Ruttenberg Center Offers Array of Support and Wellness Programs

Mount Sinai’s Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center, part of The Tisch Cancer Institute, is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to cancer patients – including offering support and wellness programs throughout cancer treatment.

Patient feedback plays a critical role in developing new resources for our patients and their families. Some of our most popular and latest support and wellness offerings include:


Patient and caregivers can work with a professional artist during treatment at the Ruttenberg Center to create their own artwork

Pet Assisted Therapy

Patients (upon medical clearance) can receive visits from a certified pet therapy dog

Therapeutic Massage

A professional massage therapist is available to provide massages to oncology patients during treatment

Mindfulness Meditation, Guided Imagery and Relaxation

A relaxation and meditation practice group open to patients, as well as Ruttenberg Center volunteers and staff

Look Good Feel Better

For women only, provides cosmetic guidance to women undergoing cancer treatment

Post-Allogeneic BMT Support Group

For patients who received an allogeneic (donor) bone marrow transplant


For children ages 6-11 whose parent or caregiver has a diagnosis of cancer

Caring for the Caregiver

Support for caregivers of cancer patients

Post-treatment Networking and Support Group

A group for cancer survivors to discuss post-treatment concerns

Diagnosis-specific support groups

The Ruttenberg Center offers support groups for patients with:

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Colorectal, Liver and Pancreatic Cancer Support Group (Open to patients with any type GI Cancer)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Sickle Cell Disease

All programs are open to Ruttenberg Center patients and are offered free of charge.

For a complete list of programs for our oncology patients, including dates and times, please visit and click on “Calendar of Events” or contact Stephanie Eisenman Pelosi, LCSW, Program Coordinator of Social Work Services for the Ruttenberg Treatment Center at 212.824.8762 or

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