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 treatment and beyond.

Whether you’re receiving cancer treatment as an inpatient or an outpatient at NYU 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; animal-assisted therapy with specially trained therapy dogs; and chair massages during chemotherapy infusions.

We offer cancer support groups that give you the opportunity to connect with other people having similar experiences.

Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or social worker for more information. All programs are open to patients at NYU 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.


Perlmutter Cancer Center’s CancerConnect is an online community where people who have cancer, as well as survivors and caregivers, can share their experiences and provide support to one another. Through this virtual platform, you can connect with others affected by cancer and participate in discussion groups, including those focused on specific types of cancer. You don’t have to be a patient at Perlmutter Cancer Center to participate, and registration is free and confidential.


A specially trained psychiatrist works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide support for people with cancer and their families and caregivers who may be experiencing emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and feelings of 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 cancer or ovarian cancer.

This program takes place one Thursday per month at 6:00PM. For more information, call 212-731-5110.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Group

This program takes place on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30PM. For more information, call 212-731-5110.

Living with Lung Cancer Groups for Patients and Caregivers

We have groups available for patients and for caregivers. For more information and to discuss your eligibity for these groups, please call 212-731-5106. These groups are supported through the generosity of the Stephen E. Banner Foundation.

Pancreatic Cancer Group

This group provides support to people who have pancreatic cancer and their caregivers. Discussions include topics such as quality of life as a caregiver, preventing burnout, tools to prevent stress, and coping with grief, loss, and challenging situations.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month, except on holidays, from 4:00 to 5:00PM at 160 East 34th Street in Room 1121. For more information, call 212-731-5806.

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 212-731-5411.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

For patients who are not currently receiving treatment, this group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:15PM at 240 East 38th Street in Room G-10 on the ground floor. For more information, call 646-501-7604.

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: 212-731-5108

Brain/neurologic cancer support: 646-501-7604

Breast cancer support: 212-731-5110 or 212-731-6056

Gastrointestinal cancer support: 212-731-5411

Gynecologic cancer support: 646-501-7604

Hematologic cancers and blood disorders support: 646-501-7605

Living with lung cancer support: 212-731-5106 (offered with the generous support of the Stephen E. Banner Fund)

Melanoma support: 212-731-5108

Oral or head and neck cancer support: 212-731-5411

Radiation therapy support: 212-731-5411

Sarcoma support: 212-731-5108

Palliative care: 212-731-6056

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 Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00PM, except on the fifth Wednesday of the month, when applicable. Please call 212-731-5806 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, New York. 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 Look Good Feel Better 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 212-731-6056.