Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center Programs

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in our schedule of Support Services presented at the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center. We are excited about the comprehensive programs being offered for the Fall and Spring Sessions. These offerings incorporate alternative and integrative modalities that will allow you to be kind to yourself and focus on all aspects of your health and wellness, especially your inner self – both mind and spirit. It is important to recognize that complementary modalities that work in concert with traditional medical treatment are essential to the overall well-being of patients. In particular they help to enhance traditional medical treatment and recognize the necessity of treating the whole person – body, mind, and spirit, rather than merely the disease itself.

All programs are provided free of charge to survivors of any type of cancer


Zumba Gold Classes

Monday evenings at 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm by appointment only. This program improves balance, flexibility and cardiovascular strength. Zumba Gold is a beginner’s level of aerobic dance and exercise. Enjoy rhythms such as Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Belly Dance and Cha Cha!

Yoga Classes

Tuesday evenings at 5 pm and 6:30 pm by appointment only. Reduces stress, fatigue, insomnia, eases pain and increases feeling of well-being. All classes incorporate music and imagery to create an environment of relaxation. The course will utilize gentle moving and breathing techniques, allowing participants to achieve a sense of control over their bodies.


Various times. Call for appointment. Reiki is a holistic healing therapy whereby practitioners channel energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize individuals. Reiki focuses on wholeness and stimulates one’s total natural healing process ~ physically, mentally and spiritually, thereby creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Reiki reduces stress, fosters deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages and detoxifies the system. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Call for appointment. Lymphatic drainage therapy is applied to facilitate the removal of stagnant toxins, reduce swelling associated with lymphedema and achieve drainage of areas affected by surgery. This program is designed for those interested in learning to achieve lymphatic system maintenance and self-drainage. Clients will be eligible for one-hour sessions on a rotating basis. This program is designed to meet the needs of clients with mild lymphedema, clients who are experiencing a flare-up or suspect the onset of lymphedema, and clients who are interested in practicing preventive maintenance. This program is not for individuals whose lymphedema is advanced.


1st Wednesday of each month. Call for appointment.  Reflexology is a gentle form of therapeutic treatment applied to the feet. The nerve endings in the feet are stimulated by specific massage techniques to affect changes in another part of the body. Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit and, therefore, promote good health.

Art Therapy

Please call if you would like to be part of this program. Healing Through Art. “Art Therapy helps put the pieces together.” Discover the therapeutic benefits of art making. Enhance your personal wellness through creative self-expression and group dialogue. Each session will have selected relaxation music and begin with a deep breathing session. Notebooks for journaling participant’s reaction to their artwork may be used at the end of the session.

Creative Writing

4th Wednesday of each month from 6 pm to 7 pm. Join us for another road to healing through the written word. Creative writing classes give survivors a “voice” once again. It allows one to get negative emotions out, write them down and distance themselves enough to examine how they really feel and gain perspective on issues.

Monthly Support Group for Cancer Patients and Survivors

4th Wednesday of each month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  Support groups are essential to the emotional foundation of cancer survivors. Both patients and survivors are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts, feelings and concerns with others. In conjunction with the support group, the center offers a free chair massage.

Individual/Family One-on-One Psychotherapy

Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Call for appointment. A Licensed Master Social Worker will work with clients toward resolution of feelings of anxiety due to their cancer journey. Cancer patients are living much longer lives than in the past and therefore must deal with issues concerning their survivorship. Psychotherapy sessions may include family members/caregivers if so desired. Counseling will consist of 50-minute sessions once per week for a length of time determined by the social worker.