The volunteers of Woman to Woman share their own experiences and offer support and guidance to other women going through cancer therapy.
Woman to Woman
Woman to Woman is a program of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Social Work Services. We provide one-to-one emotional support and mentoring to women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer, their families and the partners who support them through this difficult time. We help empower women to advocate for themselves, providing hope through example, and offering ongoing emotional support.
The program was started in 2003 by Valerie Goldfein, an ovarian cancer survivor. As a patient she felt scared and alone and wanted to connect with someone who had survived the disease, knew first-hand what she was going through, and could provide her with hope. After she completed treatment and went into remission, Valerie worked with her Mount Sinai gynecologic oncologist, Peter Dottino, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, the Mount Sinai Department of Social Work, and The Auxiliary Board at Mount Sinai to launch Woman to Woman.
Woman to Woman is managed by a social worker who acts as program coordinator and matches one of the 16 survivor volunteers with demographically appropriate women undergoing treatment. Volunteer survivors have undergone extensive training and have each gone through their own unique journey with gynecologic cancer. These women know better than anyone else what someone newly diagnosed is facing and can provide the kind of support not found anywhere else. All women being treated at Mount Sinai are offered the opportunity for a referral to a Woman to Woman volunteer survivor at no cost who will see patients in the hospital, while they are getting chemotherapy, or through support by phone and email. To date, more than 1,100 women and their families have worked with a Woman to Woman volunteer.
Woman to Woman, which also includes a program that provides support to the partners of women in treatment for gynecologic cancer, has expanded to New York-Presbyterian with funding from Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), the largest private philanthropy in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research.
Rachel Justus, LCSW
Woman to Woman Program Coordinator
One Gustave Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
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