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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.”

Colon Health Awareness
March is Colon Health Awareness Month. Learn how to prevent colon cancer and save lives; body mass index and glucose screenings will be provided.
           
  • Friday, March 1; 10:30am to 12:30pm
    Livingston Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 5; 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Vita Gallo, 12 Chestnut St, Summit, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 5; 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Shoprite of Clark, 76 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ

     
  • Wednesday, March 6; Noon to 2:00pm
    Vita Gallo, 12 Chestnut Street, Summit, NJ

     
  • Thursday, March 7; 10:00am to Noon
    Westfield YMCA, 220 Clark Street, Westfield, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 12; 10:00am to Noon
    Gateway Union YMCA, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 12; 10:00am to Noon
    YMCA of Fanwood-Scotch Plains, 1340 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 19; 10:00am to Noon
    Maplewood City Hall, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ

     
  • Thursday, March 21; 10:00am to Noon
    New Providence Senior Center; 15 East 4th Street, New Providence, NJ

     
  • Tuesday, March 26; Noon to 2:00pm
    Shoprite Union, 2401D US Highway 22 West, Union, NJ
Yoga and Meditation
Gentle yoga exercises will be followed by guided mindfulness meditation.
Third Monday of the month; 10:00 to 11:30am
Overlook Medical Center, 5th Floor, Oncology Conference Room
For more information and to register, call 908-522-6168.


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.
 
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.
 
Oncology Massage
Massages may improve circulation, reduce stress and anxiety and relieve pain. To participate, you must be an Overlook Medical Center patient.
Overlook Medical Center
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-6168.
 
Ostomy Support Group
This professionally lead group is for ostomy patients and their families.
Second Tuesday of every other month, 2:00 to 3:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Medical Arts Center (MAC) II, Conference Room
11 Overlook Road, Summit, NJ
For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-5552.
 
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.
 
Bereavement Support Group
This group is for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration is required.
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-5255.

 
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