Increasing evidence suggests that yoga, the ancient Indian mind-body discipline, can be a useful adjunct to standard care for cancer patients. Yoga, which includes a variety of techniques, including physical postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises, appears to have utility for patients undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy, patients in remission who have completed their treatments, and patients in hospice or palliative care. Classes for cancer patients and survivors are held in the Cardiac Rehab Education room on the second floor of Valley View Hospital every Wednesday. Contact Nova Loverro-Sprick, yoga therapist and cancer survivor, for more information at 945-9515 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Integrated Therapies Department at 384-6954.
Look Good, Feel Better
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Valley View Hospital. Trained stylists and cosmetologists work with individuals in a small, supportive group setting to provide survivors with practical tips and free products designed to address the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, including wigs, head-wear accessories and makeup. The program is usually held on the first Friday of each month from 9:00 – 11:30 am in the 2nd floor conference room at Valley View Hospital. Contact Jan Bean for more information, including date confirmation, at 618-9224. (www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org)
Moving Into Health
A structured, hospital-based Physical Therapy group exercise program specifically designed to meet the unique physiological needs and fitness challenges faced by both cancer patients in active treatment and by cancer survivors post-treatment. Referral from a physician for Physical Therapy evaluation is required. Classes are held in the Cardiac Rehab Education room on the 2nd floor of Valley View Hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. For more information, contact Phyllis Zilm at 384-7575.
Physical Fitness Maintenance
Exercise classes offered at Valley View Hospital for anyone wishing to maintain a safe, healthy activity level following acute or prolonged illness in a supervised group setting. Cancer survivors are welcome! Classes are held in the Cardiac Rehab Education room on the 2nd floor of Valley View Hospital. Days and times vary, so contact Phyllis Zilm at 384-7575 for more information.
Available to help cancer survivors manage the painful and sometimes severe swelling that can occur following surgery or radiation to lymph nodes, most commonly a side effect of treatments related to breast cancer. Referral from a physician is typically required for treatment which is provided by a Physical Therapist who is specially trained in lymphedema management. For more information, contact Phyllis Zilm at 384-7575.