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November 14, 2022

In this forum you will hear from three exceptional leaders within the Spiritual and professional community as we explore ways to draw strength during one’s journey with breast cancer.

Reverend Petra Thombs
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, Garden City

Fr. Gregory Rannazzisi
Priest, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Pastor, St. Gerard Majella Parish in Port Jefferson Station
Pastor, Infant Jesus Parish in Port Jefferson

Dana Ribeiro Miller M.Div., MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Palliative Social Worker Clinical Instructor of Medicine
NYU Long Island School of Medicine


The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program hosted its annual Celebration of Survivorship on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at Adelphi University.

Four breast cancer survivors shared their inspirational stories.

SANDRA ALLEYNE – Diagnosed in 2011

BRIDGET DESIMONE – Diagnosed in 2018

VILDA ALBERTO PONCE – Diagnosed in 2021

JANET SPOOL – Diagnosed in 2016


August 2, 2022

Snack and Chat: An intimate chat on the caregiver journey moderated by the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program’s Volunteer and Hotline Coordinator, Nina Foley, LMSW. Our program’s Bilingual Social Worker, Adriana Valencia, LMSW and Volunteer, Gerry Lennon, discussed their roles of being a social worker supporting caregivers and a caregiver to loved ones.


May 18, 2022

We are excited to share “Preparing for Breast Reconstruction Surgery” funded by a grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation. This video features George D. Xipoleas, MD, FACS at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC and Angela Papalia, LMSW, Assistant Director for the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program. Reconstruction is a personal decision and is available for anyone following breast cancer surgery.


May 12, 2022

Angelica Medina, Outreach Program Supervisor for Sisters United In Health provided a program in collaboration with the Nassau County Office for Health Equity and the Nassau Cancer Services Program called “Returning to Cancer Screenings”. This program discussed the basics of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

LIVING YOUR BEST SELF: An Intimate Discussion about Breast Reconstruction and Emotional Healing for
Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors

March 16, 2022

Janet Gerlach
Program Director, The Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell Health

Neil Tanna, MD
Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery
Vice President, Women’s Surgical Services
Glen Cove Hospital, Northwell Health
Professor of Surgery, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 

Angela Papalia, LMSW
Assistant Director, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program

Two of Dr. Tanna’s patients will speak about their personal experiences with reconstructive breast surgery.

BREAST-RELIEF: A Systematic Approach to Post-Mastectomy Pain
This forum will discusses ways to address chronic pain following a mastectomy.

November 15, 2021

Jonathan Bank, MD, FACS, NYBRA Plastic Surgery
David Rosenblum, MD , AABP Integrative Pain Management
Diana Tjaden, PT, DPT, IVY Rehab Physical Therapy (Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery)

BREAST CANCER IN THE 911 COMMUNITY WEBINAR – hosted by Barasch & McGarry

We are honored to have been part of this webinar hosted by Barasch & McGarry Law Firm. 68 cancers and many respiratory illnesses have been linked to 9/11 toxins. Nina Foley, LMSW, Volunteer and Hotline Coordinator for the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program spoke about the services our program provides to the community.


The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program hosted its annual Celebration of Survivorship on
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, on Zoom.

Three breast cancer survivors shared their inspirational stories.

ARLETTE HAGANS – 4-year breast cancer survivor
LUISA JEFFERSON – 7-year breast cancer survivor
JULIE BICKAR NAPPI – 3-year breast cancer survivor and volunteer


The “Surviving Cancer: Empower yourself with Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle” forum provides important information to empower patients to take hold of their health. Topics that are discussed include health screenings, prevention, vaccines, and more. 

October 1, 2021

Dr. Heather Zinkin
Radiation Oncologist,Northwell Health


We are excited to share a video regarding breast reconstruction funded by a grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation. This video features Advisory Board Member, Dr. Ron Israeli of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC and Lois Goetz, LMSW, our Bilingual Social Worker. Elective surgeries are now possible in Nassau and Suffolk counties so it’s important that patients know their rights and treatment options. Reconstruction is a personal decision and is available for anyone following breast cancer surgery. 

