Treating the whole woman within the context of her life and her family situation, Mount Sinai’s interdisciplinary team cares for each woman with the treatment plan designed for her best quality of life and return to health. Through a range of personal support initiatives, we help empower women to advocate for themselves, providing hope through example, and offering ongoing emotional support.
Mount Sinai physicians, social workers and nurses provide care, comfort and resources to women who need it the most. Our outstanding patient support programs include:
We facilitate access to social services and internal support groups including a one-on-one support program for women facing gynecologic cancer, as well as their families through Woman to Woman.
Woman to Woman is a Mount Sinai program started in 2003 by Valerie Goldfein, an ovarian cancer survivor and a “Brave New Yorker” named person of the Year in 2016 in the New York Times. Based on her personal experience as a patient, Valerie felt scared and alone and wanted to connect with someone who had survived the disease. This program is still helping women under the oversight of social worker who matches survivors who are trained volunteers with women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer. All women being treated at Mount Sinai can request a referral for a Woman to Woman volunteer survivor at no cost.
For more information about Woman to Woman, please contact us at (212) 241-3793 or visit us online at Women's Gynecologic Cancer Support.
Woman to Woman includes a program for the partners of women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer. Partners of women in treatment for gynecologic cancer are often overlooked by health care workers, family, and friends. This may result in confusion, anxiety, and anger. One partner asked us, "What about me?" One-to-one social work support is also available to partners.
Each year an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and close to 4,000 die, with significant statistical differences between white and minority women. To help address this discrepancy, Mount Sinai launched two community outreach programs in East Harlem and Harlem in New York City that are culturally tailored to the Latino and African American communities.
In collaboration with the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, both programs provide women with information about prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, as well as access to cancer. For more information, please contact us at (212) 659-5525.