Cancer Support Services

Greenwich Hospital team understands how challenging a cancer diagnosis can be for the patient, family members, friends and caregivers. Greenwich Hospital offers a wide range of counseling, services, support groups and more for cancer patients and their loved ones. Many of these services are free of charge.

Select “Cancer” in the Calendar to see upcoming programs, support groups and special events pertaining to cancer care.

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Screenings

Free Mammograms

Free mammograms are available to eligible women through the Greenwich Hospital Partnership for Breast Health. You may qualify if you are 40 or older, are low-income and have no health insurance. Available by appointment at the Greenwich Hospital Breast Center, located in the Bendheim Cancer Center, 77 Lafayette Place (across the street from the hospital). Supported by the Breast Cancer Alliance in cooperation with Greenwich Hospital and the Greenwich Radiology Group. Appointment required: 203-863-3031

Prostate Cancer Screenings

Through our Community Health programs, Greenwich Hospital offers prostate cancer screenings to men with limited financial resources. Men should begin screening for prostate cancer at age 50. African-American males and men with a family history of prostate cancer should start at age 45. Please call for information: 203-863-4444

Counseling

Cancer Counseling

An experienced psychotherapist offers counseling and stress management to help patients and families cope with cancer and its impact on their lives. Information on support resources and educational programs is also available. Provided by Community Health at the Smilow Specialty Physician Suite 3-3200 at Greenwich Hospital. Please call for an appointment or information: 203-863-3704. FREE.

When a Parent Has Cancer

An experienced cancer counselor discusses topics such as explaining your illness to your children, handling their questions and worries. Participants learn how children can grow from, rather than be hurt by, being part of a family affected by cancer. Books and other resources are available. This weekly service is sponsored by Community Health at Greenwich Hospital. Preregistration required: 203-863-3704. FREE.

Consultations

Pre-Mastectomy Consultation

Breast cancer patients who will undergo mastectomy surgery can meet one-on-one with a registered nurse to ask questions and understand what to expect before and after surgery. Please call for an appointment: 203-863-4350. FREE.

Pre-Lumpectomy Consultation

Breast cancer patients who will undergo lumpectomy surgery can meet one-on-one with a registered nurse to ask questions and learn what to expect before and after surgery. Please call for an appointment: 203-863-4350. FREE.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster

This is a 75-minute consultation with a certified registered nurse to help patients learn mind/body techniques to relax before surgery and visualize recovery. Patients will also receive the book, Prepare For Surgery, Heal Faster, and a guided visualization CD. Research shows that this method of preparing for surgery helps people significantly reduce anxiety, use 23-50% less pain medication and heal faster. To schedule an appointment, call 203-863-3222.

Cancer Pain Management

Coping with the pain often associated with cancer at all stages of the disease can take a toll on patients and their caregivers. Effective, customized pain management can allow patients to continue with treatment and improve their quality of life. Decreasing the levels of pain and increasing comfort can also boost a patient’s immune system, ward off infection and potentially increase the body’s natural defense again tumor progression. The physicians at the Sackler Center for Pain Management at Greenwich Hospital offer support and guidance on pain management specific to each individual's diagnosis. For information or an appointment, call 203-422-7970.

Education

I Can Cope Cancer Series

This free educational program for cancer patients and their caregivers, family andfriends helps dispel cancer myths with straightforward information and answers to cancer-related questions. Offered periodically in partnership with the American Cancer Society. FREE.

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Prostate Education Forum

This monthly meeting offers educational programs on prostate cancer and opportunities to meet knowledgeable, supportive prostate cancer survivors. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253. Or register online. FREE..

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Look Good...Feel Better

This interactive program offers information and helpful tips about skin care, makeup, wigs and scarves to help female cancer patients look and feel their best. Offered quarterly in partnership with the American Cancer Society. FREE.

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Spa Night and Eyebrow Clinic

This evening of makeup and fun is for women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Participants learn how deal with the loss of eyebrows, and get complimentary pampering from Greenwich Hospital’s Healing Touch volunteers. Held quarterly. FREE.

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Self-Hypnosis Skills for Cancer Patients

Relaxation, visualization, and imagery are proven ways to access the body's capacity for healing. Self-hypnosis uses these tools for pain reduction, anxiety, side effects of treatments and general well-being. Conducted by a Greenwich Hospital nurse and cancer counselor who has advanced training in hypnosis and is a clinical member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Initial consultation is required: 203-863-4444. FREE.

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Healing Touch at Bendheim Cancer Center

This holistic, energy-based program complements the care of radiation and chemotherapy patients while they receive treatment at the Bendheim Cancer Center. Soothing techniques performed by trained volunteers help patients relax to facilitate healing. To request this service, speak with your nurse when you come for treatment. FREE.

Massage Therapy 

Therapeutic massage reduces stress, muscle tension and pain, promoting a state of balance and relaxation. Physician clearance required. For information, call 203-863-3222. FREE.

Music Therapy

Music helps patients relax, reduce pain, alleviate fear, and lessen anxieties and side effects of cancer treatments. A Music and Meditation deep relaxation session is offered every Tuesday from 12:30 - 1pm in the Greenwich Hospital chapel. This is free to patients and visitors. For more information, call 203-863-3222. FREE.

Nutrition and Cancer

Greenwich Hospital patients and their caregivers will get helpful, healthy hints on maintaining weight during and after treatment. FREE.

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Support Groups

Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Support Group

For newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer seeking information and support. Patients who are in the post-treatment phase of breast cancer can also join this group to continue to gain knowledge and support. Our experienced cancer counselor facilitates this eight-week program. Preregistration is required. FREE.

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Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group

This group meets Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm, every other month. Preregistration and initial consultation required. Call 203-863-3704. FREE.

Encore at the YWCA

Encore is a free YWCA program for women who have had breast cancer surgery. The program consists of group discussions to identify and share common concerns as well as floor and swimming exercises. If you are three weeks or more postoperative and have received your physician's permission, you are welcome to attend. Mondays at 12:30 p.m. If you want a buddy for your first visit or more information, please call 203-869-6501, ext. 131. FREE.

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Cancer Prevention & Wellness

Community Health at Greenwich Hospital is the hospital’s community outreach department. It offers wellness education programs and cancer screenings to men and women.