June 1, 2020
Dr. Ron Israeli
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC

Lois Goetz, LMSW
Bilingual Social Worker, Adelphi Breast Cancer Program


An invigorating chat with three experts who discuss ways to nurture our spirits using nutrition, reiki and healthy recipes. Our seasoned Nutritionist, Reiki Master and Professional Chef explored how we can care for ourselves using these different modalities.

Tina Conroy, E-RYT, RMT
Director of Energy Healing and Reiki Master, Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine Northwell Health

Laura Glenz, RD, CSO, CDN
Registered Dietician Monter Cancer Center, Northwell Health

Marisol Peralta
Pastry Chef, Baking Life Sweeter

Click here to download recipes


Our fantastic volunteer Anne Hogan was interviewed on Spectrum TV. This interview was aired on Saturday, October 31st. The reporter for Anne’s interview is Justine Re.


The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program marked its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, October 27, on Zoom, at our annual Celebration of Survivorship.

Three breast cancer survivors shared their inspirational stories.

Kimberly Callahan – 8-year survivor
Deborah Holley – 6-year survivor
Kathleen Marie Kaspar – 4-year survivor

Click here to download a PDF of our special 40th anniversary photo presentation.

Click here to download a PDF of our commemorative journal.


Thank you Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC) for continuing to support the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program. We are Manhasset #PinkStrong.

Online Forum in Spanish

PANELISTS: Nassau and Suffolk Cancer Services Program, Stony Brook Medicine Mobile Mammography,
and the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program 

Are you tempted to skip this years’ mammogram due to the COVID pandemic? You are not alone, COVID-19 has caused mammography rates to plummet. Mammograms are not exactly something every woman looks forward to, but we can not ignore their significance and the possible consequences of not getting screened.  Join us for a panel discussion about the steps and safety precautions that screening facilities are taking to protect your health; get answers to your questions about what to expect when you go for your appointment; and ways to overcome feelings of stress and anxiety that may arise as a result of screening during the pandemic.


We offered wellness sessions for people to join us at home. At the end of a day where many are working from home, caring for children, or both, we invite you to sit back, stretch, center, and participate in self-care. Be sure to share this with your family and friends.

Session 2: August 19, 2020
Exercise for Bone Density with Dorothy Evans

Session 3: August 26, 2020
Self-Care and Setting Positive Mantras with Jennifer Velasquez

Session 4: September 2, 2020
Meditation, Deep Breathing and Sound Bath with Veronica Beltran


LI2Day 2004 – 2020…

…was a walk fundraiser that raised grant funds for grassroots community-based breast cancer organizations on Long Island. Over the years, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program team raised $465,200.

Thank you to our team, supporters, and to the organizers of LI2Day Walk.

Monday, June 22, 2020

As medical offices are reopening, breast cancer patients have many concerns regarding their safety in entering the establishment. Barry K. Douglas, MD, FACS of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, discussed what doctors are doing to keep patients safe and what questions to ask:

  • What safety precautions are being taken with waiting rooms, office visits, and surgeries?
  • Are there options for telehealth consultations for new and existing patients?
  • What surgeries for breast reconstruction are currently taking place?

Download and view Dr. Douglas’ presentation from the evening.

Please click here to fill out our evaluation form after viewing the forum.


Offering wellness sessions for people to join us at home. At the end of a day where many are working from home, caring for children, or both, we invite you to sit back, stretch, cook and participate in self-care. Be sure to share this with your family and friends; the sessions are appropriate for all ages. 

Session 1: March 31, 2020
Meditation with Jacob Cooper

Please click here to fill out an evaluation form from this session.

Session 2: April 7, 2020
Mat Pilates with Julianne Hull

Please click here to fill out an evaluation form from this session.

Session 3: April 14, 2020
Nutritious Pantry Cooking at Home with Kristen Link

Please click here to fill out an evaluation form from this session.

