Mass General Cancer Center is pleased to offer the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine’s highly regarded Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART): Relaxation Response Resiliency Programs (3RP) training for individuals identified to have a hereditary cancer syndrome and will be in an online format on Zoom.

This program is designed to assist individuals without a cancer diagnosis but who carry a genetic variant putting them at higher risk for cancer. The program will provide critical tools to help individuals cope with the experience of being identified to be at high genetic risk for cancer.

During eight, 90-minute weekly sessions, this program will help participants:

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  • Learn self-care techniques, through relaxation, mindful awareness and adaptive thought patterns
  • Reduce stress and physical/emotional symptoms associated with being at high risk for cancer
  • Cope with and manage the increased cancer risk and the ongoing surveillance for cancer
  • Promote a sense of control, optimism, acceptance and well-being

Elements of the program include:

  • Interactive lessons
  • Healthy behaviors
  • Group learning
  • Skills training
  • Symptom monitoring
  • Self-Care


The Mind Body Program for Individuals at High Risk for Cancer is billable to insurance; most insurers cover the program. Pre-registration and a $50 materials fee are required.

Tuesdays beginning January 30, 2024 at 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Virtual interactive groups led by April Hirschberg, MD and offered through the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham.

Contact Information

For questions or to register, please email Dr. Hirschberg at

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