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Oncology Support Services

At RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey we treat the whole patient and not just their disease. In addition to state-of-the-art treatments, our facilities also provide outstanding oncology support services including psychosocial support, nurse navigation, nutritional counseling, health and wellness programming, and general and disease-specific support groups. Our programs can help you manage stress, cope with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, deal with treatment and its side effects, and help you adjust to the many changes in your life.

Most of our support groups and wellness programs are virtual with a few in person at one of our facilities across the state. Please contact the site’s facilitator with any questions or to register for the group.

Support Groups

General Cancer Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group (virtual)
For patients and caregivers of those currently undergoing treatment.

Date(s): First Tuesday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Living with Cancer Support Group (virtual)

For cancer patients and their caregivers. The group improves education, promotes mutual problem solving and facilitates sharing.
Date(s): Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month
Time: 7pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Connect, Share, Empower, Radiation Therapy Support (virtual)
This group provides support for radiation therapy patients and their family members.
Date(s): Fourth Wednesday of each month
Time: 10:30am
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Latina Share (virtual)
This Spanish-speaking group provides support for gynecological and breast cancer patients.
Date(s): Various groups on various days
Time: various times
Host: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Registration Contact: Jennie Santiago (LatinaSHARE) 212-937-5585


Men’s Cancer Support Group (virtual)
Serves as a support channel and place for our male patients to bring up issues of concern.
Date(s): First Tuesday of each month AND Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month
Time: 11am AND 6:30pm
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset


Cancer Support Group (virtual)
This group provides support for patients in treatment and survivors with history of cancer.
Date(s): First Tuesday of each month
Time: 4pm
Host: Jersey City Medical Center
Registration Contact: Kristy Case, LCSW, Office: 201.915.2578


Cancer Support Group (virtual)
This group provides support for patients in treatment and survivors with history of cancer.
Date(s): Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 2pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Cancer Support Group (virtual)
This group provides support for patients in treatment and survivors with history of cancer.
Date(s): Third Thursday of each month
Time: 1:30pm
Host: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Registration Contact: Leon Lejda 973-926-7565 or Rachael Shuster 973-926-7976


Post Treatment Support Group (virtual)
Date(s): Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 5pm
Host: Jersey City Medical Center
Registration Contact: Kristy Case, LCSW, Office: 201.915.2578


Bereavement Support Group (virtual)
Date(s): Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 5pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Support Groups

Disease-specific Support Groups

Transplant Support Group (virtual)
This group addresses specific issues related to life post bone marrow/stem cell transplant. The meetings are designed to promote mutual support and education to members by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own.
Date(s): Third Friday of each month
Time: 1pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Breast Cancer Support Group (in person)
This Support Group welcomes those who have received a Breast Cancer diagnosis in all phases of their journey. It offers participants the opportunity to share personal experiences and provides helpful resources and methods of coping with feelings of anxiety and distress.
Date(s): First Tuesday of each month in the lobby of The Cancer Center at RWJUH Hamilton
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton
Registration Contact: Patty Hutman Parker, RN, at 609-584-2836 or Roberta Weiner, LCSW, at 609-584-6680.


Breast Cancer Support Group (virtual)
Date(s): First Tuesday of each month @10:00am AND Last Wednesday of each month @ 5pm
Time: 10am (Tuesday) AND 5pm (Wednesday)
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Time to Talk Breast Cancer Support Group (virtual)
Helps improve the education of patients with this disease, provide the opportunity to receive information and to facilitate sharing among breast cancer survivors.
Date(s): Second Monday of each month AND Fourth Monday of each month
Time: 2pm AND 7pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Gastrointestinal Support Group (virtual)
Helps improve the education of patients with this disease, provide the opportunity to receive information and to facilitate sharing among GI cancer survivors.
Date(s): Third Wednesday of each month
Time: 4pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Helps improve the education of patients with this disease, provide the opportunity to receive information and to facilitate sharing among GI cancer survivors.
Date(s):
Time:
Host: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Registration Contact: Ilana Silver, LCSW at 973-322-2743