Session 4: April 21, 2020
Gentle movement/Chair Pilates with Naomi Aaronson    

Please click here to fill out an evaluation form from this session.

Session 5: April 28, 2020
Self Care with Erin Nau, LCSW Counseling and Education Coordinator 

Please click here to fill out an evaluation form from this session.

Sleep Disturbances Related to Breast Cancer – WEBINAR (March, 17, 2020)
Sleep disturbance is common in patients diagnosed with breast cancer and can persist throughout treatment. Douglas K. Marks, MD will discuss our current understanding of breast cancer-related sleep disturbance as well as discuss the evidence for different approaches to clinical management.

In honor of cancer prevention month, we will bring you a series of weekly videos throughout the month of February. These videos will highlight some of the key factors you need to make a part of your life to regain your health, stay healthy and feel your very best.

Video #1: Overview of Cancer Prevention Month
February 4, 2020

Video #2: Long Terms Effects of Smoking and Alcohol Consumption
February 11, 2020

Video #3: The benefits of nutrition and exercise
February 18, 2020

Video #4: Environmental Factors – Cancer
February 27, 2020


Life After Breast Cancer: Managing Side Effects
December 10, 2019


Dr. Susan Maltser
Physical/Rehabilitation Medicine at Northwell Health

Dr. Kit Cheng 
Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine at Northwell Health

Celebration of Survivorship 2019
October 3, 2019


Margo Bores (30 year survivor) 
Breast Health Educator

Barbara Ehrenpreis, LCSW (28 year survivor) 
Northwell Health Hospice Care Network

Estefany Carolina Garay (5.5 year survivor)
Director, Yes We Can Community Center

Cindy Kaye-Fink (25 year survivor)
Volunteer, Former Support Group Member

Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Cancer Patients
May 28, 2019

Dr. Diana Martins-Welch, a board-certified Palliative medicine physician and medical cannabis clinician discussed the potential medical benefits of cannabis and the basis for how cannabis works in the human body via the endocannabinoid system. Dr. Diana Martins-Welch is an expert on the NY Medical Cannabis program. She discussed how one qualifies for the program and can get registered.

Download and view Dr. Diana Martins-Welch’s presentation from the evening.

Press Conference 2019
April 26, 2019

Senator Kevin Thomas and Senator Todd Kaminsky held a press conference at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program. They announced the awarding of $383,000 from the LI Senate delegation to The Adelphi Breast Cancer Program.

Meditation, Mindfulness and Gong Meditation
March 14, 2019


Jacob Cooper
Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master

Marc Switko
NYS Licensed Psychotherapist and Counselor

Discussion: The importance of tailoring breast cancer screening for each individual.
February 26, 2019


Conellia Ha, MD 
Director of Radiology and Women’s Imaging
CHSLI, Mercy Medical Center

Jeannie Colamussi, RN, CN-BN
Patient Navigator
CHSLI, Mercy Medical Center

Download and view Dr. Conellia Ha’s presentation from the evening

Breast Reconstruction – Know Your Options
November 27, 2018


Dr. Noël B. Natoli, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon specializing in Breast Reconstruction,
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC

Anne Hogan Reconstruction Patient of Dr. Natoli, Volunteer with the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

Dr. Ron Israeli, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon specializing in Breast Reconstruction,
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC

Lucienne Colombo Reconstruction Patient of Dr. Israeli

Mollie Sugarman Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program,
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC

Dr. Noël B. Natoli, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC

Download and view Dr. Noël B. Natoli’s presentation from the evening

Dr. Ron Israeli, MD, FACS
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC

Download and view Dr. Ron Israeli’s presentation from the evening

Download and view the video Reconstructed Interviews

Download and view the Husband Video

View the video Guided Imagery (This is a tool to help women cope while undergoing mastectomy and breast reconstruction) 

View the SOS video (SOS, or the Sisterhood of Support Group, is a group for breast cancer survivors at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC)

Watch the video RESTORED. Dr. Israeli creates life cast sculptures of some of his mastectomy and breast reconstruction patients. These sculptures are done to heighten awareness about, and provide a tangible understanding of, what it means to undergo mastectomy and reconstruction. Dr. Israeli hopes that these completed life cast sculptures will also offer a sense of hope and inspiration to women coping with breast cancer everywhere.


