The Young Women’s Program for Cancer Care at White Plains Hospital is designed to specifically address the issues and concerns of women under the age of 50 who have received a cancer diagnosis. The program offers services to assist these women at every stage of their illness and to address their changing needs over the course of treatment.
At White Plains Hospital, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming for all patients. However, many women under 50 have different stressors, including family and career concerns, that should be addressed alongside the illness.
Knowing that a highly skilled team of oncology experts is there for you and your loved ones every step of the way can be reassuring. Relationships will be established with medical professionals in the fields of fertility, genetics, physical therapists, psycho-social support, sexual health and more, all to help guide patients through such challenging times.
Our team approach
At the Young Women’s Program for Cancer Care, we not only offer diagnostic analysis and treatment, we also utilize a multidisciplinary approach to efficiently address patient concerns. Every day, a Tumor Board at the Hospital meets to discuss unique cases to ensure all patients receive the best patient outcomes. Our dedicated team includes:
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Surgeons & plastic surgeons
- Social workers
- Exercise specialists
- Lymphedema specialists
In addition to exceptional clinical care, White Plains Hospital offers the following supportive services as part of the Young Women’s Program:
The Young Women’s Cancer Support Group will meet monthly and focus on psychosocial and emotional health. Patients will have the opportunity to meet other women in similar situations and also attend presentations and group discussions on a range of topics facilitated by our oncology social worker as well as other members of our cancer program team.
Upcoming Support Groups will take place on Tuesday, 12/19/23, 1/16/24 and 2/13/24 at 4pm at the Cancer Center conference room.
Studies have shown that hair loss is rated as the most traumatic side effect of chemotherapy by more than half of female patients. But there is one method that has been shown to help sidestep hair loss — scalp cooling — and White Plains Hospital has been at the forefront of offering this technology to patients.
In our Wig Room we offer a limited supply of free wigs to our patients who are undergoing cancer treatment or have recently completed treatment. During the consultation we also review a list of local wig and other resources to support patients with appearance related side effects of cancer.
Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves that release endorphins in the spinal cord and brain that relieve pain, as well as releasing serotonin that can promote a feeling of well-being. Cancer patients who are treated with acupuncture generally feel calmer, and many of them report less worry and anxiety. It can also be useful in controlling nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy.
A cancer diagnosis is accompanied by strong emotions that can be hard to express. Art therapy uses a range of creative arts activities to promote personal exploration, alleviate stress, and allow for choice, a sense of control and emotional resilience. This program provides an array of crafts and activities, such as beading, origami, and creating collages, free of charge to patients, caregivers, and families. Anyone can benefit from art therapy as it does not depend upon prior training, talent, or experience.
Delivered by licensed health care professionals with advanced education and training in Holistic Nursing, our innovative model of care improves quality of life, manages symptoms, and helps individuals cope with illness and actively participate in their health and healing. We offer evidence-based, holistic modalities such as energy healing, gentle massage, aromatherapy, meditation, guided imagery and relaxation techniques, that complement conventional medical care.
Enrolling in The Young Women’s Program for Cancer Care
For women under 50 who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, time is of the essence. We see all new patients as soon as possible to enroll them in the program and begin providing services. To make an appointment, call 914.849.3811.