The Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups and optional services to provide comfort during your treatment and contribute to your general sense of well-being. These services promote healing, wellness, and a healthful lifestyle. They are available for patients and care givers.
Healing Touch (offered at no charge)
Healing Touch is a gentle touch technique that may be used along with your other cancer treatments to promote balance and wholeness in body, mind, spirit and emotions. It can help bring a state of deep relaxation and general well-being and reduce side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, fatigue, and headaches.
Caring Hands (offered at no charge)
Caring Hands is a relaxing hand massage given by trained hospital volunteers, and lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Each hand is gently massaged, providing relaxation, pain relief and reduced stress and anxiety. Caring Hands massages are available by request, and based upon availability of volunteers.
Reverie Harp (offered at no charge)
The Reverie Harp Program provides patients with a therapeutic musical healing experience, helping to relieve stress and anxiety, reduce pain, and help patients relax or even fall asleep.
Massage Therapy (fee charged)
Massage is a form of touch that includes stroking, kneading, or rubbing the soft tissues of the body to promote comfort and healing. Massage can help persons living with cancer by bringing about a deep relaxation, relieving pain, increasing circulation, and reducing anxiety. Certified massage therapists are available who have special training in working with cancer.
If you are a patient or family member and are interested in scheduling one of the above therapies, please contact the Cancer Center at 608-392-9510 or toll-free at 800-362-5454.
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.
Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival
Each year Mayo Clinic Health System hosts the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, which encourages support for breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. It’s a celebration of the human spirit that promotes fitness and teamwork.
The Cancer Center and Community Programs
Cancer Center staff members plan and participate in many special events and programs offered within the health care system and the community: We are happy to make referrals and provide information on the numerous community resources available for cancer patients and families.