Special Programs

Expressive Arts Therapy
Free Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors
Mind Body Program for Cancer
Strength in Motion

Expressive Arts Therapy
The Vernon Cancer Center is excited to announce a collaboration with Lesley University’s Expressive Arts Therapy program!

Expressive Arts Therapy has been shown to help patients and families foster an image of health and/or recovery, develop self expression, increase body awareness and cultivate social support. The goal of this collaboration is to help our cancer patients cope with their illness by reducing anxiety, fear and confusion, and support them into survivorship.

We envision our intern providing a variety of modalities to include art, music, body movement and writing in the form of group classes, one-on-one sessions and use of a mobile cart in the chemotherapy infusion unit and the inpatient oncology unit. For information, contact the Cancer Center at 617-219-1230.

Free Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors

When: Wednesdays, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
(Starting Wednesday, November 21)
Where: Shipley Fitness Center at Newton Wellesley
Facilitator: Sarah Cailler, CET and Certified Instructor
Cost: Free (8 week sessions)
Registration: Required. Please call the Shipley Fitness Center at 617-243-6644 to pre-register and reserve a spot. Class size is limited.
The Lebed Method®

This is a gentle therapeutic movement and exercise program designed to help you thrive! The Healthy-Steps program improves overall wellness, reduces pain, reduces depression, improves range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance, increases energy, and stabilizes weight, as well as improves emotional well-being and self-image. It can be done standing, sitting or in a wheelchair. Feel better and have fun!

Healthy-Steps benefits those with:

  • Breast Cancer or other forms of Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Lymphedema
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Other chronic or debilitating illnesses

Mind Body Program for Cancer
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When: This group will begin in January on Tuesday afternoons with another group in the Spring.
Where: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Vernon Cancer Center
The Mind Body Program for Cancer, offered by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, is designed to supplement your medical treatment by giving you tools to cope with the stress of your illness, make informed choices about treatment, and maintain hope. Over eight weekly one-and-one-half-hour sessions, this program will help you:

  • Learn self-care techniques that help you maximize your health (through relaxation, nutrition, yoga, and cognitive therapy)
  • Reduce stress and physical/emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment
  • Cope with and manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • More actively participate in your health care
  • Regain a sense of control, optimism, energy, and well-being

Elements of the Program Include:

  • Lessons
  • Self-care
  • Group learning
  • Skills training
  • Symptom monitoring

Elyse R. Park, Ph.D. is Director of Behavioral Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI). As a clinical health psychologist, she has been seeing cancer patients and survivors for over 15 years. At BHI, she is one of the creators of the Relaxation Response Resiliency Program. This program combines relaxation response elicitation skills, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology skills to promote resiliency.

Enrollment pre-registration is required. To enroll, please call Rachelle LaMaster at 617-219-1237 or email her. The Mind Body Program for Cancer is billable to insurance and most insurers do cover the program.

Strength in Motion
Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Vernon Cancer Center 

The following professionally guided exercise classes are free of charge and appropriate
for all fitness and energy levels. Come learn how to make exercise and fun and effective!

Exercise Screenings
Screening appointments are available on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. These informal screenings by a physical therapist provide an overall fitness assessment and recommendations for future exercise plans. The physical therapist can also refer patients for physical or occupational therapy for specific concerns.

Rehabilitation Exercise Class
Fridays, 11:00 am – noon
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Small class size, rolling admission for 10-week sessions. This exercise class, led by a physical therapist, offers gentle aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching.

Shipley Fitness Center Class 
Personal training sessions with an exercise physiologist at the Shipley Fitness Center. Sessions with the trainer can be scheduled at the patient's convenience and include aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching.


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