Our Support Programs

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Ruttenberg Services 

Oncology patients treated at the Ruttenberg Treatment Center have access to a range of treatments, including chemotherapy, biological therapy, and bone marrow transplant.  In addition, we can offer many of our patients the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials and thereby access the newest available therapies.

Medical Oncology

Patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies are seen for physician consultations and treatment at all stages of their disease from initial diagnosis through follow-up care.  Ruttenberg medical oncologists work hand-in-hand with Mount Sinai surgeons specializing in cancer surgery, radiation oncologists, and pain management specialists, providing our patients with the benefits of an in-house clinical team.

Solid Tumor Medical Oncology

Our solid tumor medical oncologists specialize in a range of solid tumors, including those of the prostate, colon, lung, head and neck, skin, and others. We offer consultations as well as chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments to patients with solid tumors.

Hematologic Malignancies

Our robust program in hematologic malignancies ensures that patients receive the most advanced, multidisciplinary care. We have a long history of excellence in the research and treatment of hematologic cancers, especially in the leukemias. Mount Sinai serves as the lead site for an international, multicenter study of myeloproliferative disorders, and we have experts in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and multiple myeloma. Our bone marrow transplant program is the second-largest in the New York City area.

Benign Hematology

Doctors at the Ruttenberg Treatment Center diagnose and treat patients with a range of blood disorders, including hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, bleeding and clotting disorders, white and red blood cell disorders, and platelet disorders. Our hematology physicians are nationally recognized experts in the field.

Specialized Programs

Our specialized programs include

  • Leukemias and blood cancers (myeloproliferative disorder [MPD], myelodysplastic syndrome [MDS], leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other hematologic malignancies)
  • Head and neck cancers (larynx, oral, parathyroid, salivary gland, sinus, nasal, skull-base, throat, thyroid, and tracheal cancers)
  • Gastrointestinal cancers (anal, colon, esophageal, liver, pancreatic, rectal, and stomach cancers)
  • Genitourinary cancers (adrenal, bladder, kidney, prostate, and testicular cancers)
  • Skin cancers
  • Lung cancers and Thoracic surgery
  • Gynecological malignancies (and complex benign conditions)
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Supportive Oncology

Please visit Cancer Areas of Care for detailed information on these programs.

Support Services

Professional oncology/hematology social workers support Ruttenberg patients and their loved ones in a wide range of ways. In addition to providing individual and family counseling, our social work staff can help you find practical assistance with daily living from sources both within Mount Sinai and in your community. This may include information on transportation, meal programs, and caregiver resources. Our staff often can give you educational materials developed by organizations that specialize in your disease. If you are in need of financial assistance relating to your cancer treatment, including assistance for prescription medications, your Ruttenberg social worker will guide you through the process of applying for such assistance.


We have a registered dietician who is available to discuss any nutritional concerns you may have, including an assessment of your current eating habits and advice on how to eat before, during, and after your cancer treatment.

Support Groups and Other Activities

Our Social Work Department offers many disease-specific support groups and recreational activities.  A monthly calendar of events is available in our Resource Room located on the 3rd floor of the Ruttenberg Center.

The support team at Ruttenberg can also provide referrals to palliative care for symptom management and support.

Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB): Provides emotional support for children (ages 6-11) who have a parent/caregiver with cancer. During the group meetings, conversation and art are used to help children identify and express complex feelings. A simultaneous parent support group is held for parents to cope with stressors of parenting during cancer.  

Look Good…Feel Better Program: Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this program is a supportive workshop that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help combat appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. This group is held monthly. Participation is limited to one-session.  

Caring for the Caregiver: Provides support to loved ones of cancer patients with connection, information and resources.

The Sickle Cell Disease Group: An educational and supportive group for persons affected by Sickle Cell Disease. The group is open to community members and focuses on different topics monthly, ranging from “Sickle Cell Disease and Family Planning” to “Chronic Illness in the Workplace.”

Lung Cancer Support Group:  An open support group aimed to provide emotional and educational support for people diagnosed with lung cancer.

Young Adult Support Group: An open support group for patients 18-39 living with a cancer diagnosis. The group is open to the community and provides an opportunity for young adults to receive peer support and discuss the unique experience and challenges associated with being a young adult with cancer.  

Creative Art Expression Group: Patients, family members, caregivers and friends can channel their feelings through art, receive support, and surround themselves in a calm and creative space. Supplies are provided, yet group members can feel free to bring personal projects or materials.  

Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC): Psycho-educational patient centered support group for people affected by Head and Neck Cancer. The group is open to the community, different members of the Mount Sinai HNC multidisciplinary team present on their role in the HNC treatment and answer questions.  

Woman to Woman: This program provides emotional support, information and self-advocacy training to women in treatment for gynecologic cancer, using a peer to peer model with survivor volunteers. The program’s patient fund provides women and their families with funds to help pay the out of pocket expenses connected with treatment for gynecologic cancer.

Post-Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group: Support and education program which meets monthly to address the quality of life needs for patients who have undergone an allogeneic bone marrow transplant (not autologous) and is co-led by a Social Worker and Nurse Practitioner.  Each meeting has a topic/theme and guest speakers from Mount Sinai and the community often join the group to present relevant information. Caregivers are also encouraged to attend.  

Cancer Support Program for Men: This program will work to match you with another male cancer patient who you can speak with individually in whatever format and with whatever frequency works for both of you.

Pet Therapy: Patients (upon medical clearance) can receive visits from a certified pet therapy dog

Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Imagery and Relaxation: A relaxation and meditation practice group open to patients, as well as Ruttenberg Center volunteers and staff

Therapeutic Massage: A professional massage therapist is available to provide massages to oncology patients during treatment

If you or a loved one are interested in joining one the supportive groups or programs listed above, please contact Stephanie Pelosi, LCSW at 212.824.8762 for additional information.

Contact Us

1470 Madison Avenue
(between 101st and 102nd Streets)
3rd and 4th floors
New York, NY 10029
Appointments and General Information: 212-241-6756

Calendar of Events

The Ruttenberg Treatment Center offers regular lectures, seminars and other events. View the calendar for more information.

Calendar of Events

The Dubin Breast Center and Breast Health Resource Program also offers breast cancer patients with support groups and events. View the calendar