Breast Cancer

A simple question might be all it takes to save someone’s life. Atlantic Health System is once again encouraging everyone to ask the women they care about to schedule their annual screening mammogram. Or, if you’re a woman 40 and older, take the initiative and do it for yourself. New for this year is the ability to conveniently book an appointment online without a prescription from a provider. Early detection is the #1 tool in the fight against breast cancer, so schedule a mammogram now >




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. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”

Yoga and Meditation
Traditionally, Yoga was intended to prepare the body and mind for meditation. This class will begin with 45 minutes of Yoga, followed by 45 minutes of guided Mindfulness Meditation practices. Participants can join one or both sessions.
Fridays, 10:00 to 11:30am
Overlook Medical Center, 5th Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, call 908-522-6168.
 
Music Therapy
Listening to and creating music with a music therapist promotes relaxation, pain relief, increased energy and positive feelings. 
Wednesdays 10:30 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.
Mondays, 1:00 to 2:00pm
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 support group for breast cancer patients.
Fourth Thursday of every month for patients in first year of treatment
Second Thursday of every month for patients after first year of treatment
Overlook Medical Center, Fifth Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 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.
 
Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors
For cancer patients and survivors only, this ancient system of bodywork and healing includes exercise, stretching and breathing to promote awareness and spirituality and calm the psyche. A brief meditation period will end each session.
Mondays; 10:00 to 11:00am
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room, 5th Floor
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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New DNA Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 -- Could the DNA from a patient's breast tumor help doctors spot whether stray cancer cells are still in her blood?

That's what a small, new study suggests is possible. If the findings are replicated in a larger study, such a test might help determine whether a treatment is working or not. It also has the potential to reduce unnecessary additional treatments for breast cancer.

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