The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Individuals affected by cancer are given an opportunity to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professionally led programs of emotional support, relaxation, exercise and education.
In 2014, Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) in Long Branch began providing CSC programs and services when their Monmouth County-based location in Eatontown was forced to close its doors. They carried on CSC’s mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer were empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community. Over the past several years the program has grown to offer programs not only to Monmouth county residents but to Ocean county residents as well. This growth promoted the opening of the Lakewood location, making MMC and MMCSC two of just seven hospital based CSC programs in the country.
“I am thrilled to be able to bring this service to anyone affected by cancer in Monmouth and Ocean counties,” said Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health and Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. “Whether it’s the patient, family member, friend or caregiver they can access these free programs regardless of where they’re being treated. It’s essential that no one face cancer alone and this program is helping us to ensure no one has to.”
Research has shown that social and emotional support is just as important as the medical care a patient receives.
“Our program is very important before, during and after treatment,” said Joan Hogan, Program Director, Cancer Support Community at MMC & MMCSC. “Many members continue to attend our program after treatment as they recover emotionally and transition to the next phase of their journey.”
At the MMCSC location, members can participate in support group meetings, yoga classes, nutrition workshops, exercise, and relaxation sessions. There are also many opportunities to socialize. The new Circle of Caring program addresses the unique needs of children who have a loved one with cancer.
“The children’s program in Lakewood offers a safe, compassionate and supportive environment for children whose loved one has a cancer diagnosis,” said Deb McGivney, Oncology Social Worker, Cancer Support Community at MMCSC. “With bi-weekly support groups and monthly special events, children are able to express their feelings while creating bonds with other children going through a similar experience.”
The Cancer Support Community at MMCSC is located at 199 Prospect Street in Lakewood and offers weekly programs and services to anyone affected by cancer. For more information or a copy of the monthly program calendar, call 732-923-6090 or email [email protected].