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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.
April 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 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 Hannah Shefsky, Music Therapist
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 WellnessMusic 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
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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