Breast Cancer

Atlantic Health System is feeling a little blue, but not in a melancholy kind of way. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield just named us one of their Blue Distinction® Centers for Cancer Care, which recognizes quality in value-based care. The designation applies to all cancer types in various settings, including Overlook Medical Center and other Atlantic Health System hospitals, physician groups, cancer centers and accountable care organizations.
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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. Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of these programs call 1-800-247-9580 Monday through Thursday between 8:30am to 8:00pm and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm,  please call 908-522-6168 or sign-up

Drop-In Meditation and Mindful Movement
Gentle yoga and Qi Gong exercises will be followed by guided mindfulness meditation.
Third Monday of the month, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Overlook Medical Center, 5th Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, call 908-522-6168.
 
Art Therapy
Creating art with an art therapist promotes relaxation and healing, increases self-awareness, and provides a safe forum for expression. 
Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:30am 
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Mindfulness Tools for Cancer Recovery
Cancer patients and their caregivers can learn the practice of mindful meditation to help aid the healing process.
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For dates and times, call 908-522-6168.

Stress Management for Cancer Patients
This course covers a wide range of topics to assist patients in identifying the sources of stress and ways to effectively manage and respond to them.
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For dates, times and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Qi Gong and Tai Chi for Wellness
Partake in gentle movement, breathing and meditation exercises designed to activate the body’s natural ability to heal. This class is open to all cancer patients and their caregivers.
Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Drop In Meditation and Mindful Movement
Cancer patients can learn guided meditation and movement practices to aid them both during and after treatment.
Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00am
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Scar Massage
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center mastectomy patients who are at least six weeks post-surgery can receive a private session with a certified massage therapist to help manage their surgical scars.
For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Breast Cancer Support Group
A licensed social worker and registered nurse lead a discussion-based peer support group for Overlook Medical Center patients in their first year of breast cancer treatment.
Second and fourth Monday of every month, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6210, or 908-522-5925.
 
Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery
Patients who will be having breast cancer surgery and their family members can learn how to prepare for their upcoming operation and hospital stay, as well as available support resources.
Overlook Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-6210, or 908-522-5925.
 

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients
For cancer patients only, this ancient system of bodywork and healing includes exercise, stretching and breathing to promote awareness and spirituality and calm the psyche. Yoga can lead to healing common physical ailments and improve energy, concentration and emotional well-being. Classes will last for 60 minutes.
Mondays, 10:00 to 11:00am
Overlook Medical Center
For more information, specific dates and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Post-Treatment Group
Patients who have completed cancer treatment meet monthly to discuss issues related to survivorship.
Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Overlook Medical Center
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-5349.

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