Cancer Support Group

Social work

Cancer is more than a physical disease. It’s a full range of concerns and issues for the cancer survivor and his or her loved ones.

The oncology social workers at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute are an important part of the multidisciplinary care team. They have a broad understanding of cancer, cancer treatment, survivorship, community resources, palliative care, hospice care and bereavement. Clinical social workers serve as a liaison between patients, the healthcare system and the community.

Based on each patient’s specific needs, social workers will help identify appropriate resources. Oncology social workers can assist with:

  • Individual, marital and family counseling
  • Oncology support groups
  • Patient education
  • Stress management
  • Coping skills
  • Communication with healthcare team
  • Transportation resources
  • Financial support programs
  • On-site and community-based support programs
  • Mental health referrals
  • Navigating resources within North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Referrals to community-based resources
  • Quality-of-life issues

When appropriate, they also offer assistance with:

  • Supportive care for living with cancer
  • Home healthcare referrals
  • Hospice care referrals
  • End-of-life issues

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential to cancer prevention and an important part of cancer treatment. North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute dietitians provide expert nutrition assessment and counseling to patients and their families.

Important education about cancer and nutrition is provided to patients by registered dieticians experienced in the special needs of cancer patients. The dietitians – experts in food and nutrition and backed by extensive training – will assess, guide and counsel patients in:

  • Cancer prevention through nutrition
  • Therapeutic diets
  • Nutrition build-up prior to and during therapy
  • Management of treatment side effects
  • Nutrition education for patients, families, caregivers
  • Dietary/supplemental intake evaluation

Cancer support groups

Joining a cancer support group can be one of the best ways to cope with diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment issues. Support groups allow patients to connect with others who are going through the same experience and empower them to move beyond a diagnosis and face the challenges, head on.

Learn more about current support groups.

Screenings

North Shore-LIJ Health System offers free community cancer screening events. Find information on the outcomes of these cancer screening events below.

North Shore-LIJ Health System Free Community Cancer Screening Events Held in 2013

Free Community Screening Events Number of People Screened Number of Abnormal Results and Referred for Follow-up
Skin Cancer Screenings    
Southside Hospital 46 26
Huntington Hospital 128 34
Staten Island University Hospital 34 4
Forest Hills Hospital 14 0
Head and Neck Cancers Screening    
North Shore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center To be held October 10, 2013  
Plainview Hospital To be held November 29, 2013  
Colorectal Screening - Fecal Occult Kits Distributed and Returned    
Huntington Hospital (53 kits distributed/15 returned) 13 0

North Shore-LIJ Health System Free Community Cancer Screening Events Held in 2012

Free Community Screening Events Number of People Screened Number of Abnormal Results and Referred for Follow-up
Skin Cancer Screenings    
Southside Hospital 60 20
Franklin Hospital 39 9
Huntington Hospital 100 12
Glen Cove Hospital 38 10
Staten Island University Hospital 34 6
North Shore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center 48 28
Prostate Cancer Screenings - PSA    
Franklin Hospital 121 7
Forest Hills Hospital 110 11
Glen Cove Hospital 7 0
Huntington Hospital 28 2
Lenox Hill Hospital 127 11
North Shore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center 39 5
Plainview Hospital 64 6
Southside Hospital 60 20
Staten Island University Hospital 303 39
Head and Neck Cancers Screening    
North Shore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center 87 23
Plainview Hospital 11 4
Colorectal Screening - Fecal Occult Kits Distributed and Returned    
Huntington Hospital (50 Kits Distributed/15 Returned) 15 1