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What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine helps people adopt evidence-based lifestyle behaviors (such as healthy eating habits, regular exercise, managing stress, forming and maintaining healthy relationships with others, sleep hygiene, and avoidance of risky substances) to improve and maintain health as well as prevent disease.

The Lifestyle Medicine Program at Mass General Cancer Center provides personalized consultations and group visits for any patient with cancer or a history of cancer who wants to improve their physical fitness, nutrition, quality of life or cancer prognosis.

The foundations of our program:

  • Exercise: Discuss ways to be active and resume exercise based on your current fitness level, personal goals, and cancer treatment
  • Nutrition: Individualized, evidence-based sustainable advice to help you make healthy eating choices that fit your lifestyle
  • Rehabilitation: Comprehensive evaluation to address any limitations and help you restore physical functioning and independence
  • Sleep Improvement: Improve sleep health by creating an achievable plan that incorporates behaviors such as bedtime routine and relaxation strategies
  • Stress Management: Develop strategies for reducing stress levels, integrating mindfulness into your life, and adopting other healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve your quality of life and mood
  • Positive Behavior Changes: Making healthy lifestyle changes is more than the sum of these parts. Finding ways to put these principles together into a workable action plan to build resilience is the goal

We understand that when making lifestyle changes it can be hard to know where to start! Our experts will evaluate your personal needs and work with you on defining the steps needed to help you achieve your goals. We look forward to meeting you.

Who is the program right for?

Any Mass General Cancer Center patient can benefit from this program.

Clinic

The Lifestyle Medicine Clinic offers personalized one-on-one consultations with our lifestyle medicine team. These visits are currently being held virtually and you will be booked for an appointment regardless of Mass General Cancer Center location, and as appointments are available.

During these virtual visits, you'll meet one-on-one with members of our multidisciplinary team of cancer care providers who are also experts in lifestyle medicine:

  • Oncology
    One-on-one medical consultation regarding medical history and personalized recommendations for physical activity and other lifestyle changes.
  • Nutrition
    Individualized nutritional advice for making better eating choices, which can decrease some of the toxicities associated with certain cancer treatments and help you feel better.
  • Behavioral Medicine
    Personal counseling session in which we will work in partnership to assess your personal behavioral needs and set realistic, achievable goals to make these new habits stick.

To make an appointment for the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, please email the team at mghccsupportivecare@partners.org.

Group Visits

The Lifestyle Medicine Group Visits Program is a virtual 6-week clinical program focused on helping people who have concluded treatment for cancer learn about how to use healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve their health, wellness, and recovery. In the group visits, you will have the opportunity to learn from our multidisciplinary team of cancer care providers who are also experts in lifestyle medicine and receive peer support.

Learn more about group visits, view FAQs, schedule and more.

PAVING the Path to Wellness for Breast Cancer Survivors

Based on the principles of lifestyle medicine, PAVING the Path to Wellness is a 12-week program which provides education on the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, stress management, and the power of personal connections for individuals of all ages with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Learn about the PAVING the Path to Wellness program.

 


Patient Resources

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Our team of Registered Dietitians provides evidenced based & expert nutrition counseling.

Exercise Videos

Exercise Videos

Our exercises videos can be used as single workouts or as part of a fitness plan.

PAVING the Path to Wellness

PAVING the Path to Wellness

This program enhances body, mind & spirit both after and during breast cancer treatment.

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Learn about Mass General's Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Mass General Physical Therapy

Mass General Physical Therapy

Learn about the Mass General Physical Therapy department.

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

This program helps patients regain physical abilities and maintain independence.

Workshops & Support Groups

Workshops & Support Groups

Find details of each of our workshops and support groups.

Wellness Calendar

Wellness Calendar

See our Wellness and Support Program calendar.


Exercise Videos

The Lifestyle Medicine Program at Mass General Cancer Center recommends an exercise program for cancer patients and survivors, based on baseline fitness, personal goals, and cancer therapy to minimize side effects, prevent loss of function, and improve long-term outcomes. Our exercise videos are tailored to cancer patients and survivors and are a great step for incorporating exercise into your weekly schedule.


Staying Connected, Healthy, and Energized during COVID-19 and Beyond

Staying Connected, Healthy, and Energized during COVID-19 and Beyond is a 6-part webinar series presented by the Lifestyle Medicine Program. Each session is hosted by an expert clinician from various fields such as oncology, psychology, and nutrition, and will equip you with the tools to set achievable goals during this challenging time.