Nutrition Services

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Research shows that proper nutrition can help cancer patients with recovery, vitality and quality of life.  Cancer CAREpoint’s classes address information about the best nutrition during and after treatment, and provide recipes and information about how eating well can make a difference in your health.

Private nutrition consults are available with nutritionist Nancy Birang, BS, MT (ASCP), NC.

 

 

Wig Services

During Wig Bank appointments at Cancer CAREpoint, cancer patients learn how to select, put on and care for wigs and receive suggestions on how to use hats and scarves.  More importantly, clients receive understanding, emotional support and encouragement in dealing with one of the most traumatic side effects of cancer treatment. Adult family members and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend appointments.

 

Counseling & Support Groups

Counseling

The medical community acknowledges that psychosocial care is important and beneficial to cancer patients.  Cancer CAREpoint offers one-on-one, couples and family counseling sessions with a licensed and professionally trained social worker to provide cancer patients, family members and caregivers with the personalized support they need.  Clients can ask questions, learn coping skills, express emotions and obtain referrals to services and resources appropriate for their situation. 

Amy Goldsbury, MSW, Laura Crutchlow, LCSW, and Debbie Chinchiolo, MSW  are available to speak with patients, caregivers and families.

Counseling appointments can be scheduled by filling out the inquiry form. A Cancer CAREpoint staff member will be in touch as soon as possible to find a time that fits your needs.

 

Support Groups

Cancer CAREpoint provides a wide variety of support groups for both cancer patients and their caregivers. Support groups may focus on an individual cancer or different stages of cancer but all provide a warm, supportive environment to explore the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Support groups are offered both during the day and in the evening.

Breast Support Groups: Open for breast cancer patients/survivors at any point of the journey from diagnosis through survivorship.

General Support Group: This group is open to people diagnosed with all kinds of cancers. It is for those who are newly diagnosed, through long-term survivors.

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GI-Colo-Rectal Group: A group led by Sheila Brennan, RN to share experiences and information about the GI-Colo-Rectal cancer journey. Open to newly diagnosed through post treatment survivors.

Ovarian Support Group: Come and share experiences and insights about the ovarian cancer journey. Open to newly diagnosed through post treatment survivors.

Caregivers Group: An opportunity for adult loved ones (relatives or friends) of cancer patients to share their experiences in a supportive environment.

Living & Thriving with Grace: Join this support and education group for those dealing recurrence or metastatic disease.

 

Family CARE

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This program is designed to facilitate healthy communication within families when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Our hope is to ensure that every child whose parent is diagnosed with cancer is given the early tools and emotional support to cope. The program will build upon the child’s strengths and enhance his/her ability to cope with and communicate about their parents’ illness. 

The Family CARE program is dedicated to the emotional support of children who have parents with cancer.  Parents and children meet together for a meal at the onset of the 1.5 hour session.  Then, we split up the parents and children in separate groups by age (5-8, 9-12, teens), facilitated by Cancer CAREpoint social workers and staff. Parents have the opportunity to learn tools to communicate with their children in a supportive environment.  Children feel comfortable talking about cancer utilizing expressive art and play exercises. 

 

 

Mind & Body Health

Gentle Movement

Studies have found that cancer patients who engage in moderate exercise each week experience significant benefits, both physical and emotional.  Not only does their overall health improve, by taking positive action they feel more in control of their lives.  The Gentle Movement classes at Cancer CAREpoint provide an opportunity for cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels to engage in exercises they can handle.

An easy, gentle, fun class designed to move to music and increase flexibility using the Rosen Method. Bring a towel and pillow and wear comfortable clothes.

Yoga

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Yoga classes offered to Cancer CAREpoint clients are specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors to improve circulation of blood, increase energy and reduce chronic pain.  The classes are adaptable for all levels of health and physical mobility.  Yoga can help alleviate depression, anxiety and insomnia as well as boost mood and outlook. 

We offer a traditional, gentle, on-the-floor class which is designed especially for cancer patients and focused on achieving balance between body and mind.

Learn more about yoga and the help for cancer patients in spiritual and emotional ways here.

Qigong

This class will use stretching, active & passive movements and form work. Slow rhythmic movements to unify body, energy and mind.

Finding Balance Exercise Class

This class promotes strength and balance. 

Meditation & Guided Imagery

Meditation has been shown to be helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety and is beneficial to cancer patients and their caregivers. Cancer CAREpoint offers group meditation classes where participants can learn how to meditate as well as improve their existing meditation skills.

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Guided Imagery is a visualization technique for aiding patients and caregivers through the use of mental imagery. Because it can help reduce stress, anxiety and sleeplessness, patients use guided imagery to help them prepare for treatment, medical appointments and other cancer related procedures. It is offered both in individual and group sessions and facilitated by a trained psychologist.

Join Cynthia McDonald, a certified clinical & medical hypnotherapist, in a session to explore the power of the mind-body connection.

Consultations are provided by Cynthia Mc Donald, a certified clinical & medical hypnotherapist, on Tuesdays for customized, positive mental imagery to help with surgery, chemo or other concerns.

Learn more about the positive effects of psycho-spiritual integrative therapy and community support groups here.

Massage & Healing Touch

Massage

Massage can reduce anxiety, pain and nausea and stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin to lift mood and reduce stress and depression.  The private massage appointments at Cancer CAREpoint are provided by an experienced massage therapist who has special training in working with cancer patients. A massage is also available to family members of cancer patients.

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Available Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings for patients and caregivers by Judy Murray, CMT.

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is non-invasive energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Learn more about the use of healing touch for supporting cancer care here.

Health & Healing Speaker Series

Several times a year, Cancer CAREpoint invites local health professionals to share information and answer questions on a subject of interest to the community. Topics include a range of issues relevant to cancer patients and their families such as Clinical Trials, Caregiving, Body Image and Intimacy, Holistic Care and many more.

Survivorship Program

After completing treatment many patients return to a “new normal” which includes dealing with the impact of their cancer diagnosis. Cancer CAREpoint developed an 8-week program which provides cancer patients the practical tools to explore how their cancer diagnosis has impacted them and the best way to move forward.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Program is free of charge.  Please contact Cancer CAREpoint for information about upcoming survivorship program dates via email at info@cancercarepoint.org or phone at 408.402.6611.