Programs for Hope and Healing

Programs for Hope & Healing



programs for hope and healingIn April 2011, the Kennedy Cancer Center opened the Center for Hope & Healing, a specially designed area for our patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The Center for Hope & Healing, located on the second floor of the Kennedy Cancer Center, is designed to provide a comforting and caring environment. With a “living room” atmosphere, the center is not only a place for individual reflection, but also a haven where patients can share their experiences with other survivors, as well as speak with oncology professionals about their concerns. 

Unique to our Center for Hope & Healing is a large multi-purpose room where cancer patients and their family members can participate in various activities. Geared specifically towards survivors, activities are offered for patients who are either actively undergoing or have completed cancer treatment.  Free to patients, activities are offered on a weekly or monthly basis and include: yoga, massage, Pilates, Reiki, dance, Tai Chi, visualization, art therapy and much more.

The Cancer Center team understands that being diagnosed with cancer is a life changing experience and, with that in mind focuses on offering free educational activities and events presented by oncology professionals. The Center for Hope & Healing also has a resource library and a web-source library with valuable information for patients and their families.

The following classes and support programs are offered:

Classes and Events

HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 08/29/2016
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.

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Chair Yoga - 08/31/2016
Chair Yoga is ideal for the person who finds it difficult to participate in traditional yoga class due to physical limitations or joint issues. All poses are performed seated or standing, using a chair as support.

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Reflexology - Ongoing by appointment - 09/01/2016
Reflexology is a popular alternative therapy. It promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing. It is also used for post-operative or palliative care. Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.

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HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - Fridays 09-02-16 thru 12-16-16 - 09/02/2016
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.

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Chair Yoga Fridays 09-02-16 thru 12-16-16 - 09/02/2016
Chair Yoga is ideal for the person who finds it difficult to participate in traditional yoga class due to physical limitations or joint issues. All poses are performed seated or standing, using a chair as support.

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HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - Mondays 09-05-16 thru 12-12-16 - 09/05/2016
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.

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Hope & Healing Stitchers - Knitting & Crocheting Club - Tuesdays 09-06-16 thru 12-13-16 - 09/06/2016
Join fellow community knitters and/or crocheters on an ongoing basis. Share and learn new skills, while working on community projects that will benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients and their families. Please bring your own supplies and materials.

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Well-Being Yoga - Tuesdays 09-06-16 thru 12-13-16 - 09/06/2016
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.

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Chair Yoga Wednesdays 09-07-16 thru 12-14-16 - 09/07/2016
Chair Yoga is ideal for the person who finds it difficult to participate in traditional yoga class due to physical limitations or joint issues. All poses are performed seated or standing, using a chair as support.

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Art Discovery Workshops - Wednesdays 09-07-16 thru 12-14-16 - 09/07/2016
The act of creating art in a nourishing, peaceful environment often allows the mind and body to relax, to experience stillness, a zone of acceptance that carries on to daily activity. Explore your creativity through various art techniques, including drawing, painting, collage, and clay in a supportive and playful environment.

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Well-Being Yoga - Thursday Afternoon 09-08-16 - 12-15-16 - 09/08/2016
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.

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Tai Chi - Mondays 09-12-16 - 12-12-16 - 09/12/2016
Tai Chi is a Chinese slow motion exercise designed to promote good health and longevity by circulating internal energy or 'chi.' Benefits include promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Anyone can do it regardless of age or condition. Great by itself or complements other exercises, lowers blood pressure, improves balance and coordination, slows and improves breathing and builds strength and vitality for cancer patients during and after treatment.

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Dream Journaling and Interpretation Class - 2nd Monday - 09/12/2016
What do your dreams reveal about you and your relationship with the world? How can you best interpret them to give you insight and deeper connection with your inner life? Who or what inhabits your dream world and how can they reveal your current state of mind and emotions? Mary Barnett is an artist who has been assisting others for over 30 years to use their dreams to gain insight into their lives. By keeping a dream journal and working with a step by step procedure she can help you use your dream life to develop more clarity and creativity in your waking life.

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Zumba for Cancer Patients - Mondays 09-12-16 - 12-12-16 - 09/12/2016
Join other cancer patients for this low impact Latin-inspired dance-fitness program geared towards helping those who have battled and are still battling cancer.

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Well-Being Yoga - Tuesday Evening 09-13-16 - 12-13-16 - 09/13/2016
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.

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Well-Being Yoga - Thursday Evening 09-15-16 - 12-15-16 - 09/15/2016
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.

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Mindfulness and Meditation 1st & 3rd Mondays 09-19-16 thru 12-19-16 - 09/19/2016
With meditation at its core, mindfulness is a way to create a greater sense of peace and compassion for ourselves and our circumstances. Reduce stress on the body and mind. Learn the skills to live in the present and nurture yourself.

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Dream Journaling and Interpretation Class - 4th Monday - 09/26/2016
What do your dreams reveal about you and your relationship with the world? How can you best interpret them to give you insight and deeper connection with your inner life? Who or what inhabits your dream world and how can they reveal your current state of mind and emotions? Mary Barnett is an artist who has been assisting others for over 30 years to use their dreams to gain insight into their lives. By keeping a dream journal and working with a step by step procedure she can help you use your dream life to develop more clarity and creativity in your waking life.

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Horticultural Therapy - Harvest Baskets - 10/21/2016
Explore your creativity through horticultural therapy - design your own arrangements with seasonal favorites and enjoy the healing power of nature.

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Horticultural Therapy - Fresh Evergreen Flower Arrangements - 12/16/2016
Explore your creativity through horticultural therapy - design your own arrangements with seasonal favorites and enjoy the healing power of nature.

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Support Programs

Breast Cancer Support Group - Breast Reconstruction 101 - 09/15/2016
Join us for Kennedy's new and improved Breast Cancer Support Group where we'll be offering interesting and educational presentations at each monthly meeting followed by open discussions.

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Kennedy Cancer Support Group (General) - 09/20/2016
This is a support group for all survivors and their caretakers to discuss issues and concerns around survivorship. People with any types of cancer are welcome to join us and share their journey of living with cancer. The group will be facilitated by oncology certified nurses and professionals.

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Living Well With Cancer Support Group (General) - 09/20/2016
This is a support group for all survivors and their caretakers to discuss issues and concerns around survivorship. People with any types of cancer are welcome to join us and share their journey of living with cancer. The group will be facilitated by oncology certified nurses and professionals.

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Breast Cancer Support Group - The Role of the Pathologist - 10/05/2016
Join us for Kennedy's new and improved Breast Cancer Support Group where we'll be offering interesting and educational presentations at each monthly meeting followed by open discussions.

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Kennedy Cancer Support Group (General) - 10/18/2016
This is a support group for all survivors and their caretakers to discuss issues and concerns around survivorship. People with any types of cancer are welcome to join us and share their journey of living with cancer. The group will be facilitated by oncology certified nurses and professionals.

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Breast Cancer Support Group - Mammograms and Ultrasounds: What Do They See? - 11/02/2016
Join us for Kennedy's new and improved Breast Cancer Support Group where we'll be offering interesting and educational presentations at each monthly meeting followed by open discussions.

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Kennedy Cancer Support Group (General) - 11/15/2016
This is a support group for all survivors and their caretakers to discuss issues and concerns around survivorship. People with any types of cancer are welcome to join us and share their journey of living with cancer. The group will be facilitated by oncology certified nurses and professionals.

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Breast Cancer Support Group - Radiation and Breast Cancer - 12/07/2016
Join us for Kennedy's new and improved Breast Cancer Support Group where we'll be offering interesting and educational presentations at each monthly meeting followed by open discussions.

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Kennedy Cancer Support Group (General) - 12/20/2016
This is a support group for all survivors and their caretakers to discuss issues and concerns around survivorship. People with any types of cancer are welcome to join us and share their journey of living with cancer. The group will be facilitated by oncology certified nurses and professionals.

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Key Patient Contacts

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.
856-218-5324

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C - Social Worker
Patient support and information.
856-218-5322

Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN 
Nurse navigator. 
856-218-5354

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Cancer Center Accreditations

Commission on Cancer, ACR, NAPBC, Screening Center of Excellence

Upcoming Classes

HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 08/29/2016
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.

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Chair Yoga - 08/31/2016
Chair Yoga is ideal for the person who finds it difficult to participate in traditional yoga class due to physical limitations or joint issues. All poses are performed seated or standing, using a chair as support.

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