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August 2021

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently sent out a new fact sheet explaining the role of integrative health. Their timing was perfect, as the medical director of Massey's Integrative Health Program, Masey Ross, M.D., M.S., will be live on Massey's Facebook on Wednesday, August 25 at 2pm talking about cancer care and integrative health. In addition, this month there will be programs about “chemo brain,” cancer prevention, and a community and university program about trust in medical research, celebrating Henrietta Lacks and her legacy in the world of research. Throughout August we bring opportunities to support you as a patient at Massey Cancer Center through nutrition, mind-body, physical activity and psychological support programs. 

Announcements
Feedback overwhelmingly positive for new farm stand partner
The RAMble is back in person on Saturday, September 18
Sign up for the Fall yoga season

Event Schedule
Women's Cancer Support Group
Mondays, August 2 & 16, 6:30-7:30pm
A safe space for women affected by cancer. Allie Farley, R.D., will join us on August 16 to discuss nutrition. Register and receive the Zoom link by emailing Freda.wilkins@vcuhealth.org.
Yoga for Cancer Patients & Survivors
Thursdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 5:30 pm
Contact susan.chandler@vcuhealth.org to sign up. Classes are limited to ten people.

 
VCU Health webinar: Screening for Cancer
Thursday, August 19, 5:30 pm
Massey oncologist Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., will discuss screening options for a variety of cancers. Watch live on Massey's Facebook.

 
Integrative Health and Cancer Care
Wednesday, August 25, 2 pm
Speaker: Masey Ross, M.D., M.S., medical director of Massey’s Integrative Health Program. Watch live on Massey's Facebook.
Coffee & Conversation
Friday, August 27, 9 am-12 pm
North Hospital entrance

Enjoy light refreshments and connect with other Massey patients and caregivers.
Weekly Farm Stand
Wednesdays, August 4, 18 & 25, 10 am-12 pm 

North Hospital entrance
Purchase locally-grown produce every week at North Hospital courtesy of Shalom Farms. Note: The stand will be closed on August 11.
Mindfulness Group
Fridays, August 13 & 27, 12 pm
Relax and relieve stress with mindfulness. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Freda.wilkins@vcuhealth.org.
Cancer-Related Cognitive Changes: Beyond Chemo Brain
Tuesday, August 24, 12 pm
Speaker: Autumn Lanoye, Ph.D., of Massey's Cancer Survivorship Program. Watch live on Massey's Facebook.
Celebrating Henrietta Lacks: Building Trust - The Path Forward
Tuesday, August 31, 10 am-12 pm
A community and academic dialogue on trust and trustworthiness in research. Register here.
Art at the Infusion Center
Tuesday mornings at North Hospital
Request art therapy projects for patients receiving chemotherapy. Contact
alexis.shockley@vcuhealth.org.
Massey Resources

All About Echinacea
Please remember to always tell your healthcare providers about any dietary supplements you’re taking, including herbs, vitamins and minerals.


Relaxation breathing

Learn a technique to help manage your anxiety and stress. Email susan.chandler@vcuhealth.org to schedule an in-person or virtual session.


Chemo 101

Click here to watch an overview of chemo and its side effects.



Medical Legal Partnership with CancerLINC: Legal & Financial Services
Free services available for eligible oncology patients. MLP attorney Barton Zedd is on-site downtown with limited hours. Call 804-517-9110.

All of Us Research 
Help us build a data resource for researchers to find answers to important health questions. Click here to join All of Us to change the future of health.


The Massey Wig Salon
Learn more about this private and safe place. For more information about salon services or to make an appointment, call 804-828-8709.


Wednesday Wellness: Summer Recipes
Wednesdays via email
Sign up to receive fresh summer recipes weekly in your inbox from Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley, R.D. Click here to register.


Tobacco Cessation
Trying to quit? Contact Connie Clark, Massey tobacco treatment specialist, at constans.clark@vcuhealth.org.
Additional Events & Resources
Yoga4Cancer online yoga
Free 60-minute video

Virtual exercise classes
Check with your doctor before engaging in any new physical activity.


National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
NIH-based research and information on complementary health products and practices.

Talkspace Mental Health Resources

Greater Good Science Center 
University of California Berkeley

Virtual arts showcase
Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond 

UBCF COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program Supporting Breast Cancer Patients

Guided Meditations and Tai Chi 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Strength After Breast Cancer (SABC)
Rehab exercise program. Physician referral required. Contact Kimberly Ericson at 804-628-1128 or Sarah Kaplan at 804-237-6667.


• National Institute of Health
• Centers for Disease Control 

• Virginia Department of Health
• RVA Strong: COVID-19 resources
• Financial and insurance resources

American Cancer Society:

• COVID-19 & Cancer Info Hub
• 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-227-2345 or online chat.
• Reach To Recovery: Connect with other breast cancer patients for peer-to-peer support.
• Cancer Survivors Network: Join a safe online community and build a support network.
• Personal Health Manager: Track and organize information about diagnosis and treatment.
• “tlc” – Tender Loving Care®: Affordable wigs, scarves and mastectomy products.

Virtual Resources - Yoga, meditation, movement and more at home
Rosenthal Center for Wellness & Health Promotion at Harvard University

CLICK HERE for information about COVID-19 pertaining to Massey patients.

For ongoing updates from VCU Health, visit https://www.vcuhealth.org/news-center/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-home. If you have questions or concerns about how Massey’s precautions impact your care, contact your team through the My VCU Health patient portal at vcuhealth.org.

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Massey does not endorse all integrative health practices. We only recommend those that are known to be safe and have the potential to improve health when used alongside, and never in place of, professional medical care. All cancer patients are advised to consult with their physician before starting any integrative health practice, as some may interfere with medical care. Please call (804) 828-8478 for more information about our Integrative Health program. 
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