Our support programs are designed to help patients, their families and caregivers cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups. On this page you will find details of each of our Integrative Therapy Programs.
Our support programs are designed to help patients, their families and caregivers cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
The services below are provided by trained professionals from the Katharine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program. Activities are subject to date, location, and time change. To confirm a specific class, please call (617) 724-6737.
Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy flow. It can help reduce stress and relieve symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment such as anxiety, nausea, dry mouth and fatigue. Acupressure involves applying gentle pressure to these same points with the hands. The acupuncturist will work with you and your care team to decide if acupuncture or acupressure could be beneficial for you.
Provided by our Licensed Acupuncturists: Stephanie Fischer, Regina Gibbons, M.Ac., Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Irene Martyniuk, Mary Tricolli, RN, and Lien Zayhowski
• Acupuncture Sessions (many outpatient clinical areas): Available for current patients receiving treatment. Speak to your nurse or call (617) 724-6737 for more information.
• Acupuncture Clinic (outpatient, fee-for-service): This is an outpatient, fee for service clinic. Call (617) 724-6737 to schedule a session.
• Group Acupuncture: Pre-approval is required by your radiation oncology care team. Once approved, see the reception desk in Lunder LL2, Lunder LL3 or the Proton Center to schedule a session.
Massage Therapy can help to relieve stress, increase relaxation, and lead to a feeling of greater well-being. It can alleviate some of the physical symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, and often relieves pain resulting from excess muscle tension. Speak with your nurse about whether massage therapy might be helpful for you.
Provided by our Licensed Massage Therapists: Michael Keamy, Michelle Boutin, Karen Ingwersen, RN, and Jason Sargeant
• Massage Therapy Sessions (many outpatient clinical areas): Speak to your nurse or a reception desk staff member for more information or to schedule a session.
• Massage Therapy Clinic (fee-for-service): One-hour, full body massage therapy. Pre-approval is required by your oncology care team. Call (617) 724-6737 for more information and to schedule a session.
Art Therapy: Open Art Studio
Participants will use art materials they choose to create artwork based on their interests and inspirations. Art materials provided; no experience necessary!
Led by: Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist
Art and Healing
Art therapy uses simple art activities to help people express themselves and can help reduce the stress of living with cancer. Our art therapist will help find the right creative outlet for you, which may include painting, manipulating clay, drawing, writing, assembling a collage or making jewelry. Art experience is not necessary!
Led by: Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist
Caring for Yourself
Massage helps reduce muscle tension and improve mental energy. Learn how to use self-care techniques to manage stress, anxiety and decrease muscle tension.
Led by: Michelle Boutin, Licensed Massage Therapist
Yoga can help lower tension and anxiety and enables patients to settle into a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. This easy form of exercise uses mild stretching and healthy breathing. Led by: Luba Zagachin, Yoga Instructor
Gentle Yoga for Patients with Breast Cancer
Gentle yoga reduces stress and fatigue in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. This easy form of exercise is designed for breast cancer patients and uses mild stretching and healthy breathing.
Led by: Luba Zagachin, Yoga Instructor
Learn About Acupuncture
Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy flow. Learn about acupuncture and how it can help reduce stress and relieve symptoms, and reduce side effects of cancer treatments.
Led by: Irene Martyniuk, Licensed Acupuncturist
Music Therapy: A Creative Path to Wellness
Music therapy can help reduce stress and side effects such chemotherapy-related nausea and pain. Music therapy is everything from learning/playing musical instruments, listening to music, creating customized playlists and writing songs and recording them to share with loved ones. No musical ability is necessary!
Led by: Adam Sankowski, Music Therapist
Qigong is a practice of bringing together your body, breath, and mind. It is a way of meditating through slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm state of mind.
Led by: Chunchi Zhu, Quigong Instructor
Tai Chi is an exercise of slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to help improve balance, strength, sleep and pain management.
Led by Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor
• Drop-in class: A free drop-in class for patients, families and friends.
• Radiation Therapy Patients: Available for current patients receiving radiation therapy. Pre-approval is required by your oncology care team. Speak to your nurse or call (617) 724-6737 for more information.
Contact the Cancer Center to schedule an appointment with one of our cancer specialists
Our approach to patient care unites cancer specialists across the hospital to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Read breast cancer patient Anne’s remarkable story of successful treatment from our multidisciplinary approach to care.