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 provides free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening services for uninsured/underinsured Nassau and Queens county residents, between the ages of 50 and 64, through funding from the Cancer Services Program, NY State Department of Health. For information on eligibility and to make an appointment please call the Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Ambulatory Care Unit at (718) 470-4165.

Listed below are the annual outcomes of the free cancer screening services provided:

 

2012

2013

2014

Clinical Breast Exams (CBE)

286

299

224

Positive CBE

18

6

11

Mammograms

405

328

224

Diagnostic Imaging

118

102

103

Breast Cancers Detected

4

3

4

 

 

 

 

Fecal Kits Given

114

169

112

# Returned

37

66

70

Positive FIT

1

2

6

 

 

 

 

# Pap Tests

176

152

108

Positive Pap Tests

8

6

3

Cervical Cancer Detected

1

0

1

*The cancer screening program at North Shore-LIJ Health System is also generously supported by The Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

In addition to the no-cost screening program, the North Shore-LIJ Health System offers free community screening events. To find when a free community screening event is offered go to the community events calendar.

Listed below are outcomes of these screening events.

North Shore-LIJ Health System Free Community Cancer Screening Events Held in 2014

Free Community Screening Events

Number of People Screened

Number of Abnormal Results and Referred for Follow-up

Skin Cancer Screenings

 

 

Southside Hospital

42

16

Staten Island University Hospital

14

7

Head and Neck Cancers Screening

 

 

North Shore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center

61

10

Plainview Hospital

12

0

Staten Island University Hospital

10

5

Staten Island University Hospital – Oral Cancer

13

2

Lung Cancer Screening    

Forest Hills  Hospital

110

94

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 60 10
Plainview Hospital 12 0
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