Cancer Center: Courses, Resources and Community Programs

Cancer Survivorship Program
Our Cancer Team has developed a new program called the Cancer Survivorship Program for cancer survivors, families, and others with the aim of improving quality of care and quality of life. The program integrates existing supportive services and education with new programming to support physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. Learn more by following this link to more information about this valuable resource.

Mind-Body Skills Groups for persons with cancer

The Mind-Body Skills group helps you deal with the life changes and stress of having a cancer diagnosis. You'll learn how to:

  • reduce and relieve stress
  • develop new coping skills
  • help with side effects of cancer treatment
  • enhance well being
  • gain personal insight and awareness

The Mind-Body Skills group empowers your growth through development of skills such as:

  • meditation
  • journal writing and drawing
  • biofeedback
  • guided imagery
  • breathing and exercise
  • understanding emotions
  • mindful and healthful eating
  • bringing it all together

The Mind-Body Skills group is free of charge to person's living with cancer. Facilitators are Kathleen Graham, RN, MSN, AOCN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Marti Runyon, RN, BSN, OCN, Cancer Guide. Contact Marti Runyon at 608 392-7647 if you are interested in this group.

Healing Touch
Healing Touch can offer a unique way to relax and reduce symptoms related to cancer and anxiety. Healing Touch is used in collaboration with traditional health care and other approaches to health and healing.

What is it? Healing Touch is a non-invasive, gentle touch technique that helps induce a state of deep relaxation and general well being, and may also reduce side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and headaches. It also helps with pain control, anxiety reduction and grief management.

Who can benefit? Healing Touch is appropriate for anyone who wishes to receive it, and is available to persons living with cancer as well as family members or a support person. Appointments last from 30 minutes to one hour. It is provided by staff and volunteers trained in Healing Touch and is provided free of charge in the Cancer Center.

How do you sign up? Healing Touch sessions are available to assist patients/families going through the cancer treatment experience. Please schedule with the patient service representatives at the reception desk.

For more information, call the Cancer Guide at 608-392-7647.

Massage Therapy and Cancer
If you are experiencing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, massage therapy can help. Massage can reduce nausea, fatigue, and insomnia while enhancing quality of life and aiding in recovery. Massage enables one to relax deeply. As one focuses on the pleasant sensation of caring touch, stress and anxiety lessens. Massage therapy is an integral part of cancer care and can enhance healing of body, mind and spirit. The massage therapists have received special training in providing massage to those with cancer. For more information about massage therapy or to make an appointment, call 608-392-9891.

The Labyrinth creates a sacred space and unique opportunity for walking, meditation, or prayer. A labyrinth is a special type of maze with one pathway that leads into and back out of the center. Walking the Labyrinth provides a soothing, balancing effect that quiets the mind, allowing the walker to reflect on life, prayer or consider a problem as they walk. Located in the Cancer Center courtyard, the Labyrinth is open and available for reflective walking during daylight hours between April and October.

Serenity Room
The Serenity Room offers a quiet, peaceful environment for staff, patients and family members to rest, replenish, and rejuvenate. With soft lighting, gentle music, and the soothing sound of a water fountain, the Serenity Room provides a transition to tranquility and contemplation. The Serenity Room offers the opportunity to:

  • take a moment for quiet sitting and centering
  • listen to gentle healing music and sounds of water falling
  • meditate
  • offer prayers
  • read for comfort or enjoyment
  • listen to guided imagery or relaxation tapes
  • talk to a friend, counselor, spiritual advisor or the Cancer Guide
  • write in a journal

The Cancer Center and Community Programs

Cancer Center staff members plan and participate in many special events and programs offered within the healthcare system and the community:

  • "Colon Bowlin'" teams of physicians, nurses, and many others raise money to increase awareness about colon cancer. This highly successful event has expanded each year since its existence and is offered annually.
  • An annual Celebrate Life cancer survivors event. It includes a delightful evening of music, food, and camaraderie with fellow cancer survivors.
  • An ongoing employee breast-screening program, "Mammography Matters: Its Worth YOUR Time!" Female employees forty and older are able to easily schedule mammograms during work time and receive small incentives to participate in the program.

Programs that meet the needs of the public, employees, physicians, and others is always a major focus for the Cancer Center.