Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offers several support groups for our patients, their siblings, their parents, and other loved ones.
Parent Support Group and Speaker Series
Our parent support groups provide an environment for you to meet with fellow parents who understand your experience and share your concerns. Participation in discussion is voluntary. Facilitators provide support and insight, and outside speakers present on various wellness and coping topics.
Sibling Support Group
The Sibling Support Group is open to any brother or sister of a child under our care. The group helps orient siblings to a patient’s experiences and to the hospital itself. Additionally, common needs and concerns that frequently arise among siblings during a brother’s or sister’s illness are addressed within a supportive peer group setting. Recurring topics include coping with a sibling being ill and the larger impact it can have on family dynamics.
Teen Support Group
The teen support group is a 12-week program that helps teens in active treatment learn how to cope positively with their illness while providing them with a safe and supportive forum to express their thoughts, fears, concerns, and joys. Outings and activities are scheduled year-round for all teens, whether current or past patients, giving them the opportunity to meet and socialize with peers who understand what they are going through.