Our Services

Chaplaincy

Multi-faith chaplains perform an essential service by providing for the religious, spiritual, emotional and existential needs of a widely diverse population of patients, families and staff from all religions and cultures.  

Spiritual support is available to all in the following ways:

  • Spiritual care
  • Emotional support
  • Assisting with religious, cultural or ritual needs
  • Support when difficult decisions need to be made
  • Faith-specific religious guidance
  • Prayer support
  • Sacramental support
  • Support groups
  • Worship services
  • Meditation, relaxation, and reiki

Contact Information:  

To schedule a visit with a chaplain, please call the Pastoral Care & Education Department at (212) 305-5817.

For more information on Pastoral Care, please visit:  

http://www.nyp.org/clinical-services/pastoral-care

 

Fertility Preservation

The Center for Women’s Reproductive Care (CWRC) understands that time is of the essence and that a patient’s health comes first. Therefore, the CWRC has gone the extra mile in creating one of the most sensitive and longstanding oncofertility programs in the nation, led by a team of Reproductive Endocrinologists.

Recent advances in assisted reproductive technologies have given women more options and choices for building families than ever before. Increasingly popular options for women are oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) and embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing). The CWRC is pleased to offer the most advanced procedures available from the experienced and exemplary faculty of Columbia University Medical Center. The physicians are happy to discuss a patient’s individual needs and the comparative advantages of these treatment options.

  • A discounted rate and free medications for treatment may be available through CWRC’s partnership with Livestrong.
  • Free medications are also provided by the Walgreens Heart Beat program for qualified patients.
  • The CWRC is proud to offer alternative options for those who may not qualify for the programs above.

Contact Information:

For questions and to schedule an appointment, please contact the Admissions Counselor at (646) 756-8294.

For more information on Fertility Preservation, please visit columbiafertility.org

Genetic Counseling

The Cancer Genetics Program provides genetic counseling, risk assessment and genetic testing for individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer. Patients receive education about possible genetic diagnoses and the benefits, risks and limitations of different genetic testing options in order to promote informed decision-making. When appropriate, the genetic counselor coordinates genetic testing and the communication of results. Patients also receive information on medical management options and cancer surveillance recommendations along with physician referrals when needed, based on their own personal and family history of cancer as well as their genetic test results.

Contact Information:  

To schedule an appointment for consultation in the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Cancer Genetics Program for breast, gynecological, endocrine or other hereditary cancers, please call Clinical Genetics at (212) 305-5890 or (212) 305-6731.

To schedule an appointment for a consultation in the GI cancer programs, either the Muzzi Mirza Pancreatic Cancer Prevention & Genetics Program or the Colorectal Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment & Prevention Program, please call (212) 305-9337.

For more information on Genetic Counseling, please visit:  

http://www.nyp.org/cancer/services/genetic-counseling

http://columbiasurgery.org/pancreas/muzzi-mirza-pancreatic-cancer-prevention-and-genetics-program

Imerman Angels

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is partnering with Imerman Angels, an organization that was founded in 2003 on the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone and without the necessary support.  Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels matches anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer as some of our patients.

Imerman Angels is a free, peer to peer support system, which helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

These one-on-one relationships give a cancer patient or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has been there before. Mentor Angels can lend support and empathy and help cancer fighters and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options and create their own support systems.

Contact Information:

For more information, patients can contact Imerman Angels directly via phone: 1 (866) IMER-MAN (463-7626) or email: info@imermanangels.org

For more information about Imerman Angels, please visit www.imermanangels.org

Integrative Health Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen (Kathi) Sanders, FNP-BC, MPH, is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has extensive training in integrative health therapies.  Her practice focuses on offering evidence-based integrative health and non-pharmacologic therapies to our patients for symptom management and to improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment. She is able to work with patients challenged by pain, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and nausea, as well as any patient who is interested in including integrative health modalities as part of self-care.  Kathi counsels patients on the appropriate use of dietary supplements during and after cancer treatment and can provide a detailed dietary supplement assessment.

 

Contact Information:

To schedule an appointment, please call Jivanny Rodriguez at (212) 305-7340.

Integrative Therapies

Integrative therapies have been shown to decrease the side effects of cancer treatments, alleviate pain and stress and promote a general sense of well-being. 

The following integrative therapies are offered patients free of charge:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition and supplement counseling

Contact Information:  

To schedule an appointment, please contact Program Coordinator Andrea Radossi at (646) 317-2070

For more information on Integrative Therapies, please visit www.integrativetherapies.columbia.edu

Nutrition

  • Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment as well as health maintenance.

The Nutrition Department offers complimentary outpatient individualized nutrition counseling for patients receiving chemotherapy infusion and/or radiation therapy. All other oncology patients can receive individualized nutrition counseling at one of our NYP Outpatient Nutrition practices either on a fee-for-service basis or covered by their insurance.

Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists counsel and advise our patients on what, when and how much to eat and drink for:

  • specific cancers
  • side effects of treatment including, but not limited to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, mouth sores, difficulty swallowing
  • changes in taste, changes in appetite
  • oral supplements, enteral nutrition (tube feeding)
  • weight changes
  • treatment and recovery

Contact Information:

Patients who would like to schedule appointments on their own or would like more information can call the nutritionists in the following areas:

  • Infusion – (212) 305-9028
  • Radiation – (212) 305-2991
  • GI Oncology  – (212) 305-5403
  • NYP Outpatient Nutrition – (646) 317-4811

For more information on Nutrition Services, please visit http://www.nyp.org/nutrition/center/

 

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Service offers patients relief from the pain, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness, like cancer, heart failure, ALS, and other chronic and debilitating conditions. The team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and chaplains are dedicated to individualizing support and assuring that the patients’ treatments are in accord with their values and health care goals. The team collaborates with the patient’s primary doctor and other specialists to provide an extra layer of support.  The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative Care offers:

  • Expert pain and symptom management including interventional pain management.
  • Experienced social worker to provide emotional/psychological support and help you and your caregivers navigate a complex medical system.
  • Integrative health services provided by an NP who recommends non-pharmacological ways to decrease pain and symptoms.
  • Experienced nurse to answer questions and facilitate communication with your healthcare team.
  • Care coordination to help you obtain access to nutritional support, survivorship programs, rehabilitation, homecare and hospice services.
  • Spiritual care services to ensure that your whole personhood is cared for.

Why consider palliative care?

  • Improves quality of care and focuses on quality of life
  • Decreases symptoms, like pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression
  • May improve survival (e.g. Temel et al NEJM, 2010)
  • For increased patient and caregiver support
  • Helps patients achieve a sense of control
  • Relieves burdens on family
  • For further assistance in decision making
  • To coordinate care amongst multiple providers

Contact Information:

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 305-7340.

For more information on Palliative Care, please visit http://columbiamedicine.org/divisions/pc/index.shtml

 

Patient Services Administration

Patient Services Administration offers comprehensive services and compassionate support to patients and their families in order to enhance their experience. Patient Services Administration provides a central location for patients and families to voice their opinions - both positive and negative - about any aspect of Hospital care or services. Patient Services Administration’s staff are available to respond to patient, family, or visitor concerns about patient care, patient’s rights, and services provided by any department, and will immediately work with the care team to resolve any concerns identified.

Our Patient Services Administration personnel can help you and your family with questions and concerns, explain Hospital policy and procedures, and take appropriate steps to see that your rights as a patient are respected. Each Patient Services Administration staff member is trained in managing the issues that can have an impact on the quality of the patient experience. The Patient Services Administration staff is also available to educate patients and families about advance directives and address any ethical concerns that may arise during a patient’s stay.

Contact Information:  

Patients or families may contact Patient Services Administration, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During non-business hours, patients or families may reach out to the Administrator On Call for assistance.  

Phone Number:  212-305-5904

Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Physiatrists are physicians specializing in rehabilitation who focus on maximizing recovery of function after illness or injury. The practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation uses an interdisciplinary team approach that addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, and psychosocial well-being through a combination of non-surgical treatments. Treatments include medications, injections, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, the use of assistive devices, and in some cases the use of complementary and alternative medical techniques.

Physiatrists see a variety of patients including those with:

  • Gait impairment
  • Limb weakness
  • Spasticity
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-mastectomy stiffness
  • Lymphedema
  • Pain or stiffness following radiation therapy
  • Patients with amputations
  • Deconditioning and fatigue
  • Damage to the brain (e.g. brain tumor, stroke)
  • Damage to the spinal cord


Contact Information:

The Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine Department can also be contacted at: (212) 305-3535.

For more information on Rehabilitation Services, please visit  www.cumc.columbia.edu/rehab

 

Psycho-Oncology Services

We know how difficult and challenging it can be for patients when they receive a new cancer diagnosis or are undergoing treatment.  Whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is seen by an Oncologist in the outpatient clinic, we have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers on staff who are dedicated to addressing the varying mental health needs of all of our patients.   

Contact Information:

Please let your primary medical team know of any concerns or questions you may have, and a referral will be made to the appropriate mental health provider.

Social Work

 

Oncology Social Workers provide compassionate care and attention to the needs of our patients and their loved ones. As part of the health care team, master's level licensed social workers help patients and families understand and cope with medical, psychological, emotional, and social issues related to their cancer diagnoses.

Social Workers are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm and their services include:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Community referrals and concrete services
  • Education regarding entitlement programs and financial assistance resources
  • Cancer Support groups

Contact Information: 

For assistance with any questions you may have, please contact the Social Work department at 212-305-2553 or visit  http://www.nyp.org/clinical-services/social-work

Yoga & Meditation Therapy

The Integrated Meditation and Yoga Program (iMAY Thrive) is an evidence-based, therapeutic mind-body program designed specifically for adult cancer patients undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to help manage the various physical and psychological side effects of the disease and its treatment, enhance quality of life, and improve clinical outcome.

The program aims to integrate scientifically proven protocols from the field of mind-body medicine into the clinical oncology setting, empowering patients across the cancer care continuum with a customized portfolio of safe and effective non-pharmacologic interventions to practice at home to self-manage stress and improve functional ability.

The iMAY Thrive curriculum emphasizes the meditative arts, conscious breathing exercises, restorative relaxation, and gentle physical movement. Instruction is customized to the individual and may be given one-on-one during the chemotherapy infusion, or in a private setting using cushioned yoga mats or chairs.

Contact Information:

To schedule an appointment, please contact Leigh Leibel, Program Director at (212) 305-8029.