Cancer cancer cells eventually form a lump or

Canceris a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and grow out ofcontrol.

Most types of cancer cells eventually form a lump or mass called atumor, and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates. Thevast majority of breast cancers begin in the parts of the breast tissue thatare made up of glands for milk production, called lobules, and ducts thatconnect the lobules to the nipple. The remainder of the breast is made up offatty, connective, and lymphatic tissues. Breastcancer is typically detected either during a screening examination, beforesymptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump. Most masses seen on amammogram and most breast lumps turn out to be benign; that is, they are notcancerous, do not grow uncontrollably or spread, and are not life-threatening.

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When cancer is suspected, microscopic analysis of breast tissue is necessaryfor a definitive diagnosis and to determine the extent of spread (in situ orinvasive) and characterize the type of the disease. The tissue for microscopicanalysis can be obtained via a needle or surgical biopsy. Selection of the typeof biopsy is based on individual patient clinical factors, availability ofparticular biopsy devices, and resources.      Discussion The New York State Breast CancerSupport and Education Network (NYSBCSEN) is the only statewide network ofcommunity-based, survivor-driven breast cancer organizations in New York.Collectively our member organizations reach over 100,000 New Yorkers each yearwith essential breast cancer support and education services. NYSBCSEN facilitatesmember organizations sharing programs and resources, inter-organizationreferrals for services, public policy updates, and a support and educationsystem for those who are working each day in the fight against breast cancer.

The NYS Breast Cancer Network haslaunched a virtual library to provide important information to New Yorkersaffected by breast cancer. This resource provides updated information about awide range of topics including medical marijuana, the link between breastcancer and BPA, and the link between breast cancer and flacking. Please to find updated information on these important topics andmore. If you are interested in a specific topic and would like to requestinformation on that topic be included in the library, please email suggestionsto [email protected]

The NYSBCSEN is grateful to the NYS Assembly for theirfunding of this important new resource. Adelphi NY Statewide Breast CancerHotline & Support Program. Hotline: 800.

877.8077 Raptis, MD, MBA, ActingExecutive Director, Northwell Health Cancer Institute [email protected] Breast Cancer Support Groups WEEKLY GROUPSGeneral: Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in thisgroup Caregivers of People with BreastCancer-Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved onewith breast cancer should attend this group Young Women 40 and Under: Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This support group will focus on the uniqueneeds and concerns of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancerNewly Diagnosed: Friday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. When a person first hears they are diagnosedwith breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking forsupport.  BI-WEEKLY GROUPSWomen with Metastatic Disease-2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month -7:00 – 8:00 p.

m.Meet with other women who are surviving metastatic breast cancer.   MONTHLY GROUPKnit and Chat-Last Wednesday of the Month-11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancersurvivors.

Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate tosomeone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. All groups will meet at theAdelphi School of Social Work in Garden City.-A Virtual Support Group, Support Group for Men with Breast Cancer and BRCA+Support Group is available upon request.-For information, questions, or to join a support group, call Erin Nau, LCSW,Counseling & Education Coordinator at 516-877-4314 or [email protected] Allservices are free and confidential. These support groups are for ALL SURVIVORS.

The Alpern Family Foundation sponsors our 2016 support groups UPCOMING FORUMS1. Nutrition Forum-Date: Monday, May 2, 2018- Time:5:00 – 7:00 p.m.Location: Alumni House at Adelphi University (154 Cambridge Avenue, GardenCity, NY)This forum will discuss The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans and NutritionDefense Against Cancer. There will be a healthy recipe demonstration.Speakers:Diane Dembicki, PhD, LMT, CYT-Clinical Associate Professor, Adelphi University;Kaitlin Morris, MS-Nutrition Graduate Student, Adelphi University; HeleneKonsker, MS, RD, CDN-Nutrition Director, Compass Group; Executive Chef WilliamWright, Compass Group–Registration: Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Please call516-877-4325 ore-mail [email protected] or visit us to register. *Please specify that you are registeringfor the Nutrition Forum when calling or e-mailing. Offers outreach, environmentalawareness programs for children and adults and free direct patient services forpatients undergoing treatment for breast cancer and female reproductivecancers.  ONGOING PROGRAMS AND SERVICESLEND A HELPING HAND- Free services to Babylon Townshipresidents and families impacted by breast cancer and all types of femalereproductive cancers. Example (not limited to): transportation, housecleaning,financial aid where indicated.

Please call the office for details and additionalinformation.  IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE – 30 Minute power-point presentation offered free of charge to any adultgroup (pta, church, fraternal, etc.) discussing important lifestyle changesthat can be made to limit exposure to environmental toxins.  GIFT OF HEALTH & INSPIRATION: A canvas gift bag of educational resources assembled for you by theBabylon Breast Cancer Coalition and distributed to breast cancer patients bythe surgical release nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital. Networking/Support Group forBreast Cancer Survivors I Facilitator led- offered every 2ndand 4th Tuesday evening -5:30pm – 7:00pm  Networking/Support Group forBreast Cancer Survivors II Facilitator led- offered every 1stand 3rd Thursday evening-5: 30pm – 7:00pm  Common Ground: Living withMetastatic Breast or GYN Cancer Discussion Group Facilitator led – offered the 1stand 3rd Thursday of every month. Lunch and beverages provided! 12:00 – 1:30 pm  Lymphedema AwarenessNetworking/Support Group – open to the community Facilitatorled – often includes guest speakers.

