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                                                                                                                      December 2020

The holiday season is upon us. For many, it is a nostalgic time, evoking memories of seasons past as we embrace traditions or rituals which can give us a sense of self-continuity over time. In the past, it has often been a time of social gathering and rekindling of relationships. This holiday season will undoubtedly be greeted with mixed emotions as we continue to experience the repercussions of a global pandemic, with increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections in our community.  The CDC is recommending that we minimize in-person gatherings and continue to adhere to social distancing and masking guidelines. They emphasize that it is safest to limit gatherings to those in our immediate household. With health and safety in mind, consider celebrating in new ways and making new traditions. Here are a few ideas:  

1. Take a walk around the neighborhood to view the festive lights and decorations.
2. If you enjoy crafting, make paper snowflakes for the windows, string popcorn or cranberry garland or make dried fruit ornaments.
3. Embrace the spirit of giving by volunteering, helping to rake a neighbor's leaves, shoveling a neighbor's snow or making a thank you card for an essential worker.
4. Decorate your sidewalk with festive chalk drawings.
5. Plant bulbs for spring flowers.

Above all, don’t forget to practice self care. Try to stay healthy and active and give yourself grace. If you are feeling disappointed this holiday season, allow yourself those feelings. Reach out for help when you need it.

Dr. Masey Ross
Medical Director of Integrative Health
VCU Massey Cancer Center

Event Schedule
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.
Smoke & Mirrors: A Lung Health Program
Saturday, December 5, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Topics will include tobacco and vaping, COVID-19 and more. Free and open to the public. CME credit available for nurses. Click here to register.
Mindfulness Group
Friday, December 11, 12 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884
Dial in: 1-877-853-5247

Healthy Living Series: Balancing Act
Monday, December 14, 11 am 
Watch on Massey's Facebook

VCU Health physical therapist Amy Hayes will show us how to prevent falls by improving balance with barre, yoga and physical therapy techniques. 
Healthy Cooking for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 16, 11 am
Watch on Massey's Facebook

Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley will share tips for eating healthy during the holiday season. 

Caregiving During COVID
Monday, December 21, 2 pm
Watch on Massey's Facebook

Experts will discuss caring for cancer patients, caregiving from a long distance and care for the caregiver during the pandemic. 
Cancer Awareness: The Power of Fitness Against Cancer
Friday, December 11, 1 pm
Watch on Massey's Facebook 
Dr. Will Carter will discuss how fitness impacts your ability to cope with cancer treatment. 
Women's Support Group Paint Night
Monday, December 14, 6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884
Dial in: 1-877-853-5247

Join us for a virtual evening of painting! Click here to view a list of supplies you will need.
The RAMble: Walking for Wellness
Saturday, December 19, 8:30 am
Meeting ID 970 3090 9946 / Dial: 929-205-6099 

Watch a brief health talk by Massey director Dr. Robert Winn and then get walking. Join us virtually or in person at Stony Point Fashion Park for a socially distanced walk with your mask on.
The FRESH Initiative
Beginning in January 2021
Engage LIVE with VCU nutritionists once a week for four weeks to learn more about YOUR nutritional health. It's free and you could win prizes. Click here to register.
Massey Resources

All About Melatonin
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain in response to darkness. It is well known for helping regulate your 24-hour internal body clock (circadian rhythm).

Wig Salon with skin care services

By appointment between 10 am-2 pm
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 804-828-8709 and leave a message. Click here for Tips from Moné.

Chemo 101

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

Holiday Herbs and Your Health
Did you know that some of the most popular herbs used in holiday dishes have also been studied for their potential health benefits? 

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 Resources

National Institute of Health
Centers for Disease Control 

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

American Cancer Society
Webinars and presentations
An archive of videos from our monthly Healthy Living Series and other discussions by health experts.

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.

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

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

Greater Good Science Center 
University of California Berkeley

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

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

Connect with us! Join Massey's online communities. 
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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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