Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey

Our Mission

To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

At Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey individuals affected by cancer are given an opportunity to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professionally-led program of support, education and hope.

Core Program Components

  • Support program
  • Education
  • Health Lifestyle
  • Social Connections
  • Resources and Referral

Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey is a local licensed affiliate of Cancer Support Community, an international non-profit organization that provides free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, CSCCNJ creates a supportive community in a home-like setting to help individuals live with, through and beyond cancer. We deliver a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, exercise,  nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family – so that no one faces cancer alone.  All of our services are FREE to anyone affected by cancer: the individual with cancer, their family and friends.


Our Story

The Wellness Community was founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica, California in 1982. As a result of experience with his wife’s breast cancer and through subsequent years of study on the psychological and social impact of cancer, Dr. Benjamin formulated the Patient Active Concept. This revolutionary idea would be recognized years later at Walt Disney World EPCOT Metropolitan Life exhibit as one of the most significant developments in the evolution of modern health care.

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community.  By helping to complete the cancer care plan, the Cancer Support Community continues to optimize patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, the Cancer Support Community provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online.

“Community” is perhaps the most important aspect of The Wellness Community model of care and is what differentiates this program from any other. All services are provided free of charge in a home-like, community setting. Today, across the country, thousands of people with cancer and their loved ones unite together through our programs. People come at diagnosis, during or at the end of treatment, at recurrence or several years out of treatment. They all come to learn they are not alone in their fight – whether for physical, emotional or spiritual recovery. Together, they regain a sense of control over their lives and ultimately discover that hope is a valuable tool irrespective of the stage of disease.



Open to Options

Designed for those newly diagnosed with cancer, O2O helps individuals to identify important questions about treatment options based upon personal needs before the first visit with an oncologist.  In person or phone sessions can be arranged by calling our trained counselors. 

Additionally, CSCCNJ will be hosting Open to Options Plus, a training program for research staff and investigators. This program was developed by Cancer Support Community and the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials (ENACCT).
The training will be held on June 20, 2013, 12-4:30 pm at CSCCNJ, 3 Crossroads Drive, Bedminster, NJ. A light lunch will be provided.
Training topics will include:

  • Barriers to recruitment and retention among medically underserved populations
  • Impact of health literacy, language access and changing demographics within the clinical research setting.
  • Delivery of patient-centered care and communication in cancer clinical trials.

Continuing Education credits have been approved for nurses. CE credits for physicians and social workers are pending.
To register, please contact Ellen Levine, Program Director at or 908-658-5400 ext 2.


Support Group

Ongoing groups facilitated by licensed professionals explore ways to deal with the stresses of cancer. Find support and encouragement from others facing the same challenges. Some of these groups are…

  • Living with Cancer - Family & Friends Groups: For individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. This is not limited to one specific type of cancer diagnosis.
  • Kids Connect/Parents Connect - Designed for children ages 6-17 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Simultaneous groups are held for parents and children.
  • Focused Support Groups - These monthly groups allow participants to share common concerns and provide support. Groups are available for diagnoses such as advanced breast cancer, men’s cancers and multiple myeloma.
  • Bereavement Groups - For those who have recently lost a loved one to cancer.
  • Survivorship Programs:

    - Life After Cancer: Monthly group for those who have completed treatment.

    - Cancer Transitions: Survivorship series for adults with any type of cancer.

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