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Wellness and Support Programs at the Mass General North Shore Cancer Center
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 on each of our Integrative Therapies services.
The services below are provided by trained professionals from the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program.
For the most up-to-date program listings and information, view our online calendar.
December 2018 Wellness & Support Programs
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: Jessica Gerber, Regina Gibbons, M.Ac., Nathan Langford, Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Irene Martyniuk, Mary Tricolli, RN
Available in many outpatient clinical areas, in a group setting, or as a fee-for-service outpatient service.
View our Radiation Oncology Group Acupuncture Information Sheet
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
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
Available in many outpatient clinical areas or as a fee-for-service outpatient service.
Music TherapyMusic therapy uses music-based activities to enhance wellness and help reduce stress, pain, and anxiety. Sessions can include active music making, gentle live music for relaxation, music-supported meditation, learning a new instrument, writing songs, or creating recordings to share with loved ones. No prior music experience is necessary – with the help of our board-certified music therapists, patients can explore how music therapy might best support them. Individual sessions take place in the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
Read about the benefits of music therapy in cancer care, published in the September/October 2018 Coping with Cancer magazine.
Caring for YourselfMassage 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
Gentle Yoga 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
Learn About AcupunctureAcupuncture 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 WellnessJoin us as we explore how engaging in music can help reduce stress and anxiety, decrease feelings of isolation, and offer a creative outlet for self-expression. Group participants can try an instrument, sing along, or just sit back and enjoy the music. No prior music experience is necessary!Led by: Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
QigongQigong 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 ChiTai Chi is an exercise of slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to help improve balance, strength, sleep and pain management. Current radiation therapy patients must obtain pre-approval. Led by Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor
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