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. For more information about upcoming events, 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.

Cancer Survivorship Learning Series: Cancer and Dental Care

More than one third of cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums, and jaw pain are some of the side effects that may interfere with cancer treatment and lessen your quality of life. Learn the steps you can take to achieve better oral health and hygiene and how to make your dentist part of your cancer care team. Speakers include Marina Aknouk, Veronica Girgis, Angela Kakar, and Madiha Khan from NYU College of Dentistry.

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Sexual Functioning After Prostate Cancer Treatment

If you have been treated for prostate cancer, you may have experienced changes in your body that can affect your self-image, sexuality, and relationships. Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is a common sexual disorder characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity. This lecture examines the causes and treatment options. Social worker Andrew Chesler, MSW, LMSW and urologist Bobby B. Najari, MD, discuss how you can maintain physical intimacy in a relationship after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Colorectal Cancer Risk, Screening, and Prevention

Screening is key in preventing colorectal cancer or discovering it at an early stage. Join us for a discussion of the different screening options available, the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and the importance of understanding your risk. Speakers include Josephine Ledda, CDN, community health representative Neftali Perez, and Renee Williams MD.

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

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
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.

Health Intelligence from Head to Toe

From our head to our toes, how do we explore our body for signs of serious diseases? When is a headache just a headache? When is a cough something to worry about? When should we worry about a stomach ache? And what could that bloating mean? Understanding what healthcare providers tell us and how to make wise decisions is essential for good health. In this lecture, experts discuss the importance of health literacy and how it impacts health and screening guidelines, including specific cancer guidelines for screening and prevention. Speakers include surgical oncologist Deborah M. Axelrod, MD, breast surgeon Shubhada Dhage, MD, Jonathan A. Haas, MD, and medical oncologist Jeffrey G. Schneider, MD.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 12:00-2:00PM
Location: 101 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY, Room G-018
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Finding Your Tribe on the Internet

The use of the internet and social media for health information and joining groups with common interests is growing by the day. Survivors, patients, and caregivers use the internet to educate themselves and to network through blogs; however, concerns remain about the quality and reliability of this information. Join us to hear perspectives from a doctor, blogger, and cancer survivor on the role social media has played in their careers and cancer journey. Learn strategies to locate and utilize reliable health information on the internet. Speakers include urologic oncologist Stacy Loeb, MD, and Elizabeth R. OuYang.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:30PM
Location: 550 First Avenue, Alumni Hall A
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Cancer Survivorship Learning Series: Using Music Therapy to Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis

Music therapy is the practice of using music within a therapeutic relationship to support a spectrum of emotional, social, physical, and spiritual needs. It may be used to help process emotions, decrease stressors, and alleviate pain, while offering motivation and opportunities for creative self-expression to help you through cancer treatment and recovery. Join this interactive workshop where two of our music therapists Megan Walsh, LCAT, and Ariel Weissberger, LCAT, engage participants in learning supportive music therapy techniques to promote relaxation and self-expression.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Program

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. With screening and early detection, this cancer is highly curable and often preventable. In this lecture, experts discuss who is at risk for colon cancer, who should be screened and when, and what screening options are available. Also, a colorectal cancer patient shares a personal story. Speakers include Michael J. Grieco, MD; gastroenterologist Seth A. Gross, MD; community health representative Patricia Hepburn-Moody; Niyati Parekh, PhD; internist Joseph E. Ravenell, MD; and medical oncologist Julia A. Smith, MD.

Lunch is provided after the program.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 11:00AM-1:30PM
Location: 550 First Avenue, Farkas Auditorium
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Update from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

The 41st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium brought scientists and clinicians together to present the latest information on breast cancer prevention strategies, research, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Join medical oncologist Yelena Novik, MD, radiation oncologist Carmen A. Perez, MD, PhD, and breast surgeon Freya R. Schnabel, MD, for a discussion of the findings presented at this premier symposium.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:30PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.

Understanding Your Pathology Report

A pathologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing diseases by examining tissue from the body. Samples of your prostate tissue that are removed during surgery or biopsy are sent for review to the pathologist, who prepare a detailed summary of the findings, or a pathology report. You should obtain a copy of your pathology report for your personal health records and to share with other physicians involved in your care. Understanding this report helps you to make treatment decisions. In this lecture, anatomic pathologist Jonathan Melamed, MD, discusses the NYU Langone prostate cancer tissue bank and how the collection of tissue from the prostate gland can be used for research.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: 160 East 34th Street, 11th Floor, Room 1121
Registration: Register online, email, or call 212-263-2266.