Perlmutter Cancer Center Support Groups & Counseling

Our support services team is here to listen and connect you with resources, expert consultations, referrals, home services, and outside agencies to help you cope during cancer treatments and beyond.

Whether you’re receiving cancer treatment as an inpatient or an outpatient at Pelisyonkis Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, we offer support programs designed to answer your questions, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life. These include our artist-in-residence program, in which an artist helps patients express themselves creatively, as well as animal-assisted therapy with specially trained therapy dogs and chair massages during chemotherapy infusions.

Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or social worker for more information. All programs are open to patients at Pelisyonkis Langone, unless otherwise indicated.

Individual social work services are provided at Perlmutter Cancer Center’s 160 East 34th Street and 240 East 38th Street locations, unless otherwise noted.

Social Worker Akiko Miyake and Patient

Social worker Akiko Miyake advises a patient on support groups.

Psycho-Oncology

A specially trained psychiatrist works with other doctors and clinical professionals to provide support for people with cancer and their families and caregivers who may be experiencing emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Our psycho-oncology services include evaluations, medication treatment and management, crisis intervention, and individual counseling.

Patient Support Groups

Cancer support groups give patients an opportunity to connect with people having similar experiences. We offer a variety of support groups for different types of cancer and life stages.

BRCA Group

The BRCA Group is focused on the needs of young women who carry inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, which can increase a woman’s chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

This program takes place one Thursday per month at 6:00PM. For more information, call -731-5110.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Group

This group meets two Wednesdays per month from 3:30 to 4:30PM. For more information, call -731-5110.

Living with Lung Cancer Group

This program takes place on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30PM. For more information, call -731-5106. This group is offered with generous support from the Stephen E. Banner Fund.

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

Open to the public, this program takes place on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2:00PM. For more information, call -731-5411.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

This group is for patients who are not currently receiving treatment. For dates, times, and location, call -501-7604.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

For patients in active treatment, this group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:00PM at 240 East 38th Street in the 18th floor conference room (1890D). For more information, call -501-7605.

Young Adults Living with Cancer Support Group on Long Island

This support group is focused on the needs of patients between the ages of 20 and 40. It takes place on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30PM at 1999 Marcus Avenue in Lake Success, New York. For more information, call 516-403-1553.

Living with Cancer Support Group on Long Island

For patients in active treatment, this program takes place on the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00PM at 1999 Marcus Avenue in Lake Success, New York. For more information, call 516-403-1553.

Individual Support and Counseling

Our psycho-oncologists, psychologists, and social workers can provide one-on-one support and counseling to help you cope with depression, anxiety, or other emotional responses associated with cancer and its treatments.

Bladder, prostate, and testicular cancer support: -731-5108

Brain/neurologic cancer support: -501-7604

Breast cancer support: -731-5110 or -731-6056

Gastrointestinal cancer support: -731-5411

Gynecologic cancer support: -501-7604

Hematologic cancers and blood disorders support: -501-7605

Living with lung cancer support: -731-5106 (offered with the generous support of the Stephen E. Banner Fund)

Melanoma support: -731-5108

Oral or head and neck cancer support: -731-5411

Radiation therapy support: -731-5411

Sarcoma support: -731-5108

Palliative care: -731-6056

Special Cancer Support Programs

We offer several additional cancer support resources for our patients.

Free Legal Assistance Consultations

The New York Legal Assistance Group provides free legal assistance consultations for matters of immigration, eviction, estate planning, and entitlements, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. Consultations are available on Mondays from 1:00 to 5:00PM, except on the fifth Monday of the month, when applicable. Please call -731-5806 for an appointment, which is required.

‘Look Good Feel Better’ Beauty Sessions

The Look Good Feel Better program is designed to help women with cancer enhance their appearance during treatment. Hair and makeup professionals demonstrate skin care techniques and makeup application and give wig care and styling tips. Programs are held at locations in Manhattan and Long Island.

To attend the sessions in Manhattan, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345, extension 1.

On Long Island, the program is held at 1999 Marcus Avenue, suite 308, in Lake Success. Please call 516-236-7637 for the program schedule at this location.

If you prefer an online session—or if you want additional tips—please visit  and try out the Virtual Makeover Tool. You can also download the LGFB Beauty app to your iPhone or iPad.

The social work team at Perlmutter Cancer Center is pleased to present this program provided by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association.

Therapeutic Writing Course

Writing can provide a safe outlet for the emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Our therapeutic writing course gives patients an opportunity to express their feelings in a supportive atmosphere.

This program takes place on four consecutive Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30PM. An appointment is required. For more information, call -731-6056.