Support Groups

A diagnosis of cancer can be stressful to you and your family.  Learning to gain a sense of control over your situation can be very helpful. Smilow Cancer Hospital has Licensed Clinical Social Workers who can help you to manage your feelings and concerns throughout your cancer care.  He or she will be able to listen, provide emotional support, teach coping strategies, and assist with problem solving  to help you and your family maintain the best quality of life. We also have social workers available at each of our Care Center locations to assist you throughout your treatment process.


Our social workers also facilitate many support groups, both at our main hospital  as well as at our Care Centers.  Support groups provide the opportunity to receive emotional and educational support and to meet with others who are undergoing similar treatment or who have successfully completed treatment. Information about the support groups is available from your social worker or the Family Resource Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. They will also assist in connecting you to any community resources that may be of value. 


Breast Cancer
Angela Khairallah, LCSW 203-200-6360
Sherri Storms, RN 203-200-2328


Brain Tumor
Angela Thomas, LCSW 203-688-7528
Anne Longo, RN 203-688-6008


Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers
Laura Donnelly, LCSW 203-200-2120


General Cancer Support
Liora Lew, LCSW (203) 200-6356


Gynecological Cancers 
Diane Viveiros, LCSW 203-200-6359


Head And Neck Cancers
Mary Strauss, LCSW 203-500-7434
Jessica Stein, LCSW 203-200-6358


Laryngectomy
Jessican Stein, LCSW 203-200-6358
David Zirlen, Speech-Language Pathologist


Lung Cancer
Halley Robinson, LCSW 203-200-2632


Melanoma
Laura Donnelly, LCSW 203-200-2120


Multiple Myeloma
Liora Lew, LCSW 203-200-6356


Neuroendocrine Tumor (NET)
Laura Donnelly, LCSW 203-200-2120 or 
Andrea Lucibello, LCSW 203-415-8940 


Pancreatic Cancer
Edward Schwartz, LCSW 203-200-2120 


Prostate Cancer
Mary Strauss, LCSW 203-500-7434
Jessica Stein, LCSW 203-200-6358


Thyroid Cancer Support
Katherine Hawthorne RN 203-737-2036
Colleen Jannitto RN 203-785-3446


Young Adult Cancer Support
(Ages 18-39)
Angela Khairallah, LCSW 203-200-6360
Lisa Barbarotta, APRN 203-200-3278


Caregiver’s Group 
For Loved Ones Of Patients 

Mary Strauss, LCSW 203-500-7434
Liora Lew, LCSW 203-200-6356


Care Center Support Groups
  • North Haven

Patient and Family Support- Denise Armstrong, LCSW: (203) 215-2135

  • Orange

Patient Support- Jennifer Cohen, LCSW: (203) 215-5208 and Karin Brinkman, RN (203) 795-1664

  • Torrington

Circle of Hope, for all cancer types- Mary Strauss, LCSW: (203) 200-3355

  • Shoreline-Guilford

Breast Cancer- Jessica Stein, LCSW: (203) 200-6358

  • St. Francis Hospital

Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer- 1st Tuesday of every month, 5-6:30PM. Call Susan Crawford, LCSW: (860) 714-4112

Metastatic Breast & Gynecological Cancers- 4th Tuesday of every month, 5-6:30PM. Call Susan Crawford, LCSW: (860) 714-4112 

Educational Sessions, and Support Groups for Patients and Caregivers meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5-6:30PM. Call (860) 714-4731 for more information. 



Our Meaning Centered Psychotherapy Group for Cancer Patients and Cancer Caregivers and general caregiver and patient support groups meets regularly throughout the year, along with our Bereavement Support Group. Call (203) 200-4160 and (203) 415-8940, respectively, for information.

Please call for information, scheduling and location.