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.

This program is designed for 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 nine, 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 with Hereditary Cancer Syndromes is billable to insurance; most insurers cover the program. Pre-registration and a $50 materials fee are required.

Monday evenings beginning September 20, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom

Groups are led by Dr. April Hirschberg and offered through the Mass General Cancer Center Waltham.

Contact Information

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

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