Patients and families face many challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Working together with a common goal, our patient education focuses on needs of the patient and family so that they can actively participate in their care.
The Resource Room at the Center for Cancer Care
Looking for information about cancer diagnoses and treatments? White Plains Hospital's Cancer Program welcomes the opportunity to provide you and your family with helpful resources about all aspects of cancer and surviving this prevalent disease. Our Resource Room was created to be comfortable, accessible and user-friendly. It includes:
- Medical information sources for patients and family members
- Medical periodicals, textbooks, videos, and other reference materials for patients and community use
- Online computer terminal for patient use
- Resources for in-depth, disease-specific information and referrals to outside resources for patients and families
Community outreach cancer education programs
Part of our circle of care includes educating and acting as a resource to the Westchester community with:
- Annual screening programs
- Neighborhood Health Fair (breast and prostate screenings available)
- See, Test and Treat: HPV screening for women
- Cancer Education Lecture Series
- Monthly cancer nutrition lecture series
- Patient Education Programs developed to meet the specific needs of patients and family members
- National Cancer Survivors' Day, an uplifting celebration of life for cancer patients, their caregivers and our staff
- Community partners: Cancer Support Team, Gilda's Club Westchester, American Cancer Society, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Sharesheret, YWCA, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Lustgarten Foundation, and Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
Virtual support groups
Support groups bring together people facing similar life-changing issues. Sharing experiences can be enlightening, comforting and an important part of the healing process.
There are several virtual and online support groups available that can be a place to receive or give advice or simply know you're not alone. Team members are available for in person consultation and services as well as telephone/televisit support.
The American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center provides information and support to those facing cancer 24/7, 365 days a year. Trained specialists are available via phone, live chat and video chat.
CancerCare provides free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.
Cancer.Net's online support groups gives people with rare types of cancer the opportunity to communicate with others with fighting the same form of the disease. The groups communicate in a variety of ways including emails, newsgroups, chat rooms and message boards.
With the global support of 175 locations, including centers, hospitals clinic partnerships and satellite locations, Cancer Support Community also offers a toll-free helpline and award-winning educational and digital resources that reach more than one million people each year.
The Cancer Support Team is the only Westchester-based nonprofit home care program providing access to essential health care services, professional nursing, social work counseling, case management and other supportive services free of charge to clients at any stage of the illness.
Gilda's Club Westchester provides support for women, men, teens, children and families living with cancer, providing support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops and social activities.
The LLS support group addresses issues related to blood cancer and provides an opportunity for attendees to discuss concerns, anxieties, feelings related to illness, treatment and other related issues. The meetings are designed to provide mutual support and education to members by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own.
White Plains Hospital is hosting this support group online. For more information, call 914.849.7500.
Livestrong addresses the practical, physical and emotional concerns that people face when dealing with a cancer diagnosis, also providing reproductive information, resources and financial support to survivors whose cancer risks their fertility.
Quiet your mind and body by listening to relaxation audio tracks. Each piece is especially designed to soothe and relieve stress. Enjoy a moment of relaxation by calling Montefiore's Relaxation Hotline at 718.920.CALM (2256). The hotline is available 24 hours a day, offering a choice of gentle music and guided relaxation tracks in English and Spanish. You can also access Montefiore's relaxation audio tracks online.
The NCI provides support groups that focus on family concerns such as role changes, relationship changes, financial worries and how to support the person with cancer. Some groups include both cancer survivors and family members.
NCCS' mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS created the widely accepted definition of survivorship and defines someone as a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.
The NCCN is an alliance of leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.
While their expertise is in young women and Jewish families battling breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Sharsheret programs serve all women and men through personalized support and educational outreach.
Adjacent to White Plains Hospital, St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Center provides outpatient mental health services for individuals and their families experiencing depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental health and physical issues. The staff offers a personalized approach designed to help clients achieve their recovery goals.
SPOHNC's National Survivors Volunteer Network provides patients, caregivers and their families with the opportunity to share diagnosis and treatment experiences with volunteers who have had oral and head and neck cancer. White Plains Hospital runs a virtual SPOHNC group on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 914.849.7500.
WJCS is one of the largest human service agencies in the county, providing mental health, trauma, disabilities, youth, home care and geriatric services that serve more than 20,000 adults, children and families each year through 80 programs reaching from Yonkers to Peekskill.
YSC addresses the unique quality of life needs of young adults affected by breast cancer through more than 170 Face 2 Face local networking groups, a vibrant online community and free educational resources.