Cancer Support Groups & Services

A Holistic Approach to Cancer Care

At CVPH FitzPatrick Cancer Center, we take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to cancer care. Working collaboratively, our goal is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients.

Counseling, Educations & Referrals

An oncology social worker, is based at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center and provides counseling, information and referrals to hospital and community-based services and programs.

Alexander Fleming, LMSW
FitzPatrick Cancer Center
(518) 562-7534
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Support Groups

There are also a number of support groups available should you and your family choose to participate:

  • Grief Support - This group meets the first Monday of the month at 6 pm in the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.
  • The Big C: A Group for Men With Cancer - This group meets the second Monday of the month at 6 pm at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Patient and Family Support Group – This support group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 pm at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center.

Contact Alexander Fleming at (518) 562-7534 or for more information. Please call if attending the group for the first time.


There is no denying the role nutrition plays in fighting cancer. Registered dieticians from our Nutrition Services Department work with patients and their families to help meet specialized nutrition requirements and answer questions you may have diet and your therapy.  People undergoing cancer therapy often experience a change in appetite, metabolic alternations or side effects from their treatment. Our dieticians can offer advice regarding appropriate diets for specific disease states, specialized nutrition supplements or strategies to optimize your food intake.


Advancements in treatments mean that more people are living with and beyond cancer than ever before. That can present challenges for patients after completing their treatments, including:

  • Dealing with long-term and short-term side effects of treatment
  • Anxiety around scans
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Emotional distress
  • Survivor’s guilt

The FitzPatrick Cancer Center offers two programs offering resources to help you deal with these and other issues related to cancer and survivorship:

  • Moving Towards Wellness: Finding Your Best Path for Life After Cancer: The goal of this program is to provide information, resources and support to individuals whose focus is now on moving towards wellness after being treated for cancer.  The information provided will be about creating or enhancing healthy habits, dealing with long-term and short-term side effects of treatment, and coping techniques to deal with the emotional distress of cancer.  Topics will include but not limited to fatigue, chemo brain, anxiety around scans, fear of recurrence, exercise, nutrition, and stress management. The program consists of eight weekly sessions.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Do you ever feel like stress is taking over your life? Do you find it difficult to stay focused and present in the moment? If so, you’re not alone. MBSR is emerging as a leading program for stress reduction. By making mindfulness a part of your daily routine, you can cultivate greater self-awareness and develop the tools to manage stress more effectively. This is also an eight-week program and is free to the public.

Contact Alex Fleming (contact info above) for more information and to sign up for either program. Joanne Astill-Vaccaro, MD, a psychiatrist working with the Cancer Center, created a 15 minute presentation discussing survivorship, what you and your loved ones may experience during and after treatment, and some suggestions to help cope with the distress and anxiety you may be feeling. You can watch the presentation below: