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The Emotional Journey of Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, and More


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From Queens Library's expert-led panel, Cancer Awareness: What You Need to Know, featuring professionals from New York Hospital Queens, North Shore LIJ, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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The Emotional Journey of Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, and More

  1. 1. The Journey of Cancer:Some Helpful Information Sharon L. Lerman, LCSW-R 718-470-8964
  2. 2. Emotional Impact• Shock • Hopelessness &• Disbelief Sadness • Anger• Fear & Anxiety • Guilt
  3. 3. How to Cope• Time to Adjust• Evaluate What is Important• Support From Loved Ones
  4. 4. Useful Tips…• Learn As Much As YOU Can – Decreases fear of unknown – Increases sense of control – Use healthcare team & resources • Support Programs • Financial Assistance • Transportation • Information About Cancer
  5. 5. Useful Tips…• Make List of YOUR Questions• Bring Family or Friend to Appointment• Take Notes• Ask for Clarification• Second Opinion?
  6. 6. Types of Support• Individual Counseling• Family Counseling• Support Group – By Diagnosis – Wellness Groups – Educational Seminars – Programs Connect Patients with Similar Diagnoses (Phone Buddies)
  7. 7. WIG SALONS Queens Nassau Ginza Wigs Women’s Boutique116-01 Queens Blvd. 112BroadwayForest Hills, NY Malverne, NY 718-544-1848 516-292-1320Eva Feiger Wigs Jacki’s Wig Works 103-39 Queens Blvd 3394 Merrick RoadForest Hills, NY Seaford, NY718-275-7585 516-679-4633B&B Beauty Supply Catherine Roberts Wig Salon122-09 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 528 BroadwayJamaica, NY Massapequa, NY718-481-6292 516-797-7543
  8. 8. Transportation• ABLE-RIDE - the MTA provides transportation to disabled individuals who reside in Nassau County. Call 516-228-4024 for an application.•• ACCESS-A-RIDE – the MTA provides transportation to disabled individuals who reside in the 5 boroughs of NYC• Call 1-877-337-2017 for an application.
  9. 9. TransportationIf you are 60 years of age or older, contact your local Senior Citizen Center to inquire about possible assistance with transportation. SNAP – services for Queens Village & Floral Park (Queens). 718-454-2100Catholic Charities - services for Bayside and Fresh Meadows vicinity. 718-357-4903 Gayle Kolidas – Senior Navigator 1-888-243-6272
  10. 10. Queens Meal Providers
  11. 11. Oncology Support Programs
  12. 12. Oncology Support Programs
  13. 13. Oncology Support Programs
  14. 14. Oncology Support Programs
  15. 15. Community Support Groups & Internet Resources• The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program - offers support groups and educational seminars on breast cancer. 1-800- 877-8077• American Cancer Society - provides educational materials and information on community resources. 1-800-227-2345• Cancer Care - provides individual and group support for patients and families dealing with cancer. 516-364-8130 or NYC 212-712- 8080
  16. 16. Community Support Groups & Internet Resources• Cancer Hope Network - provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. 1-877-HOPENET• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - offers community based support groups and educational materials. 1-800-955-4572• Lung Cancer Alliance – provides patient education and psychosocial support through a Phone Buddy Program, Lung Cancer Information Line, and online support community. 1-800- 298-2436
  17. 17. Community Support Groups & Internet Resources• Multiple Myeloma Foundation - 203-972-1250• National Cancer Institute - 1-800-4-CANCER• SHARE - Self help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer - offers the opportunity to speak with a survivor of breast or ovarian cancer. Provides support, educational and wellness programs. 1- 866-891-2392
  18. 18. Community Support Groups & Internet Resources• SPOHNC (Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer) Meets monthly (516) 759-5333• The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) This toll- free hot line connects patients or patient advocacy organizations to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers skilled in the management of cancer-related distress. For a confidential referral call 1-866-276-7443.• The Wellness Community Helps people with cancer and their loved ones enhance health and well being by providing a professional program of support, education and hope, completely free of charge.
  19. 19. Discounted Prescriptions• EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) 1-800-332-3742• Stop and Shop – generic drugs• Walmart – generic drugs• Target – generic drugs
  20. 20. Take Control• Develop Treatment Plan with Physician• Ask Healthcare Team• Be Advocate for Self & Loved One