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March 2021

The recent ice and snow has many of us dreaming of Spring and all that it brings, including longer and warmer days, inviting us outside. In the meantime, some have found it challenging to find a way to stay active during the winter months, particularly those that relied on gyms or in-person exercise classes that have been cancelled or on hold during the pandemic. Have you found a way to stay active? If not, here are a few suggestions that might help with motivation or improvisation!  

Have a dance party! Turn on some good music and get moving. Maybe other household members want to join, or maybe you want to take this time to reconnect with yourself. Do you have stairs in your home? Climbing stairs can be a great cardio activity as can marching/jogging in place or jumping rope. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi can be done in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment. In addition to regular physical activity, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends 2-3 sessions per week of strength or resistance training as part of a healthy physical routine for cancer survivors. This could include lunges or squats or working with small weights. Don’t have weights at home? Using canned goods or other dry pantry items can be a resourceful way to strength train without formal equipment. As always, activities should be tailored to your ability and comfort level. If you are unsure of your limitations and abilities, start a conversation with your doctor!

Masey M. Ross, M.D., M.S.
Director, Integrative Health Program

Event Schedule
Some of our virtual events are hosted on Zoom. If you are using a computer or a smartphone, you will be prompted to download the desktop launcher or Zoom app. The app is free and you will not need to create an account to join the meeting. We encourage you to also refer to Zoom’s guide for more information or if you are having trouble. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Women's Support Group
Mondays, March 1 & 15, 6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884 / 1-877-853-5247
A safe space for women affected by cancer.
Yoga for Cancer Patients & Survivors
Mondays at 5:30 pm until March 8
To register, email Susan Chandler at
Healthy for Life Virtual Cooking Classes
Beginning March 18 
Community-based wellbeing program in partnership with the VCU Health Hub at 25th. Email Allie Farley for more information.

Colorectal Cancer Prevention
Wednesday, March 24, 12 pm

Dr. Khalid Matin will provide an overview of colorectal cancer and discuss preventative steps you can take. Click here to register.
Healthy Living Series: Acupuncture
Thursday, March 4, 1 pm
Dr. Keith Bell of Oriental Medicine Specialists will discuss the benefits of acupuncture. Watch live on Massey's Facebook.
Mindfulness Group
Fridays, March 12 & 26, 12 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884
The RAMble: Walking for Wellness
Saturday, March 20, 8:30 am
Meeting ID 970 3090 9946 / Dial: 929-205-6099 

Watch a brief health talk and then get walking. We'll virtually pair you with a VCU Health practitioner to walk and talk with.
Survivorship Care: An Essential Component of Holistic, Integrative & Comprehensive Cancer Care
Friday, March 26, 1 pm
Speakers: Dr. Susan Hong, director of Massey's Cancer Survivorship Program, and Jodi Cunningham, nurse practitioner. Watch live on Massey's Facebook.
Massey Resources

All About Turmeric
Turmeric has been used safely for years as a supplement and to flavor food. The results of research remain mixed in terms of its helpfulness for health conditions.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Cancer
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available in Virginia, many cancer patients and survivors have questions about vaccination.

How to Care for Wigs
Need help caring for your wig? Try these helpful tips. Call 804-828-8709 to make an appointment with Massey's Wig Salon. Skincare services are also available.

Chemo 101

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

Healthy Made Simple: Crockpot Meals
Receive healthy crockpot recipes from Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley every Friday until March 26.
Click here to sign up.

Integrative Health webinar videos
An archive of videos from our monthly Healthy Living Series and other discussions by experts.

Relaxation breathing

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

Medical Legal Partnership with CancerLINC
Legal and financial services for eligible oncology patients.
Additional Events & Resources
Yoga4Cancer online yoga
Free 60-minute video

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for questions Massey patients frequently ask about COVID-19.

For ongoing updates from VCU Health, visit you have questions or concerns about how Massey’s precautions impact your care, contact your team through the My VCU Health patient portal at

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To view past newsletters, visit our archives.

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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