Multiple Myeloma Support Group (virtual)
Date(s): First Wednesday of each month
Time: 6:30pm
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Registration Contact:


SPOHNC Oral/Head/Neck Support Group (virtual)
Date(s): Second Thursday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Better Breather’s Support Group (virtual)
For individuals who have COPD or other chronic lung disease such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. Learn how other cope with lung illness and share strategies for improving your quality of life.
Date(s): Second Thursday of each month
Time: 10:30am
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Registration Contact:


Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs

Mindfulness Meditation (virtual)
Open to all
Date(s): First Friday of each month AND Third Thursday of each month
Time: 8am AND 5pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Mindfulness Meditation (virtual)
Date(s): First Tuesday of each month AND Third Thursday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Guided Imagery (virtual)
Open to all
Date(s): Second Tuesday of each month AND Fourth Tuesday of each month
Time: 2pm AND 2pm
Host: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Registration Contact: Sharon Epps at 732-235-6792 or cinj_socialworkers@cinj.rutgers.edu


Wellness Workout (virtual)
All are invited at any age and any stage in their cancer journey. Learn a variety of progressive exercises using your body weight and any other resistance equipment available in your home. Gain confidence and focus on movement patterns while building balance, flexibility and strength.
Date(s): Every Tuesday and Friday
Time: 11am
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Registration Contact:


Gentle Yoga (virtual)
Yoga designed for individuals who are able to sit on the floor comfortably and get up again without difficulty.
Date(s): Every Tuesday
Time: 1:30pm
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Registration Contact:


Chair Yoga (virtual)
Yoga designed for individuals who have difficulty sitting on the floor comfortably and getting up again easily.
Date(s): Every Thursday
Time: 12:30pm
Host: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
Registration Contact:


Laughing Chair Yoga (virtual)
Learn the benefits of experiencing laughter through this yoga practice.
Date(s): First Wednesday of each month
Time: 11am
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Seated Tai Chi Easy (virtual)
Date(s): Second and fourth Tuesday
Time: 11:30am
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Seated Chair Yoga (virtual)
Yoga designed for individuals who have difficulty sitting on the floor comfortably and getting up again easily.
Date(s): Third Friday of each month
Time: 10:00am
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Seated Qi gong (virtual)
Date(s): First and Third Monday of each month
Time: 11:00am
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Breathing for Relaxation (virtual)
Date(s): Last Friday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Seated Zumba Gold (virtual)
Date(s): Second Monday of each month @ 11:00am AND Fourth Monday of each month at 6:00pm
Time: 11am AND 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Chair Stretch (virtual)
Date(s): Third Tuesday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Virtual Yoga classes (virtual)
Date(s): Mondays and Fridays
Time: 6pm and 10:30am
Host: Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Registration Contact: To register, please call 973-322-7007.


Journey Through Music (virtual)
Experience the inspiration and benefits of music on this journey through various genres. How music can be used as a support and coping mechanism through your cancer journey.
Date(s): Fourth Friday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Spirituality Reflections (virtual)
Discussion and reflection on topics related to spirituality through ones cancer journey.
Date(s): First Monday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


Collective Vision Celebrating Diversity (virtual)
Discussion r/t cultural experiences and celebration of diversity and its impact through ones cancer journey.
Date(s): Third Monday of each month
Time: 6pm
Host: Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
Registration Contact: Deanna Tiggs MS, RN, AOCNS at 732-923-6510


  • Individualized Cancer Wellness Program for Cooperman Barnabas patients only. It provides 2 nutritional counseling sessions, exercise (12 week program), yoga (twice a week) and 2 sessions of massage therapy.
  • Art therapy program-individual and group services to patients undergoing treatment at Cooperman Barnabas Cancer Center

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600 River Avenue
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4013 Route 9
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