Celebration of Survivorship 2018
October 18, 2018

Award Presentation Honoring
Kat’s Ribbon of Hope


Susan Leach 
Support Group Member

Geralyn Lucas 

Sonia Avery-Willams, RN
Former Support Group Member

Jeffrey Flynn
Volunteer, Former Support Group Member


Genetics and Breast Cancer
May 22, 2018


Sharona Cohen, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counselor, Director, Cancer Genetic Program at Northwell Health

Download and view the Genetics and Breast Cancer Powerpoint Presentation from the evening.

Environmental Impact on Breast Cancer
April 16, 2018


Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
School of Public Health & Health Sciences

Laura Weinberg, President, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Karen Miller, President, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition


Download and view the Environmental Impact on Breast Cancer Powerpoint Presentation from the evening.

Exercise Strategies for Cancer Survivors

March 20, 2018


Debbie Hughes, Co-founder, Strength for Life

Sexuality and Breast Cancer

November 16, 2017


Jill Maura Rabin, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine,
Co-Chief, Division of Ambulatory Care & Women’s Health Programs-PCAP Services, Northwell Health

Chris Karampahtsis, MD., MPH Department of Behavioral Health at NYU Winthrop Hospital

Lori LeGrand, LCSW, Department of Behavioral Health at NYU Winthrop Hospital

Carole Filangieri, PhD, Department of Behavioral Health at NYU Winthrop Hospital

Download and view the Sexuality and Breast Cancer Powerpoint Presentation from the evening.

Managing Your Lymphedema

November 6, 2017


Thomas Davenport MD, FACS, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
Michele Hughes OTR/L, Pink Lotus Therapy
Diana Tjaden PT, DPT, Founder and Director of Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program
Diane Raspanti LANA, CLT, LMT, Westbury Total Health Care

Please be patient in the beginning when the video is displaying incorrectly.
We fix the problem within the first few minutes.

Download and view the Lymphedema Powerpoint Presentation from the evening.

Celebration of Survivorship

October 17, 2017


Christina Demosthenous, Michele Pincus, Esq., and the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program Social Work Staff

The Power of Support Groups for Breast Cancer Patients

September 13, 2017


Social workers who run the support group for breast cancer survivors and past members of support groups from the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline Program will discuss their experiences and ongoing research.

Click here to view the powerpoint presentation from the evening.

Fertility and Breast Cancer

July 10, 2017


Dr. Avner Hershlag, MD, FACOG

Using Mindfulness and Meditation to Cope with Breast Cancer

May 22, 2017


Jacob Cooper, CH, LMSW, RMT

Feel Better and Have More Energy

May 1, 2017


Hillary Sachs, MS, RD, CSO, CDN

Click to view the presentation from the evening

How To Interpret Your Medical Results

December 13, 2016


Mitchell A. Adler, MD, JD, MPH, FACP
Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Northwell Health Physician Partners

Celebration of Survivorship 2016

October 25, 2016


Dr. Donna Bacon
Professor, Chairperson of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Nassau Community College

Bonnie Oringer, JD.
Certified Exercise Specialist, Health Coach & Personal Trainer
Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center

Dorothy Vance Forte
VP Outreach; Director
Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer

Bonnie Hirschhorn
Outreach Volunteer
Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

Hillary Rutter, LCSW

Executive Director, Adelphi Breast Cancer Program
Celebrating 20 years of leadership in the breast cancer community

I Don’t Want To Be A Guinea Pig: Understanding Clinical Trials

May 24, 2016

This panel discussion will shed light on the clinical trials process. Northwell Health Cancer Institute experts will debunk myths and perceptions about clinical trials.


