How Outreach Programs are Helping Cancer Survivors Stay Healthy

As one West Islip resident shares, staying healthy means taking care of yourself.

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago West Islip resident Teresa Doherty says she is confident that all her health needs are being met. 

In addition to physical needs she makes sure to address her mental well-being as well, and takes advantage of  a series of free services including exercise classes, art therapy, and massage available at the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center at 32 Park Avenue in Bay Shore.

Doherty has been attending classes since her diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 34. It has empowered her to fight her battle with cancer, she said, and she has learned to take time for herself in order to be able to heal.

“Attending classes at the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center has been an important part of my healing journey,” said Doherty. “It is very important to take care of your mind and spirit, especially when you need to care for your body during a cancer battle.”

The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation aligned with Breast Cancer Help, Inc. to provide outreach, education and programs for cancer survivors on Long Island. Programs are offered at the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center to provide non-medical support for those dealing with cancer.

Class Schedule

Mondays ― Zumba or Strength for Life

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Programs alternate after 6 weeks


Tuesdays ― Yoga

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

March thru July; September thru December


First Wednesday of Month ― Reflexology

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Second Wednesday ― Reiki

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fourth Wednesday ― Creative Writing

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Support Group

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Even Thursdays of Month ― Reiki

11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Creative Art

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Future plans will offer free health screenings including glucose, blood pressure and glaucoma. For more information about Good Samaritan’s cancer services or to attend a class, call (631) 376-4444.


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