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Breast Cancer Counseling and Support

At NYU Winthrop’s Breast Health Center, we recognize that patients often need more than just treatment. To help them navigate through the process of fighting breast cancer, we offer various types of counseling and support services to ease their stress and anxiety and provide them with all the resources they may need:

  • A licensed Breast Health Center Social Worker will provide you and your family with emotional support, navigate through insurance, financial and other logistical issues and refer you to appropriate wellness programs and local resources.
  • Breast Imaging Nurse Navigators and a Breast Health Center Nurse Navigator who help patients move seamlessly through the many diagnostic tests, procedures, physician visits and treatments.
  • Genetic counseling and testing which seeks to identify and reduce risk, prevent disease and increase life expectancy among patients.
  • Post treatment survivorship summary/program that helps you manage your health in the long-term.
  • Referrals to physical and occupational therapy services.
  • Lifestyle and support group programs such as survivor support groups, yoga, strength training and nutrition.

Breast Cancer Programs and Support Groups

Our programs and support groups are open to ALL Breast Cancer patients and survivors, not just patients of NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month.

The 2nd Friday – Post Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group

The 4th Friday – Newly Diagnosed Support Group

Time: 2:30PM – 4:00PM

Location: NYU Winthrop Welcome Center
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5,
Garden City, NY 11530

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required

For more information and to register, call Michelle DeCastro, LCSW, OSW-C at 516-663-2556.

Download Breast Cancer Support Group Flyer

This class is open to all Breast Patients and Survivors!

Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited range of motion in a fun and safe way. This work has been scientifically proven to help improve one’s physical, mental and emotional health.

All abilities are welcome and can be done standing or seated.

Time: Saturdays beginning May 4, 2019, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Location: 173 Mineola Blvd.
Mineola, NY 11501
First Floor Conference Center Room

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

To register for this free class, please contact Caryn Cooper at 516-316-8617 or email us.

Download Moving for Life Dance Exercise for Health Flyer

Speak to someone who has been there. The network of over 100 volunteers is made up of breast cancer survivors who are here when you need them.

As survivors themselves, they can relate to what you are going through. Our volunteers are professionally trained and receive supervision from licensed social workers. They come from diverse backgrounds and experiences and know breast cancer is not the same for everyone.

We can match you with a breast cancer survivor who has had the same diagnosis, treatment, reconstruction and/or who has experienced similar issues. You can speak to them as often as needed.If you would like to connect to one of our volunteers for information, support, and advocacy, call the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline anytime at 800-877-8077.

Download Peer to Peer Support Program Flyer

Strength Training is a program facilitated by a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist from the non-profit organization Strength For Life.

The most crucial factor to consider when incorporating exercise into your recovery plan is working with a health professional who understands all the variables that come into play with a cancer diagnosis and it’s treatment.

Strength for Life’s Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist’s mission is to empower, inspire and strengthen by using exercise as a method of healing.

Classes are held once a week on Mondays for one hour. Equipment will be provided. Please call below number or check below website to learn about upcoming sessions

Time: Mondays, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Location: Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Blvd.
Mineola, NY 11501

Registration is required. Please call Debra Hughes at 631-882-3387.

For more information, visit the Strength For Life website.

Download Strength Training Flyer

What Will You Learn?

  • Balance Skills
  • Good body alignment
  • Coordinated movements in a circular and flowing motion

What are some other reported benefits of Tai Chi?

  • Better and longer sleep
  • Reduced arthritis symptoms
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced depression

Time: Mondays from 3:30PM – 4:30PM starting November 4, 2019 for 16 weeks
(November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 January 6, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17)

Location: NYU Winthrop Welcome Center
1300 Franklin Ave
Suite ML-5, Conference Room
Garden City, NY, 11530

FREE class but space is limited so registration is required by October 28th. For more information and to register, please contact Marjorie Paganelli at 516-663-4782 or email us.

Download Tai Chi for Cancer Patients and Survivors Flyer

Breast Cancer is a life-changing event. We provide post-treatment, multidis­ciplinary care to breast cancer survivors including detailed Survivorship Care Plans and close surveillance. The Survivorship Care Plans include guidelines for follow-up care and help breast cancer survivors improve the quality of their well-being as they prepare for life beyond their cancer treatment.

Classes are FREE!

For people of all ages and abilities.

Would you like to feel less stressed and more relaxed?

By focusing attention on body alignment, muscle tension and breath awareness, yoga helps to quell anxiety, reduce stress, aid relaxation and facilitate health and well-being on life’s journey.

Welcome Breast Cancer Patients & Victors!

Time: Thursdays, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Location: NYU Winthrop Welcome Center
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

To register for this free class, please contact Annie Falley at 516-384-5276 or email us.

Download Yoga for Breast Health Flyer

Classes are FREE!

This class includes playing of quartz singing bowls and gongs by the instructors, meditation, breathing exercises, mantra repetition and occasional light stretching or a few gentle asanas.

Attendees please bring a yoga mat and a blanket (blanket is optional).

Welcome Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors

Time: 3rd Friday of the Month, 3:00PM – 4:30PM

Location: Come Together Yoga Studio
60 Maple Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

To register for this free class, please contact Michael Gentile at 516-725-0341 or email us. Preferred registration is via email if possible.

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Find a Doctor


For more information or to register for support groups, please call Michelle DeCastro, Breast Health Center Social Worker, LCSW, OSW-C at

To schedule an appointment or talk to a Breast Health Center Nurse Navigator call

To schedule an appointment with a Genetic Counselor please call. A referral is necessary from a healthcare provider.

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Breast Cancer Walk

Join the NYU Winthrop Hospital Breast Health Center Team as we support the efforts of the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer.

Walk with Us or Donate