special programs


Frankly Speaking About Cancer Treatment
Friday, September 5, 12-2:00 pm
At Regional Cancer Care Associates, East Brunswick
Mark Wood

Learn strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection and pain. Discussion will include ways to manage emotional distress to help optimize your quality of life during and after treatment.

Join Our New Book Club!
(Pick a Daytime or Evening Group)
Wednesday, September 10, 11:30-1pm
Thursday, September 11, 6-7:30

Love to read? Want to read with other book-lovers? Join one of our new book clubs beginning in September! We will meet once a month and discussion will be facilitated by Amy Hopper, an English major at The College of New Jersey. The September book will be “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

Healthy Cooking (C.H.E.F.S) Program: Cooking, Healthy Eating, and Food Strategies
Thursday, September 11, 12:15-2 pm
Jeanne Petrucci, Kathleen Mathis,
Nutrition Educators, Living Plate

C.H.E.F.S cooking classes focus on the preparation of whole, plant-based foods while explaining the evidence that supports their cancer-fighting properties. Attendees will gain knowledge, confidence and skills through thoughtfully prepared evidence-based lectures and cooking demonstrations. A generous sampling of all prepared recipes is offered at each class. (Due to limited space, preference given to first time attendees)

Ageless Grace
Friday, September 12, 11:30-12:30 pm
Ferebe Watson Conchar

Please join Ferebe as she guides us in fun, innovative and   creative exercises to help us “age gracefully”.
21 simple tools are used to trigger 5 parts of the brain: analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory-recall and creativity/imagination. It is practiced in a chair so that anyone at any age and ability can participate. Ageless Grace subscribes to the PILL concept (Play Instead of Living Limited)!

Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation
Wednesday, September 17, 3:30-4:30 pm
Katie Walker

The sounds produced by singing bowls are beautiful, rhythmic and soothing. Using sound to evoke the “relaxation response” is one of the simplest, non-invasive ways to de-stress and promote harmony with the mind and body. You will be guided to relax on a yoga mat or sit comfortably in a chair and allow the waves of sound to wash over you!

Armchair Travel with Ellen
Tuesday, September 23, 2-3 pm
Ellen Levine, LCSW, Cancer Support Community Program Director

Come and experience the benefits of travel without leaving the comfort of your chair! Ellen will share her beautiful photographs from her recent trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Travel vicariously as Ellen describes the African culture, customs, people she met along her journey. Please join us for an eye-opening and enriching experience.

 Ask the Doctor (Lunch & Learn)
Thursday, September 25, 12:30-2 pm
Nana Tchabo, MD, FACOG, Women’s Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System, Morristown/Overlook Medical Centers

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month which serves as a reminder to learn how we can be proactive in managing our gynecologic health. Please join Dr. Tchabo for this important discussion including the latest research in prevention, detection and treatment of all gynecological cancers.

Nutrition: Super Foods, Super You
Tuesday, September 30, Noon-1 pm
Karen Connelly, RD, Steeplechase Cancer Center, RWJ University Hospital Somerset

Super-food:a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Come explore ten top super foods and how they can fit into your daily diet. We will discuss the health benefits of chia seeds, berries, almonds, flax meal, quinoa, beans, green tea, chocolate, sweet potatoes, and garlic.


Living With Early Stage Cancer Support Group (New Group!)
Meets 2
nd and 4th Wednesdays

Thursday morning weekly group will now be called “Living With Advanced Cancer Support Group”


Medical Insurance (Lunch & Learn)
Tuesday, October 7, 12-1:00 pm

Presenter:  Denise Sikora, President, DL Health Claims Solutions

Do YOU know what your insurance covers? Attend this workshop for an interactive look at how to decipher your coverage. Why should you pay if the treatment is covered? Denise Sikora is a Medical Advocate and owner of DL Health Claim Solutions. She hates it when she hears someone paid for medical care out of pocket when they have vary good insurance. If you want specifics to your policy , bring a copy along for some great information about key points to look for. There will be time for questions.

Drumming for Wellness
Monday, October 13, 1-2pm

Has your life been touched by cancer? Come and learn the health benefits of drumming. Experience firsthand the joy of drumming. No experience is necessary and drums provided!

Expressive Arts Workshop
Friday, October 17, 10:30-Noon
(Across the street at Center for Contemporary Art)

Instructor: Billie Aber

Paint a beautiful fall landscape and leaves with watercolors. No art experience or supplies necessary. (Due to limited space, preference given to first time attendees)

Nutrition: Plant-Based Diets: The China Study and Fork over Knives
Thursday, October 23, 1-2pm

Presenter:Doreen O’Boyle, RD from Carol G. Simon Canver Center at Overlook Hospital

Join Doreen in a discussion about the science behind the “Forks over Knives” documentary the China Study. We will examine the information presented on plant based diets and how it relates to cancer prevention and survival.

Ageless Grace
Friday, October 24, 11:30-12:30 pm
Ferebe Watson Conchar


Frankly Speaking About Breast Reconstruction
Wednesday , October 29, Noon-2pm
Andrea Strauss MD, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Suzanne de Rothschild Levy, RN, MBA, Image Consultant

Join Dr. Strauss for a discussion on various methods of reconstruction available to women who have or have had breast cancer. Come and learn what factors and criteria need o be considered in making the decision that’s right for you. Suzanne Levy is an award winning consultant, former make-up artist with Neiman Marcus, fashion consultant, former BRECK GIRL and Wilhemina model. She has spent her career making women feel beautiful. She will share ways to build a wardrobe and discuss self-image and personal style.










Times are subject to change, please double check our Program Calendar for any changes. If you would like to register for one of our many programs, please fill out this form and e-mail it to elevine@cancersupportcnj.org.

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