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Wellness & Support Programs

Our support programs are designed to help patients, their families and caregivers cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Integrative Therapies

The services below are provided by trained professionals from the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program. Activities are subject to date, location, and time change. To confirm a specific class, please call (617) 724-6737.

Services:

Acupuncture
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.

Art Therapy
Art therapy uses simple art activities to help people express themselves and develop a sense of well-being through the creative process. You do not have to be an artist to enjoy and take advantage of art’s powers to enhance wellness. Individual sessions take place in the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
Provided by Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist, mcarleton@partners.org

Massage Therapy
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 Sargent

• 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.

Music Therapy
Music therapy can help by reduce side effects like chemotherapy-related nausea and pain, stress, and anxiety. Music therapy can consist of learning/playing musical instruments, listening to music, creating customized playlists and writing songs and recording them to share with loved ones. No prior musical experience is necessary! Individual sessions take place in the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
Provided by Holly Chartrand, MT-BC, hchartrand@partners.org

Drop-in Sessions:

Art Therapy

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

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


YogaQigong
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 Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor

Tai Chi
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.

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