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The Cancer Communication Department at The Brooklyn Hospital Center offers a variety of support programs to the community of Brooklyn.
I Can Cope is an educational program to empower patients and individuals facing a diagnosis of cancer. They are offered up-to-date information about their diagnosis as well as possible cancer treatments. The program runs about every three months for an eight-week session
The Coping Club has been functioning for about ten years, and includes about thirty active members. They meet once a month as a support group.
The Man-to-Man Program is a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Meeting once a month, the group has been growing, and currently more than forty men participate.
The Look Good, Feel Better Program is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. This program is offered every two months.
The Outreach Program sponsored by a Susan G. Grant screened about 1,300 women for breast cancer and cervical cancer this past year, and more than 8,000 women were educated about cancer issues. Our outreach worker, Lucy Perez, has made a big impact in the quality of life to the women in our community.
The Cancer Registry records all cancer diagnoses and treatments in order to maintain a fully comprehensive cancer program.
Redes En Acción, sponsored by NCI ( National Cancer Institute), has been involved with community activities for over five years and partners with The Cancer Information Service in the provision of education for cancer awareness. Health fairs, community education meetings and screening programs have been provided in conjunction with the Brooklyn Breast Health Partnership. Nereida Borrero, RN, MSN, GNP directly supervises Network staff activities of Redes En Acción.