Psychosocial Support and Education Programs



The Cancer Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center held its “Celebration of Life” luncheon in recognition of the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Counseling, Support Groups, and Educational Workshops Available Through Our Psychosocial Programs

A cancer diagnosis propels many people into a world of unfamiliar and perhaps frightening emotions. It is not unusual to experience fear, confusion, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and anger. At times, some people may find it difficult to sleep, eat, concentrate or even make decisions. These emotions, as well as a myriad of others, are common and normal. They may come and go. They may be experienced mildly or intensely. Because there are many ways to cope with these feelings, The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas offers many services designed to help patients and their loved ones cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Individual Counseling

Support Services

Support Groups

Special Events and Lecture Series

Our Commitment to the Community

Individual Counseling

Many people benefit from individual counseling with a trained professional. The Cancer Programs staff is experienced in helping patients and their families adjust to the many challenges they may face following a cancer diagnosis. Those interested in meeting with one of our counselors should contact Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach, at (973) 322-2668.

Support Groups

Support groups offer an opportunity for individuals to meet with others who are coping with cancer in their lives. Many patients and their family members find it beneficial to share their experiences in a support group environment, because group members readily understand the challenges cancer presents. The shared cancer experience allows the group members to share their feelings in an open and healthy way.

The Cancer Centers of Saint Barnabas offers a number of support groups, free of charge, designed to address the needs of individuals with various forms of cancer at different stages of illness. Because a cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, groups are available for patients, their adult family and friends. Groups are led by trained professionals.

Information regarding each of our support groups follows. Please call the number indicated for each group for further information, including the date, time and location of meetings. For additional information about coping with the stress of cancer, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach at (973) 322-2668.

Art Therapy

By engaging in a variety of creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, and collage, participants are helped to understand and cope with the many feelings they may be experiencing. Many workshop participants enjoy having an opportunity to express themselves creatively, discovering new strengths, and developing new patterns of coping to enrich daily living. Prior experience in art is not necessary. For dates, times, and locations, please call Donna Dandrilli, MA, ATR, Art Therapist, at (973) 322-2171.

Beyond Primary Breast Cancer

When breast cancer returns, or spreads beyond the primary site, women can often feel sad, anxious, isolated angry or confused. Come and join other women in sharing these experiences with others who understand. For information and registration, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., at (973) 322-2668.

Beyond Primary Cancer Support Group

When cancer returns, or spreads, beyond the primary site, people feel sad, anxious, angry or confused. Some feel as though no one understands their experience, not even others with cancer. This group offers individuals an opportunity to share their experiences with others who also have metastatic disease. For information and registration, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., at (973) 322-2668.

Look Good...Feel Better

Sponsored by The American Cancer Society in partnership with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, Look Good...Feel Better is a program to help women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Demonstrations include the use of make-up, wigs and accessories. Pre-registration is required for this program, as class size is limited. To register, contact the American Cancer Society directly at 1(800) 227-2345. For general questions, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., at (973) 322-2668.

Primary Breast Cancer Support Group

This support group is designed for women who have been diagnosed with primary breast cancer. Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with other women facing the same illness and treatments. Topics of discussion may include coping with feelings of sadness, fear and loss; communicating your concerns to the people in your life; adjusting to the changes in your body; managing side effects of treatment; and integrating your illness into your life. For dates, times and location, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., at (973) 322-2668.

Special Events and Lecture Series

The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas is committed to empowering cancer patients and their families through ongoing educational programs. Most of these programs are free of charge and enable individuals to gain a range of relevant, up-to-date information about cancer-related topics.

The Project H.O.P.E. (Helping our Patients Excel), lecture series provides an array of free workshops and programs on a host of topics related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Most sessions are small, allowing ample time for questions and answers. This lecture series is offered in the Spring and the Fall. Registration materials are usually mailed to patients directly. For further information, please call Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C., at (973) 322-2668.

Weekly Chi Kung Class
Tuesdays 6-7PM at SBMC, in the Radiation Oncology classroom.

Massage Therapy
Free-Mondays in the Cancer Center and Fridays in Radiation Oncology. Please refer to the monthly calendar for further information.

Annual Cancer Symposia are offered throughout the year to recognize and highlight a particular aspect of cancer research, diagnosis, or treatment. Special guest speakers are often invited to share their experiences with cancer. These events are publicized in local newspapers, on flyers available throughout the hospital, and throughHorizons, the biannual newsletter of The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas. Specialized programming is also frequently planned in September to recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and in October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Our Commitment to the Community

Celebration of Life: An Annual Event Recognizing National Cancer Survivors Day

Every year, The Cancer Centers of Saint Barnabas sponsor an afternoon of festivities in honor of cancer survivors.

For further information, please call (973) 322-2668.

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