Neuro-Oncology Events

The Division of Neuro-Oncology is pleased to offer a variety of programs to help support our patients and families while they navigate the treatment journey. We recognize that your mental health is equally as important as your physical health You can find all upcoming support groups and workshops in the Neuro-Oncology Calendar. Please note that to join a support group, you must first complete the appropriate registration form.

For questions or more information, please contact Neuro-Oncology Social Worker Nicole Ross at nlr2143@cumc.columbia.edu.

Young Adult Brain Tumor Support Group

Description

  • This is a weekly group for young adults with brain tumors to connect with one another for emotional support. This is a positive space to express your thoughts and feelings related to living life with a brain tumor. Discussion topics include body image, infertility, anticipatory grief, dating and relationships, and scanxiety.

Eligibility

  • Who may join: Young adults ages 18-35 with a primary brain tumor who receive treatment at Columbia.
  • Registration required (register here). After completing the registration form, a social worker will be in touch with you to complete the registration process. You will then receive a Zoom link for the next upcoming session.
  • You must be physically located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania to attend.

Brain Tumor Caregiver Support Group

Description

  • This is a weekly group for caregivers of patients with brain tumors at Columbia. We meet for 10 weeks at a time in multiple cycles throughout the year. Caregivers are invited to share their honest thoughts and feelings about taking care of their loved ones. Guest speakers are invited to present on various topics related to what caregivers may experience, including burnout and anticipatory grief.

Eligibility

  • Who may join: Caregivers of brain tumor patients who receive treatment at Columbia.
  • This is a closed group that occurs in cycles. Registration required (register here). After completing the registration form, a social worker will be in touch with you to complete the registration process. You will then receive a Zoom link for the next upcoming session.
  • Must be physically located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania to attend.

Primary Brain Tumor Support Group

Description

  • This is a monthly group for anyone with a primary brain tumor. Patients are invited to share their honest thoughts and feelings related to living life with a brain tumor. Discussion topics have included child or grandchild rearing while on treatment, Medicare enrollment, managing treatment-related side effects such as “chemo brain,” and coping with one’s diagnosis.

Eligibility

  • Who may join: Anyone with a primary brain tumor (not brain metastases) who receives treatment at Columbia.
  • Registration required (register here). After completing the registration form, a social worker will be in touch with you to complete the registration process. You will then receive a Zoom link for the next upcoming session.
  • You must be physically located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania in order to attend.

Bereavement Group

Description

  • This is a monthly, online support group for those who have lost someone to brain cancer or a serious neurological disease. Your loved one must have received treatment at Columbia in order to join this group. Participants are welcome to join 3 months after the death of their loved one and are invited to attend 13 sessions thereafter.

Eligibility

  • Anyone who lost a loved one to brain cancer or another serious neurological disease. There is no age requirement.
  • Registration required (register here). After completing the registration form, a social worker will be in touch with you to complete the registration process. You will then receive a Zoom link for the next upcoming session.

Facilitators

Wellness Webinars

Description

  • Each month, a guest speaker will present a fascinating lecture related to a particular area of wellness in Neurology. Past topics have included nutrition, acupressure, Medicaid enrollment, Medicare enrollment, and Oncofertility. Slides and lecture recordings are available for those who are unable to attend a specific session.

Eligibility

Caregiver Orientation

Description

  • Affectionally called “Caregiver Bootcamp,” this is a monthly workshop for Neuro-Oncology caregivers to understand how to access important “concrete” services that your loved ones may need throughout the treatment journey. We will discuss important topics such as transportation, enrolling in Medicaid, advance care planning, as well as managing the emotional burden of caregiving.

Eligibility

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events.