Patient Advocacy

Our advocacy team wants to connect, empower, and
support you in any way possible.

Many women going through breast cancer and reconstruction can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the process. Learning about different options can be confusing, speaking to different doctors and surgeons can feel daunting, and navigating the journey can be complex.

Our goal is to provide an experience where women collaborate with their physicians to choose a treatment plan, understand what decision they need to make, and have access to resources that help make this journey easier.

If you need a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, or a fighter in your corner, we’re here for you. If you aren’t sure what kind of support you need, but you know you need help, please reach out to Janet, our Program Director anytime.

Contact Janet

Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Care Coordinator

Nicole Stamm is our dedicated Clinical Care Coordinator at the Friedman Center. She is here to provide you with personalized guidance, education, and support.

Nicole helps guide patients to Northwell Health’s clinical resources, including genetics, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiology, gynecology, and physical therapy. Nicole has a holistic nursing certification, so she knows that your emotional recovery is just as important as your physical healing. She can also connect you to important supplementary resources that complement your care, such as diet and nutrition, mastectomy bra fitting, and emotional support services, and holistic healing.

Contact Nicole

Support Opportunities

Breast Cancer and Reconstruction Support Groups

Interested in speaking with other women who have faced breast cancer and undergone breast reconstruction? Join our online support group, where patients meet to share stories and connect with one another. (Due to COVID-19 our in-person groups will meet online.) Visit the Events page for our schedule.

You can also connect with us virtually in our Facebook support group.

Patient Advocates

Get encouragement and advice whenever you need it. Let us match you with one of our patient advocates—all women who have gone through breast reconstruction themselves—and connect via phone, email, or video chat for some extra support. Your patient advocate can also help you find a breast cancer community in your local area.

For more information, please contact our Patient Advocacy team.

Other Events

Our events aim to educate, empower, and create a strong sense of community. From speakers to symposiums, we host events in person and online all year long. Note: During COVID-19 we are scheduling our events online.

Visit the Events page for a full calendar of activities.

Get Involved

Are you looking to “pay it forward” and help others? You are invited to join with our peer advocates to help patients on their breast reconstruction journey. If you have had breast reconstruction with one of our surgeons and feel called to support other women, please contact our Patient Advocacy team.

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