Education and Wellness

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Alert for details.

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.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


Dealing with Cancer and COVID-19: An Open Discussion

WHEN: Monday, April 13, 1 – 2 pm (NY time)
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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.


Webinar: Treatment and Issues for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

WHEN: Thursday, May, 14 8 – 9 pm (NY time)
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had triple negative breast cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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. Gulcalp 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.


Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

CANCELLED THROUGH APRIL 2020 DUE TO COVID-19.

WHEN: Saturdays; Noon-1:30 pm (check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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 class is over.”

*This program is funded in part by a grant from the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Tai Chi

CANCELLED THROUGH APRIL 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

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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 beginners 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.

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Webinar: Nutrition For People With Breast, Ovarian or Gynecological Cancer

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 8 – 9 pm (NY time)
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Join us for this educational program that will cover the following topics pertaining to nutrition and cancer care:

  • Eating well through cancer treatment
  • Strategies for managing side-effects
  • Nutrition for post treatment
  • How to navigate current nutrition trends in cancer care.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentation. The program will be moderated by a Support Connection Peer Counselor.

SPEAKER: Vicki Barber, RDN, CSO, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is board certified in oncology nutrition. Her career as a registered dietitian began in 1998 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, where she worked as an inpatient dietitian on the oncology and surgical floors. Expanding coverage to the outpatient area allowed Vicki to begin working with outpatients in radiation oncology and then medical oncology. Today, she practices full time within the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital with patients receiving chemotherapy, radiation and surgical intervention, as well as wellness and palliative care.

Ms. Barber’s accomplishments include publication and presentation of a study for the American Institute of Cancer Research as well presenting a national webinar geared toward  dietitians seeking CEUs for oncology based practice. She also  works per diem at Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut and serves on a variety of committees within the Praxair Cancer Center.

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10 Years Or More Post-Diagnosis: An Open Discussion

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to women who were diagnosed with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer 10 or more years ago. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Have short-term side effects become long-term? Are you confused or do you just have questions about changes in  treatment recommendations and follow-up protocol since you were diagnosed? Do you find yourself asking what doctors you should still be seeing and why? Do you wonder who is actually watching the ship?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE in any of this. Many of you call with questions regarding long-term survivorship follow up. This open discussion provides a venue to connect and talk openly with other women who have the same questions as you. It is not an educational forum but rather a discussion group, led by a Peer Counselor, where concerns and information can be exchanged.

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Registration Is Required

All programs are FREE. Please call in advance to register. 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

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