Breast Cancer

A simple question might be all it takes to save someone’s life. Atlantic Health System is once again encouraging everyone to ask the women they care about to schedule their annual screening mammogram. Or, if you’re a woman 40 and older, take the initiative and do it for yourself. New for this year is the ability to conveniently book an appointment online without a prescription from a provider. Early detection is the #1 tool in the fight against breast cancer, so schedule a mammogram now >




Breast Cancer Programs and Screenings


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”

Path to Wellness
Learn mind-body-spirit techniques to support you on your healing path. Eight-week sessions are held five times per year.
Fridays, 10:00am to Noon
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
For more information, please call 973-971-6514.
 
Post-Treatment Support Group
Cancer survivors who have completed treatment can connect with other survivors and learn about the unique challenges and concerns facing them as they move forward with their lives.
First Tuesday of every month, 5:30 to 7:00pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
For more information, please call 973-971-6299.
 
Breast Cancer Pre-Surgery Class
A nurse, social worker and physical therapist will explain how to prepare for breast surgery from both a physical and emotional standpoint.
Second and fourth Monday of every month, 3:00 to 4:30pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Radiation Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-6175.
 
Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation
The ancient vibrational sound of singing bowls helps promote relaxation and healing. This class is open to all cancer patients and their caregivers; registration is not required.
First Monday and Third Friday of every month, 2:00 to 3:00pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
 
Qi Gong
This traditional Chinese practice, which uses low impact exercise and breathing techniques, may help strengthen the body’s vital energy. This class is open to all cancer patients and their healing team; registration is not required.
Wednesdays, Noon to 1:00pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
 
Learn Therapeutic Touch
Learn how to balance another person’s energy with therapeutic touch. This technique stimulates deep relaxation, manages pain and symptoms, and enhances the body’s healing ability. Registration is required.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
For a schedule and to register, please call 973-971-4063.
 
Healing Through Drumming
Decrease stress and release tension in a creative way by coming to a group drumming circle. Experience is not necessary, and drums will be provided. This program is only open to cancer patients and their caregivers.
Last Tuesday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology Waiting Room
Presenter: Leah Oswanski, MA, MT-BC
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-5919.
 
Somatron Sessions
Appointments are available Monday through Friday for Somatron, a vibro-acoustic musical massage designed to decrease anxiety, muscle tension, pain and nausea.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Music Therapy Office
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 973-971-5919.
 
Healing Touch
Patients currently receiving treatment at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center can experience this hands-on, energy balancing technique.
Fourth Thursday of every month, 6:30 to 8:30pm*
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
To register, please visit our Patient and Family Information Center.
*20-minute walk-in sessions available every Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:45am; registration not required
 
Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Class
Learn tools and techniques to help support your body’s own natural ability to heal.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
Presenter: Jean Marie Rosone
To register, please call 973-971-6514.
 
Reiki Sessions for Cancer Patients
This ancient art of hands-on healing helps the patient feel relaxed and renewed. Open to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center patients and their caregivers only; to schedule a 30-minute session, please visit the resource room to sign up.
  • Mondays and Thursdays, 9:45am to 12:30pm
  • First and third Wednesdays, 2:00 to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays, 9:45am to Noon
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
For more information, please call 973-971-6514.
 
Free One-Hour Jin Shin Jyutsu Session for Cancer Patients
This ancient eastern practice helps energize the mind and spirit. Open to Carol G. Simon Cancer Center patients and their caregivers only; to schedule an appointment, please visit the resource room to sign up.
Second and fourth Tuesdays, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
For more information, please call 973-971-6514.
 
Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients
A combination of stretching, breathing and meditation help create a union of mind, body and spirit. Registration is not required.
Thursdays, 1:15 to 2:30pm
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary


 
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