Offered every 2nd Wednesday of the month5:30 – 7:00 pm  Gentle Yoga for Breast and GYNCancer Survivors Monday evening, Tuesday morning,Tuesday afternoon-6 week sessions – registration required  Voices and Vision Writing Workshopfor Breast and GYN Cancer Survivors Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm-5 weeksessions – registration required  Healing Arts Initiative – Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Nia Movement, Fluid Motion, Meditation Saturdays, 9:00- 10:15 am-4 week sessions – registration required  Educational Evening Seminar – open to the community every 4th Wednesday of the month”Fingerprints, Footprints & Decision Making: Exactly What IS Onco-typing?”presented by Alissa Huston, MD. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00pm  Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar – Tools For the Journey “Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer”Friday, April 8, 2018 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial Art GalleryAdmission is free, however registration is required. Please call (585)473-8177.  Peer Advocates Lending Support -P.A.L.S For those interested in mentorsupport-Ongoing All programs are held at TheBreast Cancer Coalition and are free for breast and gynecologic cancersurvivors.

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator,Jennifer GaylordYOGA- Tuesday evenings. Reduces stress, fatigue, insomnia, eases pain andincreases feeling of well-being. All classes incorporate music and imagery tocreate an environment of relaxation.

The course will utilize gentle moving andbreathing techniques, allowing participants to achieve a sense of control overtheir bodies.   CREATIVE HEALING THRU ART  Thursdays. Healing Through Art helps put thepieces together. Discover the therapeutic benefits of art making. Enhance yourpersonal wellness through creative self-expression and group dialogue.

Supportgroups are essential to the emotional foundation of cancer survivors. Bothpatients and survivors are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts,feelings and concerns with others. In conjunction with the support group, thecenter offers free chair massage.  REIKI Various times. Reiki is a holistichealing therapy whereby practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern toheal and harmonize individuals.

Reiki focuses on wholeness and stimulates one’stotal natural healing process ~ physically, mentally and spiritually, therebycreating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace,security and wellbeing. Reiki reduces stress, fosters deep relaxation, destroysenergy blockages and detoxifies the system. It also works in conjunction withall other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promoterecovery.

 REFLEXOLOGY  1st Wednesday evening of eachmonth.Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to thefeet. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims totreat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance andharmony in the body, mind and spirit, and therefore promote good health.

 CREATIVE WRITING  4th Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Join usfor another road to healing through the written word. Creative writing classesgive survivors a “voice” once again. It allows one to get negativeemotions out, write them down and distance themselves enough to examine howthey really feel and gain perspective on issues. ZUMBA GOLD  Monday evenings – Call to reserve a spot -This program improves balance, flexibility and cardiovascular strength.

ZumbaGold is a beginner’s level of aerobic dance and exercise. Enjoy rhythms such asMerengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Belly Dance and Cha Cha!  STRENGTH FOR LIFE EXERCISE PROGRAM Monday evenings- Call to reserve a spot.Strength for Life, a non-profit organization, will be offering free exerciseclasses at our Center. This is a commitment of 8 weeks. Debbie Hughes, aCertified Exercise Instructor, gives the course. All equipment, includingexercise balls, tubing and mats will be provided for each participant to useand keep at the conclusion. MASSAGE FOR WOMEN WITH BREASTCANCERFor women going through breastcancer treatment or suffering from treatment side effects, Self-massagetechniques are taught. Available at all of our support groups IN HOME MASSAGE is available for women who aredebilitated by cancer treatment.

  COMPANION/ADVOCATESTrainedsurvivors accompany newly diagnosed patients on initial medicalvisits.(support/advocacy/mentoring program)  TELEPHONE AND E-MAIL CONSULTATIONS A reliableresource for confidential answers to questions and for referrals for additionalinformation or services  HEALTHY LIFESTYLES CALENDAR An informationaldigest focusing on topics and information relevant to health, well-being anddisease prevention  BREAST CANCER RESOURCE GUIDE Online and/orpocket sized guide (mailed by request) with National and Local resources formedical, financial, legal and other help, including decision aids.  PEER-TO-PEER MENTORING Call845-339-HOPE if you are interested in speaking with a breast cancer survivor.

We can provide resources and support for caregivers, families and spouses ofwomen with breast cancer    REFERRALS FOR FINANCIAL AND LEGALPROBLEMS Call for ourpocket resource guide and resource list if you are having insurance problems orcannot work because of cancer treatments. Young Women’s Support Group: Topics related to women who have or had breast or ovarian cancer at ayoung age and want to be in a group where they feel comfortable with theirpeers. Wednesday, May 11,7 pm: Support Connection office, 40 Triangle Center,Suite 100, Yorktown Heights Advanced Stage Cancer SupportGroup: For women with recurrent, advancedstage or metastatic breast, ovarian or gynecological cancerFriday, May 20,12:30 pm: SupportConnection office, 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights OTHER PROGRAMS Walking Club: Put Your Best Foot ForwardMarch 9, 10:30-11:15 am ANDWednesday, May 25, 4-4:45 pmNorth County Trail, Yorktown Heights, NYGrab your sneakers and embrace a fun and healthy way to socialize.

Connect withothers who have been in your shoes and enjoy the beautiful day     Canasta, Coffee and CamaraderieMarch 9th, 10-11:30 amSupport Connection office, 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights, NYCalling all levels of Canasta players to join us for a morning of card-playing,companionship and coffee. Share your love of the game with fellow enthusiasts,and enjoy time spent with others who are also living with cancer. 


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