Support Groups for Patients and Caregivers

Stony Brook Medicine offers a wide range of support/educational/physical programs for our patients, family members, and staff. All programs are free but require registration. Cancer support groups include presentations by medical staff as well as a chance to interact with others facing a cancer diagnosis. Our educational and physical activities are designed with patients and their needs as the primary focus. Call (631) 444-4000 for information about any of our programs or contact our Cancer Community Outreach Coordinator at (631) 638-0004 for our cancer support groups.

ALS Support Group
Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: 179 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY
Call:  (631) 444-4623

Alzheimer Disease Caregivers Group
Education and support for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia
Meets: Every Thursday
Time: 1 pm
Place: Christ Church United Methodist, Port Jefferson Station
Call: (631) 632-3160

Amputee Support Group
Open to anyone who has undergone or is anticipating an amputation (family and caregivers are welcome). Meet others with similiar experiences and discuss life's daily challenges and situations.
Meets: Monthly on the second Tuesday of each month **NOTE - November's meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 (the third Tuesday in November)
Time: 6 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital, Lobby Conference Room
Call: (631) 444-7985

Bereavement Support Group
Open to all patients, family members and staff who have lost a loved one
Arranged individually with chaplain
Call: (631) 444-4000

Breastfeeding Support Group 
A weekly get-together of breastfeeding mothers and babies. Join in the sharing, or just listen, to other moms’ challenges and joys of breastfeeding. Get answers to your questions: how do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? What about pumping and getting back to work? Find out that you are not alone! Sessions are facilitated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) or Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBCs). Light refreshments are served. No registration necessary.
Meets: Every Monday
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Place: 6 Technology Drive, E. Setauket 
No registration necessary. For questions call Maureen at (631) 444-7650.
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Carol M. Baldwin-Breast Cancer Education/Support Group
Get together with other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to Learn more about managing this disease and share personal experiences. Education & support for breast cancer patients.
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Place: Holiday Inn Express - 3131 Nesconset Highway (Route 347), Stony Brook, NY
Call: Paulet at (631) 638-7783 or Mary at (631) 444-1354.

Chemotherapy Orientation
Everything you need to know about chemotherapy. Patients and one family member may attend.
Meets: Varies weekly
Time: Days/Evenings
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
Call: (631) 444-4000

Colorectal Cancer Survivorship and Support Group
For patients who are newly diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer, as well as those in treatment and those who have completed treatment.
Meets: 4th Monday of the month
Time: 6 pm
Place: Cancer Center 
Call: (631) 444-4000

Eastern Long Island Brain Aneurysm Support Group
This support group offers group discussions and educational lectures for survivors, family members and caregivers of patients recovering from subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm treatments and AVMs.
Meets: Monthly
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby Conference Room
Please contact Dawn Madigan for meeting dates at (631) 444-8121, or Dawn.Madigan@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Epilepsy Support Group
Come share your experiences, concerns and join in discussions about epilepsy. Co-led by a social worker from the Epilepsy Foundation, and Dr. Bhumika Balgobin, a neurology resident at Stony Brook Medicine, each session is largely participant directed. Light refreshments are served. Free. Open to all patients, family members and caregivers.
Meets: 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 6:15 pm
Place: Neurology Associates of Stony Brook, 179 Belle Mead Road, Suite 3, East Setauket
Call: (631) 444-4000 to register

GIFT for Kids (Giving Inspiration,Fighting Together)
Support, education, caring and sharing for children ages 6 to 17 whose parent/caregiver has been diagnosed with cancer.
Meets: 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 6 pm
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
Call: (631) 444-4000

Gynecologic Oncology Support Group
Support and education for patients with GYN cancer.
Meets: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Place: Cancer Center 
Call: (631) 444-3442

Head and Neck Support Group - SPOHNC NY/Stony Brook
Support for people with oral, head, and neck cancer, SPOHNC is a national organization with 90 chapters across the U.S. The organization offers support and information to patients diagnosed with a variety of cancers of the mouth, throat, head and neck. Family members and friends are welcome to attend meetings.
Please contact Dennis Staropoli at (631) 682-7103 for meeting dates and times.

Infants and Children's Memorial Garden
The purpose of the garden is to offer a place of peace and solace for grieving families and as a beautiful tribute to the lives of the children.
Website:https://www.stonybrookchildrens.org/specialties-services/supportive-services/childrens-memorial-garden
Call: (631) 444-9321

I'm Too Young For This
Peer support/gathering for young adults living with cancer
Meets: Varies
Time: Varies
Place: Outside venue/varies
Call: (631) 444-4000

Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group
Education and support for patients with blood cancers
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6-7 pm
Place: Cancer Center - Second Floor
Call: (631) 638-0922

Little Angel Fund
A support network for parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies.
Call: (631) 736-2512

Look Good, Feel Better
A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Offered in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.
Meets: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 6 pm
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
Call: (800) 227-2345

Lung Cancer Support Group
Education and support for patients with lung cancer.
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
Call: (631) 638-0039

March of Dimes NICU Family Support Group
Sponsored by the March of Dimes support group meetings include a parent enrichment hour and programs and activities for siblings.
Meets: Stony Brook University Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Call: (631) 444-9321

Mended Hearts
For patients with cardiovascular disease.
Meets: 3rd Sunday of the month, except during July and August
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: Stony Brook University Heart Institute's Conference Room
Call: (631) 444-8021

Parent/Family Support for Children with Cancer
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6-7 pm
Place: Cancer Center - Pediatric area
Call: (631) 638-0922

Pregnancy Education Classes
A one-hour class in a 3-part series including information on breastfeeding, labor and delivery, and post-partum/newborn care. No fee, registration is required. Includes a tour of labor and delivery area.
Meets: 1st three Wednesdays of the month at 7-9 pm; Also, 4th Saturday of the month at 9 am-1 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby, by the grand piano
Call: (631) 444-4000

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
Learn what you need to know about breastfeeding to help you and your baby get off to a good start and avoid common problems. Class is free and requires pre-registration. 
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital
Call: (631) 444-2201

Prostate Cancer Support Group
Education and support for patients with prostate cancer.
Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Place: 33 Research Way, E. Setauket
Call: (631) 444-4343

Smoking Cessation
Programs offered through the New York State Smokers Quitline.
Call: (866) 697-8487

Strength for Life
Exercise class for patients and staff.
Meets: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Place: Surg Onc Waiting Room
Call: (631) 444-4000 to register

Stroke Support Group
Receive encouragement, feedback and inspiration. Gain knowledge. Learn about helpful programs and resources. Open to all stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.
Meets: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Place: Stony Brook Neurology Clinic, 118 Belle Mead Road, Suite 5, East Setauket
Meets: Second Friday of the month
Time: 10:30 am to noon
Place: Hospital Lobby Conference Room, Stony Brook University Hospital, 101 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook (garage parking validation provided; valet parking not included)
Contact: (631) 638-2638

Thyroid Cancer Support Group
Support and education for patients with thyroid cancer.
Meets: 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Cancer Center 
Call: (631) 444-3442

Upper GI Cancer Support Group
Education and support for patients with upper GI cancers
Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Place: Cancer Center Conference Room
Call: (631) 638-7783

Yoga for Life
Meets: Mondays
Time: 6-7:15 pm
Place: Surg Onc Waiting Room
Call: (516) 381-0130 or email puerta99@optonline.net