Cancer Support Groups

Our social workers lead many peer-to-peer support groups and provide information to help patients and families understand and copy with many of the issues related to their cancer disgnoses.

Look Good...Feel Better

This program is for women actively receiving cancer treatment and teaches them how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetic and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Contact: Madeline Encarnación, Oncology Social Worker, (212) 305-6320.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

This support group is for patients currently receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 4pm to 6pm in the Herbert Irving Cancer Center, 12th floor.  Family and caregivers are welcome. Contact: Angela Heller, Oncology Social Worker, (212) 305- 9467.

Depression and Trauma Therapy Group in Spanish

This group is open to women who are 30-40 years old and are currently seeking therapy. To make a referral call: Brenda Mejia-Smith, PhD, (212) 305-4814.     

The Women At Risk Stacey Garil Womack Resource Library

Provides information and support to breast cancer patients at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Daily peer to peer support. Contact: Angela Heller, Oncology Social Worker, (212) 305-2347.

Women at Risk (Spanish)

This is a support group for Spanish speaking breast cancer patients. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 10am to 11:30am at 177 Fort Washington Avenue, Milstein Building, 7th Floor, Room 213 (Remtsma Conference Room). Contact: Jenny Saldana (212) 305-9894 or         

Narrative Writing Support Group for Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians

A support group which runs from September through June on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Light dinner provided. Contact: Angela Heller, Oncology Social Worker, (212) 305-9467 or Fran Heller, Social Worker, (212) 305-3953

Multiple Myeloma Support Group for Patients and Caregivers

This quarterly meeting offers education, support and information sharing. Refreshments are provided. Contact: Bridget Sheehy, Oncology Social Worker, (646) 317-4965 or

Bone Marrow Transplant Caregiver Support Group

This support group focuses on the importance of caregiver’s emotional and physical health and will allow them the opportunity to connect with other caregivers and share experiences. The group meets monthly on the inpatient BMT Unit, 11th Floor of Harkness Pavilion. Contact: Bridget Sheehy, Oncology Social Worker, (646) 317-4965, or Alison Hoffman, Oncology Social Worker,