs and concerns of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer
Newly Diagnosed: Friday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. When a person first hears they are diagnosed
with breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking for
Women with Metastatic Disease-
2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month -7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Meet with other women who are surviving metastatic breast cancer.
Knit and Chat-Last Wednesday of the Month
-11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancer
survivors. Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate to
someone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
All groups will meet at the
Adelphi School of Social Work in Garden City.
-A Virtual Support Group, Support Group for Men with Breast Cancer and BRCA+
Support Group is available upon request.
-For information, questions, or to join a support group, call Erin Nau, LCSW,
Counseling & Education Coordinator at 516-877-4314 or [email protected] All
services are free and confidential. These support groups are for ALL SURVIVORS.
The Alpern Family Foundation sponsors our 2016 support groups
1. Nutrition Forum-Date: Monday, May 2, 2018- Time:
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni House at Adelphi University (154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden
This forum will discuss The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Nutrition
Defense Against Cancer. There will be a healthy recipe demonstration.
Diane Dembicki, PhD, LMT, CYT-Clinical Associate Professor, Adelphi University;
Kaitlin Morris, MS-Nutrition Graduate Student, Adelphi University; Helene
Konsker, MS, RD, CDN-Nutrition Director, Compass Group; Executive Chef William
Wright, Compass Group
–Registration: Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please call
e-mail [email protected] or visit us online
breast-cancer.adelphi.edu to register. *Please specify that you are registering
for the Nutrition Forum when calling or e-mailing.
Offers outreach, environmental
awareness programs for children and adults and free direct patient services for
patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer and female reproductive
ONGOING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
LEND A HELPING HAND- Free services to Babylon Township
residents and families impacted by breast cancer and all types of female
reproductive cancers. Example (not limited to): transportation, housecleaning,
financial aid where indicated. Please call the office for details and additional
IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE – 30 Minute power-point presentation offered free of charge to any adult
group (pta, church, fraternal, etc.) discussing important lifestyle changes
that can be made to limit exposure to environmental toxins.
GIFT OF HEALTH & INSPIRATION: A canvas gift bag of educational resources assembled for you by the
Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition and distributed to breast cancer patients by
the surgical release nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Networking/Support Group for
Breast Cancer Survivors I
Facilitator led- offered every 2nd
and 4th Tuesday evening -5:30pm – 7:00pm
Networking/Support Group for
Breast Cancer Survivors II
Facilitator led- offered every 1st
and 3rd Thursday evening-5: 30pm – 7:00pm
Common Ground: Living with
Metastatic Breast or GYN Cancer Discussion Group
Facilitator led – offered the 1st
and 3rd Thursday of every month. Lunch and beverages provided! 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Networking/Support Group – open to the community Facilitator
led – often includes guest speakers. Offered every 2nd Wednesday of the month
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Gentle Yoga for Breast and GYN
Monday evening, Tuesday morning,
Tuesday afternoon-6 week sessions – registration required
Voices and Vision Writing Workshop
for Breast and GYN Cancer Survivors
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm-5 week
sessions – registration required
Healing Arts Initiative – Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Nia Movement, Fluid Motion, Meditation Saturdays, 9:00
– 10:15 am-4 week sessions – registration required
Educational Evening Seminar – open to the community every 4th Wednesday of the month
“Fingerprints, Footprints & Decision Making: Exactly What IS Onco-typing?”
presented by Alissa Huston, MD. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar – Tools For the Journey “Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Friday, April 8, 2018 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery
Admission is free, however registration is required. Please call (585)
Peer Advocates Lending Support –
For those interested in mentor
All programs are held at The
Breast Cancer Coalition and are free for breast and gynecologic cancer
survivors. For additional information, please contact the program coordinator,
YOGA- Tuesday evenings. Reduces stress, fatigue, insomnia, eases pain and
increases feeling of well-being. All classes incorporate music and imagery to
create an environment of relaxation. The course will utilize gentle moving and
breathing techniques, allowing participants to achieve a sense of control over
CREATIVE HEALING THRU ART
Thursdays. Healing Through Art helps put the
pieces together. Discover the therapeutic benefits of art making. Enhance your
personal wellness through creative self-expression and group dialogue. Support
groups are essential to the emotional foundation of cancer survivors. Both
patients and survivors are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts,
feelings and concerns with others. In conjunction with the support group, the
center offers free chair massage.
Various times. Reiki is a holistic
healing therapy whereby practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to
heal and harmonize individuals. Reiki focuses on wholeness and stimulates one’s
total natural healing process ~ physically, mentally and spiritually, thereby
creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace,
security and wellbeing. Reiki reduces stress, fosters deep relaxation, destroys
energy blockages and detoxifies the system. It also works in conjunction with
all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote
1st Wednesday evening of each
month.Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the
feet. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to
treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and
harmony in the body, mind and spirit, and therefore promote good health.
4th Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Join us
for another road to healing through the written word. Creative writing classes
give survivors a “voice” once again. It allows one to get negative
emotions out, write them down and distance themselves enough to examine how
they really feel and gain perspective on issues.
Monday evenings – Call to reserve a spot –
This program improves balance, flexibility and cardiovascular strength. Zumba
Gold is a beginner’s level of aerobic dance and exercise. Enjoy rhythms such as
Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Belly Dance and Cha Cha!
STRENGTH FOR LIFE EXERCISE PROGRAM
Monday evenings- Call to reserve a spot.
Strength for Life, a non-profit organization, will be offering free exercise
classes at our Center. This is a commitment of 8 weeks. Debbie Hughes, a
Certified Exercise Instructor, gives the course. All equipment, including
exercise balls, tubing and mats will be provided for each participant to use
and keep at the conclusion.
MASSAGE FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST
For women going through breast
cancer treatment or suffering from treatment side effects, Self-massage
techniques are taught. Available at all of our support groups
IN HOME MASSAGE is available for women who are
debilitated by cancer treatment.
survivors accompany newly diagnosed patients on initial medical
TELEPHONE AND E-MAIL CONSULTATIONS
resource for confidential answers to questions and for referrals for additional
information or services
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES CALENDAR
digest focusing on topics and information relevant to health, well-being and
BREAST CANCER RESOURCE GUIDE
pocket sized guide (mailed by request) with National and Local resources for
medical, financial, legal and other help, including decision aids.
845-339-HOPE if you are interested in speaking with a breast cancer survivor.
We can provide resources and support for caregivers, families and spouses of
women with breast cancer
REFERRALS FOR FINANCIAL AND LEGAL
Call for our
pocket resource guide and resource list if you are having insurance problems or
cannot work because of cancer treatments.
Young Women’s Support Group: Topics related to women who have or had breast or ovarian cancer at a
young age and want to be in a group where they feel comfortable with their
peers. Wednesday, May 11,7 pm: Support Connection office, 40 Triangle Center,
Suite 100, Yorktown Heights
Advanced Stage Cancer Support
Group: For women with recurrent, advanced
stage or metastatic breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer
Friday, May 20,12:30 pm: Support
Connection office, 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights
Walking Club: Put Your Best Foot Forward
March 9, 10:30-11:15 am AND
Wednesday, May 25, 4-4:45 pm
North County Trail, Yorktown Heights, NY
Grab your sneakers and embrace a fun and healthy way to socialize. Connect with
others who have been in your shoes and enjoy the beautiful day
Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie
March 9th, 10-11:30 am
Support Connection office, 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights, NY
Calling all levels of Canasta players to join us for a morning of card-playing,
companionship and coffee. Share your love of the game with fellow enthusiasts,
and enjoy time spent with others who are also living with cancer.