George Raptis, MD, MBA
Acting Executive Director,
Northwell Health Cancer Institute

Jan Stieb, RN
Administrative Director, Clinical Research,
Northwell Health Cancer Institute

Josephine C. Peterson, MPH

Current Clinical Trials Patient

Nutrition Forum

May 1, 2016

This free forum focused on the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Nutrition Defense Against Cancer. There was also a healthy recipe demonstration.


Diane Dembicki, Ph.D., LMT, CYT
Clinical Associate Professor

Kaitlin Morris, M.S.
Nutrition Graduate Student

Helene Konsker, M.S., RD, CDN
Nutrition Director

Executive Chef William Wright

Celebration of Survivorship 2015

October 13, 2015


Frances M. Visco, J.D.
Founder and President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition

Karen Joy Miller
Founder and President of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Gwendolyn Harrison
Retired elementary school teacher and breast cancer community volunteer.

Myra Taylor
Volunteer with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

Erica Desrosiers, Ph.D.
Daughter of Volunteer Myra Taylor

Long Island Ducks Breast Cancer Awareness Game

September 1, 2015

Colin, grandson of volunteer Marcia Partridge, was asked to throw out the first pitch at this years LI Ducks game on September 1, 2015.

Stress Reduction Forum

March 26, 2015

Lauren Fisch, M.S., LMT,  Wellness Services for Stress Relief (Rocking the Road for a Cure)
Jonathan M. Jackson, Ph.D. ,
Director at the Center for Psychological Services for Adelphi University

Nutrition Seminar

March 23, 2015

Hillary Sachs, M.S., RD, CDN,  is a dietitian at the Monter Cancer Center and NSLIJ Department of Radiation Medicine. She provided a nutrition seminar to our volunteers. She uses evidence based information to help patients minimize treatment related side effects and to guide survivors towards health and wellness.

Celebration of Survivorship 2014

October 15, 2014


Tom Maligno, Esq. (2 year survivor):
Tom Maligno is the Executive Director of the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center and Director of Pro Bono and Public Service at Touro Law Center.

Katerina Dinas-Raptis (2 year survivor):

Founder of Kat’s Ribbon of Hope, Inc.

Legislator Siela A. Bynoe (10 year survivor):
Nassau County Legislator for the Second Legislative District

Narges Rothermel (36 year survivor):
Adelphi Breast Cancer Program Hotline Volunteer

» Watch the videos from this event

Creative Cups Preview Clips

July 6, 2014

Hillary Rutter and Dale Flashner appeared on the Today Show with Pat Battle to talk about our upcoming Creative Cups Fundraiser.

» Watch the video on nbcnews,com

Ask the Experts: Medical Update and Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

June 18, 2014


George Raptis, M.D., M.B.A.:
Dr. Raptis is the Associate Chief for Oncology at the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and is Vice President for the Oncology Network for the Health System.

Janna Andrews, M.D.:
Dr. Andrews is an attending physician at NSLIJ Cancer Institute.

Melissa L. Pilewskie, M.D.:
Dr. Pilewskie’s practice is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of breast diseases. She performs all aspects of breast cancer surgery, seeing patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center in Manhattan and their regional care facility in Commack.

» Watch the videos from this event

From Farm to Table: What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Nutrition

April 29, 2014


Hillary Sachs, M.S., RD, CDN:
Dietitian at the Monter Cancer Center and NSLIJ Department of Radiation Medicine.
Mitchell SuDock:
Chef/owner of Mitch & Toni’s American Bistro in Albertson, NY

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Breast Cancer: Genetic Counseling, Genetic Risk Factors and Current Research

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Tiffany A. Troso-Sandoval, M.D.
Board-certified medical oncologist with a special interest in women’s health and in cancers that affect women, including breast, ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancers.
Angela G. Arnold, M.S., CGC
provides guidance to people on their genetic predisposition to, and risk for, cancer.

» Watch the videos from this event

In a Fog: The Physical and Emotional Effects of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

 May 21, 2014


Nina D’Abreo, M.D.
Winthrop-University Hospital
Michael V. Genovese, M.D.
Winthrop-University Hospital

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