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Cancer Survivorship and Post-Treatment

After cancer treatment, many patients may be hit with uncertainties when readjusting to daily life – when to return to work, what sort of diet to be on, how much exercise to get or how to re-establish relationships. The question inevitably is "Now what?"

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That's why Atlantic Health System Cancer Care offers support programs to help cancer patients deal with post-treatment issues related to survivorship.

Survivorship Programs at Morristown Medical Center
 

Education

  • Post-Treatment Information Sessions – Explore common post-treatment issues, such as return to employment, nutrition, relationships, sexuality, exercise and coping. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-4063.
  • Smoking Cessation Support – Through group or individual sessions, a trained expert will introduce you to techniques that can help you quit smoking. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-7971.

Mind, Body and Spirit

  • Gentle Massage – This healing technique may help reduce stress and anxiety. For a location, schedule, fees and to register, please call 973-971-6301.
  • Healing Through Drumming – Group drumming circles may help decrease stress and release tension. Experience is not necessary and drums will be provided. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-5919.
  • Meditation – Learn techniques to stimulate relaxation and well-being:
    • Learn to Meditate – For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-6514.
    • Ongoing Meditation – Registration is not required.
      Every Monday, 6:00 to 7:00pm
      Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
  • Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Instruction will be provided in breathing and simple movements suitable for all fitness levels. Registration is not required.
    Every Monday, 6:00 to 7:00pm
    Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
  • Therapeutic Touch Training – Learn ancient healing techniques designed to balance your body’s energy. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-4063.
  • Writing as a Way of Healing – Guided writing exercises will be performed in a supportive environment. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 973-971-6514.
  • Yoga – Mild exercise, stretching and breathing may help promote awareness, spirituality and calmness. Registration is not required:
    • Gentle Yoga
      Every Wednesday, Noon to 1:00pm
      Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
    • Evening Yoga
      Every Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:30pm
      Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary

Nutrition

  • Post-Treatment Nutrition Recommendations – During one-on-one discussions with post-treatment patients, registered dietitians who are certified specialists in oncology will make recommendations and answer questions about nutrition, physical activity and site-specific cancer issues. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 973-971-6232.

During Treatment or Post-Treatment

  • Moving Beyond – Women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment can partake in group exercises. Medical clearance is required to participate. For a location, schedule, fees and to register, please call 973-971-4674.
  • Moving Beyond II – This exercise program is for breast cancer survivors who have completed treatment. For a location, schedule, fees and to register, please call 973-971-4674.
  • Post-Breast Surgery Program – Women who have had either a lumpectomy or mastectomy and are six weeks to eighteen months post-surgery will receive support and can participate in pool rehabilitation sessions. For a location, schedule and to register, please call 1-800-227-2345.

Survivorship Programs at Overlook Medical Center

Education

  • Ostomy Support Group
    This professionally led group is for ostomy survivors and their families.
    For a location, schedule and to register, please call 908-522-5552.
  • Learning to Live with Chronic Cancer
    Patients living with chronic cancer can share, connect and learn new coping strategies at this peer support group.
    First Wednesday of every month, 10:30am to Noon
    For location and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group
    A licensed social worker and registered nurse lead a discussion-based peer support group for Overlook Medical Center patients in their first year of breast cancer treatment.
    Second and fourth Monday of every month, 1:00 to 2:00pm
    Overlook Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Oncology Conference Room
    For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6210.
  • Post-Treatment Support Group
    Patients who have completed cancer treatment meet monthly to discuss issues related to survivorship.
    For a location, schedule and to register, please call 908-522-5349.
  • Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery
    Patients who will be having breast cancer surgery can learn how to prepare for their upcoming operation and hospital stay, as well as available support resources. Family members welcome.
    Overlook Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Oncology Conference Room
    For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-6210.

Mind, Body and Spirit

  • Gentle Massage
    This healing technique may help reduce stress and anxiety.
    For a location, schedule, fees and to register, please call 908-598-7997.
  • Gentle Yoga
    Mild exercise, stretching and breathing may help promote awareness, spirituality and calmness.
    For a location, schedule and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
  • Mindfulness Group
    Men and women can learn how to use the power of the mind to help cope with illnesses.
    Outpatient Behavioral Health at Overlook Medical Center, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ
    For a schedule and to register, please call 1-888-247-1400.
  • Tai Chi/Qi Gong
    Instruction will be provided in breathing and simple movements suitable for all fitness levels.
    For a location, schedule and to register, please call 908-522-6168.

I might have been broken, but mended rather quickly with my desire to fight and the amazing support system that the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center provided me with.

Bridget Bocchino Hochstuhl, Breast cancer patient at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

Lymphedema Management

Atlantic Rehabilitation's certified therapists can help manage lymphedema, a type of swelling that sometimes results from cancer treatment or surgery.