Support Services

Yoga

The more we get to know our bodies, the better we are able to compassionately take care of ourselves and live each day more fully.
 
  • Yoga meets Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.  Yoga mats are provided.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center 
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients 
  • Register: No registration necessary

Qigong

Taught by Kelly Williams, a local certified Qi Gong instructor. Qi  Gong is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that uses meditation, breathing control, and movement to balance the flow of energy (qi) through the body. The theory behind Qi Gong is that if energy is flowing properly through our bodies, healing can occur. It is used often to combat fatigue.
 
  • When: Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients
  • Register: No registration necessary

Tai Chi

Kelly Williams is also a certified Tai Chi instructor.  Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art, well known for its many health benefits.  The slow, gentle and meditative mevements promote balance, increase flexibility and strength and reduce stress.  Regular practice brings about a deep sense of peace and well-being.

  • When: Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients
  • Register: No registration necessary

Nutrition & Cancer Management

Learn about the importance of nutrition during cancer treatment, including tips on managing treatment-related symptoms. Our Registered Dietitian will also discuss the role of nutrition in cancer prevention and recurrence. 

  • When: The third Thursday of every month from 9:30-11:00a.m. 
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center 
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients 
  • Register: No registration necessary

Wig, Hat & Scarf Bank

Wigs, hats and scarves are available for free to PeaceHealth Cancer Center patients. 
 

Survivorship Resource Center

Volunteers staff the Survivorship Resource Center Library full-time, assisting patients and their families with all types of services, including finding information and resources and checking out books (free of charge).
 

Look Good, Feel Better

A joint service of the American Cancer Society, Look Good...Feel Better is designed to teach women undergoing treatment how to use makeup, wigs and scarves to enhance appearance and boost spirits. Cosmetic samples and makeovers are available. 
 
  • When: Second Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients
  • Register: Registration is required by calling 360-788-8226

Healing Through Creativity

Skilled volunteers of the Cancer Center teach painting with watercolors and acrylics. 
  • When: Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center 
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients
  • All supplies are provided, but participants must be at least 18 years of age

Fit vs. Fatigue

The PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center and Bellingham Athletic Club have partnered together for the benefit of local cancer patients to combat fatigue during cancer treatment.  It has been proven that nutrition and exercise can help reduce fatigue and actually yield more energy. 
 
Local patients, with their doctor’s permission, can qualify for a free membership to the Bellingham Athletic Club during their treatment time. Patients start with a 60-day membership and may choose to extend their membership if they are still using the facility after 60 days.  
 
For more information, contact Carol Brumet​, Cancer Center Outreach Coordinator, at (360) 788-8220.
 
 

Mindfulness Meditation

Leading the class is Lisa Harmon, LMHC, who has been a therapist since 2003. Lisa works with mindfulness-based therapy to assist people dealing with a chronic pain or illness, depression or anxiety. Please be on time so once started, meditation can continue without disruption.

  • When: Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
  • Cost: Free to all cancer patients, survivors, family and friends
  • Register: No registration necessary​

Support Groups

All meet at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center

  • Women's Support Group meets Monday mornings at 10:00
  • Men's Support Group meets first and third Tuesdays at 3:30
  • Friends and Family Support Group meets Thursdays at 5:30
  • Brain Tumor Caregiver Support Group meets first Friday of the month at 2:00

Complementary Therapies Program

Our Complementary Therapies Program currently has licensed practitioners in massage and Reiki therapy.  These modalities provide physical, emotional and spiritual support throughout a patient’s medical treatments. Used with - not instead of - medical care, this approach encourages the mind-body connection for healing and is offered to cancer patients receiving treatment locally. Registration is required and therapies are offered based on volunteer availability. 
 
These programs are available for free to PeaceHealth cancer patients. Contact us for more information.​​​​​​​​​​​

 

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