Education and Wellness
We offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.
We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast and ovarian cancer.
Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Updates for details.
Dealing with Cancer and COVID-19: An Open Discussion
WHEN: Monday, April 13, 1 – 2 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Toll-Free Teleconference
Coping with cancer is stressful enough under the best of circumstances. Coping with cancer in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis is a challenge none of us were prepared for.
We are all figuring out how to navigate this uncharted territory. There are so many new questions: How to handle medical appointments? How to cope with the isolation and loneliness? What are some self-care tools that can be used while at home?
As in any difficult situation, talking with others, and sharing resources and coping tips, can be invaluable. Since we are all social-distancing, we are offering this open discussion group by toll-free teleconference. You can call from home to connect with others facing similar challenges.
This is not an educational program, but rather a discussion group, led by a Peer Counselor, where concerns and information can be exchanged. Please join us as we discuss our common worries, share our ideas, and help one another deal with these new and unexpected issues.
Weekly Meditation with Alan Bandes
WHEN: Wednesdays through the end of June 2020, 10:30-11 am (NY time)
WHERE: National Toll-Free Teleconference
Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required.
Now more than ever, we all need to take time out of our day to nurture ourselves and find calm and peace. Support Connection invites you to join Alan Bandes, our beloved Tai Chi teacher, as he offers a weekly meditation class via toll free teleconference. Alan will share the basics of meditation and will lead us in a soothing, relaxing 15 minute guided meditation.
Webinar: Treatment and Issues for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 8 – 9 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Webinar
What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer? About 10 to 15% of breast cancers are classified as triple negative because they lack receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and HER2. They can be harder to treat because they don’t respond to drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors. Women with triple-negative breast cancer are mainly treated with chemotherapy or take part in clinical trials.
Join us for this educational program that will cover the following topics pertaining to Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC):
- Recent changes in standard of care therapy.
- The use of chemotherapy in patients who are found to have residual breast cancer.
- Post neoadjuvant therapy and the use of immunotherapy, both in the early stage and metastatic settings.
- Some of the novel treatment strategies that are under investigation for the treatment of patients with metastatic TNBC.
There will be a question and answer period following the presentation. The program will be moderated by a Support Connection Peer Counselor.
SPEAKER: Ayca Gucalp, MD, Assistant Attending, Breast Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Gucalp is a medical oncologist with a clinical practice dedicated exclusively to the care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Her research activities are focused on the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). She has a particular interest in evaluating the underlying biology of TNBC, with the goal of developing more effective and less toxic therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with this subtype of breast cancer. Dr. Gucalp has conducted several prospective therapeutic trials enrolling patients with TNBC, including a pivotal study establishing the potential role of anti-androgen receptor (AR) agents in the rare TNBCs that are AR-positive.
Dr. Gucalp received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology/Hematology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She holds Board Certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.
Naturopathic Medicine and Cancer: A National Teleconference
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 1 – 2 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Toll-Free Teleconference
This program will introduce participants to Naturopathic Medicine and how a Naturopathic Doctor can be a helpful part of your cancer care team. The speaker will discuss how she works with patients, as well as the following topics:
- Some common naturopathic recommendations during and after cancer treatment
- Functional medicine testing
- Hormone balancing
- Bone health
- The latest information from the Society for Integrative Oncology Conference regarding nutrition, intermittent fasting and exercise recommendations.
Question and answer period to follow. Program will be moderated by a Support Connection Peer Counselor.
SPEAKER: Dr. Abby Egginton is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Ridgefield, CT and Pleasantville, NY. She earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and then completed a residency in Naturopathic Oncology, at Indiana University Cancer Center followed by a fellowship at Bastyr. She has also completed advanced training in women’s health, homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy and has been trained as a birth doula. Naturopathic medicine works to understand the underlying cause of symptoms and disease. Dr. Egginton partners with her patients to find personalized health solutions for lasting wellness. Learn more at www.balancenaturopathic.com.
Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness
Cancelled through June 2020 due to COVID-19.
WHEN: Saturdays; Noon-1:30 pm (check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY
Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.
INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for 20 years and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for at least 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing.
Doris, a regular participant, says “Mia’s knowledgeable, gentle approach brings a sense of peace and awareness that stays with me long after the class is over.”
*This program is funded in part by a grant from the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cancelled through May 2020 due to COVID-19.
WHEN: Every Wednesday, beginning on 1/15/20 (*check our calendar for exceptions), 10:30 – 11:30 am
WHERE: Albert A. Capellini Community & Cultural Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
The basic principle of Tai Chi (TIE-chee) is to cultivate what the Chinese allude to as the 3 treasures: mind, body, spirit. The practice includes a series of exercises called Silk Reeling (slow, repetitive, meditative movements) followed by form practice. Benefits include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a sense of well-being.
In this class, a basic beginner form will be taught. Learn to focus the mind while working on the principles of posture and motion. The goal is to help each student understand the mind-body relationship so they can continue to grow with the forms they have learned long after class ends.
INSTRUCTOR: Alan Bandes has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years and has taught for 8 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.