Support Groups for Patients and Caregivers

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    Stony Brook Medicine offers a wide range of support/educational/physical programs for our patients, family members, and staff. All programs are free but require registration. Cancer support groups include presentations by medical staff as well as a chance to interact with others facing a cancer diagnosis. Our educational and physical activities are designed with patients and their needs as the primary focus. Call (631) 444-4000 for information about any of our programs or contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at (631) 638-0004.

    ALS Support Group
    Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
    Time: 6-8 pm
    Place: 179 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY
    Call:  (631) 444-4623

    Alzheimer Disease Patient Group
    Cognitive stimulation group for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia
    Meets: Every Thursday
    Time: 1-2:30 pm
    Place: Full Gospel Christian Center, Port Jefferson Station
    Call: (631) 632-3160

    Bereavement Support Group
    Open to all patients, family members and staff who have lost a loved one
    Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the Month
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Cancer Transitions
    6 week program to move from active patient status to cancer survivor.  Funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Pre-registration required.
    Meets: Quarterly
    Time: 6-8 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 638-0004/638-0922

    Caregiver Support Group
    For caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia; separate group for patients meet at the same time
    Meets: Every Thursday
    Time: 1-2:30 pm
    Place: Full Gospel Christian Center, Port Jefferson Station
    Call: (631) 444-1365

    Carol M. Baldwin-Breast Cancer Education/Support Group
    Get together with other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to Learn more about managing this disease and share personal experiences. Education & support for breast cancer patients.
    Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
    Time: 7 pm
    Place: Holiday Inn Express - 3131 Nesconset Highway (Route 347), Stony Brook, NY
    Call: (631) 444-3538

    Chemotherapy Orientation
    Everything you need to know about chemotherapy. Patients and one family member may attend.
    Meets: Bi-weekly
    Time: Days/Evenings
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Child Psychiatry Parent Support Group
    For parents of children with behavioral and social issues, this program is sponsored by Stony Brook University Hospital's Department of Child Psychiatry. Covers behavioral and social issues such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and pervasive developmental disorder.
    Meets: Weekly
    Time: 6 pm
    Place: Stony Brook University Hospital, 12 North, Conference Room 084
    Call: (631) 444-1251

    Colorectal Cancer Survivorship and Support Group
    For patients who are newly diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, as well as those in treatment and those who have completed treatment.
    Meets: Last Monday of the month
    Time: 6 to 8 pm
    Place: To be announced
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Fit and Fabulous
    Yoga for patients with breast cancer.
    Meets: Thursdays
    Time: 6 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4240 to register

    GIFT for Kids (Giving Inspiration,Fighting Together)
    Support, education, caring and sharing for children ages 6 to 17 whose parent/caregiver has been diagnosed with cancer.
    Meets: 1st Thursday of the month
    Time: 6 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Gynecologic Support Group
    Education and support for patients with GYN cancer.
    Meets: Last Tuesday of the month
    Time: 7 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-3442

    Head and Neck Support Group
    Education and support for patients with head/neck cancer.
    Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
    Time: 6:45 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 682-7103

    Infants and Children's Memorial Garden
    The purpose of the garden is to offer a place of peace and solace for grieving families and as a beautiful tribute to the lives of the children.
    Website: http://www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org/cmg
    Call: (631) 444-9321

    I'm Too Young For This
    Peer support/gathering for young adults living with cancer
    Meets: Varies
    Time: Varies
    Place: Outside venue/varies
    Call: (631) 444-2224

    Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group
    Education and support for patients with blood cancers
    Meets: 4th Wednesday of the month
    Time: 1 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Little Angel Fund
    A support network for parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies.
    Call: (631) 736-2512

    Look Good, Feel Better
    A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Offered in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.
    Meets: Call for dates and times
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Luzca Bien, Sientase Mejor
    Look Good, Feel Better en espanol. Offered three times a year for our patients who primarily speak Spanish. In conjunction with American Cancer Society.
    Meets: Call for dates and times
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Lung Cancer Support Group
    Education and support for patients with lung cancer.
    Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
    Time: 7 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-2981

    March of Dimes NICU Family Support Group
    Sponsored by the March of Dimes support group meetings include a parent enrichment hour and programs and activities for siblings.
    Meets: Stony Brook University Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Mended Hearts
    For patients with cardiovascular disease.
    Meets: 3rd Sunday of the month, except during July and August
    Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
    Location: Stony Brook University Heart Institute's Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Parent/Family Support for Children with Cancer
    Meets: Quarterly
    Time: 7-9 pm
    Place: Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Pediatric Renal Support Group
    Education and support for pediatric nephrology patients.
    Meets: 4th Wednesday of the month
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-2690

    Pregnancy Education Classes
    A one-hour class in a 3-part series including information on breastfeeding, labor and delivery, and post-partum/newborn care. No fee, registration is required.
    Meets: 1st three days of the month
    Time: 11 am
    Place: Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby, by the grand piano
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
    Learn what you need to know about breastfeeding to help you and your baby get off to a good start and avoid common problems. Class is free and requires pre-registration.
    Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
    Time: 7-9 pm
    Place: Stony Brook University Hospital
    Call: (631) 444-2201

    Prostate Cancer Support Group
    Education and support for patients with prostate cancer.
    Meets: 1st Monday of the month
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4343

    Relax with Reiki
    Meets: 3rd Wednesday of the month
    Time: 7 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000

    Smoking Cessation
    Programs offered through the New York State Smokers Quitline.
    Call: (866) 697-8487

    SPOHNC NY/Stony Brook
    Support for people with oral, head, and neck cancer, SPOHNC is a national organization with 90 chapters across the U.S. The organization offers support and information to patients diagnosed with a variety of cancers of the mouth, throat, head and neck. Family members and friends are welcome to attend meetings.
    Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month, except July and August
    Time: 6:45-8:15 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 682-7103

    Strength for Life
    Exercise class for patients and staff.
    Meets: Tuesdays
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 638-0004 to register

    Stroke Support Group
    This support group offers educational and therapeutic opportunities for survivors, family members and caregivers.
    Meets: Last Tuesday of the month
    Time: 7-8 pm
    Place: Stony Brook Technology Park, 179 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket
    Contact: Joanne Clyde at (631) 444-2903, or joanne.clyde@stonybrookmedicine.edu
    Eileen Conlon at (631) 638-2638, or eileen.conlon@stonybrookmedicine.edu

    Thyroid Cancer Support Group
    Education and support for patients with thyroid cancer.
    Meets: 4th Thursday of the month
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-3442

    Upper GI Cancer Support Group
    Education and support for patients with upper GI cancers
    Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month
    Time: 7 PM
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 638-0718

    Yoga for Life
    Meets: Mondays
    Time: 6-7:15 pm
    Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
    Call: (631) 444-4000