Perlmutter Cancer Center Educational Events

The topic of cancer can feel overwhelming to anyone affected by it. It’s important to get helpful information from a reliable source about cancer, its treatment, and how to cope.

Our educational forums cover a range of cancer-related topics, including understanding cancer, preventing cancer, living with cancer, and life after treatment. Some of our programs are tailored to patients and caregivers, and others are geared toward members of the general public who have not yet been affected by cancer.

These events at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center provide valuable information about steps you can take to reduce the risk of cancer and how to recognize cancer signs and symptoms.

For more information about upcoming events, call 212-263-2266 or email

Our cancer education series offers lectures, panel discussions, and presentations by cancer specialists, healthcare professionals, and survivors, who share the newest information on diagnosis, treatment options, research, and resources.

Our survivorship learning series focuses on the unique issues related to living with cancer and life after treatment.

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Register for Our Upcoming Educational Events

We maintain a robust schedule of cancer educational events for patients and the general public. These events are free, but registration is required. Except where noted, you can register online, call us at 212-263-2266, or email us at

Watch Our Previous Lectures

If you missed one of our cancer educational events, you can view previous lectures on our YouTube channel.

Updates on Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are key to developing new methods for preventing, detecting, and treating cancer. Due to misconceptions and reasonable concerns about the risks involved, patients don’t always wish to participate. Join medical oncologists Deirdre J. Cohen, MD, and Yelena Novik, MD, as they demystify these misconceptions and concerns and discuss the importance of participating. Topics include how clinical trials work at Perlmutter Cancer Center; how the trials affect patients’ standards of care; and the medical ethics of clinical trials. Our experts also share updates from the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:30PM
Location: 550 First Avenue, Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center, 1st Floor Seminar Room
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Cancer Survivorship Learning Series: Express Yourself: Journaling Workshop

Writing can provide a safe outlet for the emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. In our therapeutic writing workshop, writing instructor Damian Van Denburgh and social worker Carmen Morales, LCSW-R, give people the tools to express the many emotions that can occur with cancer.

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Stress Management

For some people, the holidays can be a difficult time—feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anger can intensify when contrasted with the joy expected of the holidays. Join psychiatrist Asher D. Aladjem, MD, as he shares ways to cope with holiday blues, manage expectations, and make the most of the season. He also provides relaxation tips.

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Cancer Screening and Prevention Education

Cancers are easier to treat when they are detected early. Join clinical associate professor Tu Tu Aung-Hillman, MD, as she discusses risk factors for cancer, preventive measures, and available treatment options.

Lunch is provided after the program. This program is presented in collaboration with NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:30PM
Location: NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, 760 Broadway, 10th Floor Solarium, Brooklyn, NY
Registration: To reserve your seat, please call 718-963-5771 or register online.

Cancer Survivorship Learning Series: Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga harnesses the physical act of laughter for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Join yoga instructor Marisa Sullivan, CYT, to learn how to incorporate laughter yoga into your daily routine. The benefits include clearing stale air from the lungs, increasing circulation, exercising the muscles of the diaphragm and abdomen, cleansing the body of cortisol, and increasing serotonin levels. Laughter yoga also opens pathways in the brain, which helps foster a positive outlook, problem solving skills, and creativity.

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.