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September 2021

In the midst of the latest surge from the Delta variant of COVID-19 and news headlines guaranteed to add stress, Massey’s Integrative Health program strives to bring you information and programs designed to support you and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Topics this month include spiritual resources for coping during crises, advances in the treatment of breast cancer, “chemo brain,” and an award-winning film about prostate cancer. Try a mindfulness meditation class, yoga or attend a support group for women with cancer. The Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia (CACV) will be presenting a virtual conference on three Wednesday mornings in September. This is open to cancer survivors, caregivers, medical personnel and other stakeholders but you must register to attend. Click here for more information about CACV and the conference, including the event agenda and list of invited speakers.

We hope you will enjoy reading this month’s edition of Health in Harmony. We are honored to be a part of your healthcare team.

Event Schedule
Weekly Farm Stand
Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm 

North Hospital entrance
Purchase locally-grown produce every week at North Hospital courtesy of Shalom Farms
Mindfulness Group
Fridays, September 10 & 24, 12 pm
Relax and relieve stress with mindfulness. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact

CACV Virginia Cancer Conference 
Wednesdays, September 15, 22 & 29
9:30 am-12:30 pm

This free virtual conference is open to cancer survivors, caregivers, medical personnel and other stakeholders. Click here to register.

Women's Cancer Support Group
Monday, September 20, 6:30-7:30pm
A safe space for women affected by cancer. Register and receive the Zoom link by emailing
The Black Walnut: A Prostate Cancer Awareness Event
Saturday, September 25, 1-4 pm
Petersburg Public Library

Watch Terrance Afer-Anderson’s award-winning film. Click here to register or call 804-628-2364.
Yoga for Cancer Patients & Survivors
Thursdays, September 30 to November 18, 5:30 pm
You must pre-register and sign a waiver to participate. Class is limited to 10 people. To sign
up, email
Spiritual Care: Coping Resources for Crisis
Thursday, September 9, 1 pm
Speaker: Jason Callahan, chaplain at Massey's Thomas Palliative Care Unit. Watch live at Massey's Facebook.
Cancer-related Cognitive Changes: Beyond Chemo Brain (Rescheduled from August 24)
Tuesday, September 14, 12 pm
Speaker: Autumn Lanoye, Ph.D., of Massey’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Watch live at Massey's Facebook.
The RAMble: Walking for Wellness
Saturday, September 18, 8:30 am
Stony Point Fashion Park

Returning to an in-person walk! Meet Susan Hong, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, director of Massey’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Participants must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Click here for more details. 
Coffee & Conversation
Friday, September 24, 9 am-12 pm
North Hospital entrance

Chat with cancer survivors while enjoying light refreshments courtesy of our volunteers.
Health and Wellness Library - A String of Pearls: Updates on Breast Cancer Care
Tuesday, September 28, 12 pm
Speaker: Massey medical oncologist Mary Helen Hackney, M.D. Click here to register.
Art at the Infusion Center
Tuesday mornings at North Hospital
Art therapy projects for patients receiving chemotherapy. To schedule a visit, email

The American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO), the voice of the world's cancer physicians and oncology professionals, is dedicated to bringing expertise and resources to people living with cancer and those who care for them. Visit their website to learn more about monthly cancer awareness topics. Take some time to explore and find out more about each one of these topics. Educate yourself and participate with those activities that are meaningful to you. Remember, you make a difference - your advocacy makes a difference. You are the change you are waiting for.

September is:
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Pain Awareness Month

September 21: Take a Loved One to a Doctor Day
September 24: World Cancer Research Day
September 29 - October 5: National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

All About Magnesium
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals found in the human body and is considered essential for energy production. Required for protein synthesis, nerve and muscle function and more.

How to Become a Massey Volunteer
Applying to become a volunteer is a multi-step process. Though it may seem tedious at times, please understand that each requirement is in place to help keep the hospitals and clinics safe for everyone.

Relaxation Breathing

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

Chemo 101

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

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.

The RAMble Has a New Webpage
There’s promising evidence that yoga may help people with some chronic diseases manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

The Health Benefits of Yoga
There’s promising evidence that yoga may help people with some chronic diseases manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Confidently Me: Massey Cosmetics Program
Learn about the cosmetic services offered by the Massey Wig Salon. For further information about salon services or to make an appointment, call 804-828-8709.

Tobacco Cessation
Trying to quit? Contact Connie Clark, Massey tobacco treatment specialist, at

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

• 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
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

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

For ongoing updates from VCU Health, visit 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

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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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