Cancer Program

Designed to supplement the medical treatment of cancer patients by giving them tools to cope with the stress of their illness, make informed choices about treatment, and maintain hope.

About this Program

Next Group: Ongoing Enrollment

 

Reduce Stress Associated with Cancer

 

 

The Mind Body Program for Cancer is designed to supplement your medical treatment by giving you tools to cope with the stress of cancer, make informed choices about treatment, and maintain hope.

Goals:

  • Learn self-care techniques that help you maximize your health (through relaxation, nutrition, yoga, and cognitive therapy)
  • Reduce stress and physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatment
  • Cope with and manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • More actively participate in your health care
  • Regain a sense of control, optimism, energy, and well-being

Components:

  • Elicitation of the relaxation response
  • Positive coping strategies
  • Nutrition information
  • Yoga

This ten-week program meets Monday afternoons for two hours. It is covered under most mental health insurance plans.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Ann Webster at awebster3@partners.org

Staff: Ann Webster, PhD

Download the Mind Body Program for Cancer factsheet

Conditions & Diseases

  • Bladder Cancer

    Bladder cancer occurs when there are abnormal, cancerous cells growing in the bladder.

  • Bone Cancers

    There are different types of bone cancers, which are typically defined as a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the bone that destroys normal bone tissue.

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the blood in which too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced by the bone marrow and by organs of the lymph system.

  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

    Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a cancer of the blood in which too many granulocytes, a type of white blood cell, are produced in the bone marrow.

  • Colorectal Cancer

    Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum.

  • Endometrial Cancer

    Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Endometrioid cancer is a specific type of endometrial cancer.

  • Esophageal Cancer

    Esophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach.

  • Hodgkin's Disease

    Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system.

  • Kidney Cancer

    Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys - two large, bean-shaped organs - one located to the left, and the other to the right of the backbone.

  • Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in other areas of the respiratory system, including the trachea, bronchioles, or alveoli.

  • Melanoma

    Melanoma is a disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color in the skin or pigment known as melanin.

  • Ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found in an ovary.

  • Ovarian Cancer and Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC)

    The risk for ovarian cancer is increased with hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), an autosomal dominant cancer genetic syndrome.

  • Prostate Cancer

    Early prostate cancer may not present any symptoms and can only be found with regular prostate examinations by your physician.

  • Stomach Cancer

    Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that starts in any part of the stomach.

  • Testicular Cancer

    Cancer that develops in a testicle is called testicular cancer.

  • Vaginal Cancer

    Cancer of the vagina, a rare kind of cancer in women, is a disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissues of the vagina.

News

  • Creating hope and inspiring action - 6/5/2015, Mass General

    On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

  • Creating hope and inspiring action - 6/5/2015, Mass General

    On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

  • A beautiful thank you - 5/19/2015, Mass General

    2015 marks the fifth year that the national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani, Tim Quinn, has come to the MGH during Nurses Week to provide a day of makeovers for the Cancer Center nursing staff.

  • 'Flashes of Hope' Captures Smiles on Camera - 11/25/2013, Mass General

    As part of a Flashes of Hope photo shoot, patients and families from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic had a unique opportunity to capture special memories in professional black and white photography. The volunteer-driven organization, based in Cleveland, takes professional portraits of children with cancer or life-limiting illness as a way to honor their lives and raise funds to support cancer research.

  • Crushing Cancer - 8/6/2012, Mass General

    After their 8-year-old son had a successful brain tumor surgery in their home state of Washington, Joe and Leigh McGraw chose to take Tommy to MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center for targeted treatment. The McGraw's share the story of their experience at MGHfC in the letter and video below.

  • Cancer Center celebrates the one hundred - 6/10/2011, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 6.10.11 One individual can make an incredible difference for a patient with cancer.

  • Lunder Building 9 and 10 medical oncology floors - 3/18/2011, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 3.18.11

  • Hall of Fame visit to MGH Cancer Center - 12/17/2010, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 12.17.10 He's considered one of the best linemen ever to play professional football, and on Dec. 2, former New England Patriots player and National Football League Hall of Fame member John Hannah helped brighten the day of patients and employees at the MGH Cancer Center when he stopped by for a visit.

  • Handmade pillowcases bring holiday cheer - 12/17/2010, Mass General

    MGH Hotline 12.17.10 While having visions of sugarplum fairies, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients will be resting their heads on colorful handmade pillowcases they helped sew on Dec. 11 in the Ellison 18 Playroom with volunteers Marie Nader and Jane Cunniffe of ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles.

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