Life after a head and neck cancer diagnosis is a difficult journey. There is a great struggle over loss of control in patients' lives. Cancer affects its victims on a variety of personal and physical levels. Patients with head and neck cancer are particularly susceptible to emotional and psychosocial problems because of their own perceived deformity. Depression is a natural reaction and interferes with health and vitality. Difficulty with verbal communication and impaired social interaction are the main problems.
Our support group for laryngectomees began in May 1997. We started with four patients and currently have a total of 115 patients enrolled in the group. The patients are multilingual and multicultural. Interpreters are available to attend the group's meetings as needed. Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of the month. Transportation is provided for those patients in need. Lunch is served at every meeting. Family participation and significant others are encouraged to attend meetings, since they play a very important role in the patients' lives.
A team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, and speech pathologists attend the support group. Educational topics are discussed and problem solving is immediately done. The goal is to help each patient return to a useful role in society.
Join the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meets at 11:00 AM every third Monday of the month. Meetings are held at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai at 310 East 14th Street, New York, NY.
Medical Director, Division of Head & Neck Surgery: Dr. Stimson Schantz(212) 979-4535
Nurse Coordinator: Henedia (Hennie) Sirilan, R.N., B.S.N. (212) 979-4421