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January 2021

Hello 2021 and goodbye 2020! Welcome to another year of opportunities for participation in integrative health programs for you, your family and friends at Massey Cancer Center. If you are not familiar with what integrative health means, let me help you gain some understanding. First, let’s start with conventional care. That’s the care you will receive from your healthcare providers at Massey. It’s traditional healthcare, such as surgery, medicine (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, etc.), and radiation treatments. Traditional healthcare is considered mainstream medicine. There are several types of non-mainstream approaches to healthcare, one of which is integrative health.
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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.
Women's Support Group 
Mondays, January 4 & 18, 6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884
Dial in: 1-877-853-5247
Challenging Emotional Eating
Friday, January 8, 1 pm
Watch on Massey's Facebook page
VCU Health registered dietitian Dana Henderson will discuss healthy eating habits.
The RAMble: Walking for Wellness
Saturday, January 16, 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.

Yoga for Cancer Patients & Survivors
Mondays, January 18 - March 8, 5:30 pm
8-week online series.To register, email Susan Chandler at
Mindfulness Group
Fridays, January 8 & 22, 12 pm
Meeting ID: 237 807 7884
Dial in: 1-877-853-5247
Cancer Awareness: Cervical Cancer
Date and time TBD
Watch on Massey's Facebook 
Massey director of gynecologic oncology Dr. Leslie Randall will discuss the latest information on cervical cancer. 
Healthy Living Series: Cancer Myths
Tuesday, January 19, 5:30 pm
Watch on Massey's Facebook
Massey medical oncologist Dr. Mary Helen Hackney, pharmacist Mandy Gatesman and registered dietitian Allie Farley will discuss common cancer myths. 
Cancer Prevention
Thursday, January 28, 12 pm
Dr. Suzie Park will discuss ways to live healthier in order to prevent cancer. Click here to register.
Massey Resources

Supplements: All About Zinc
Zinc is frequently used to prevent and treat the common cold, and among persons with cancer, it’s also used to prevent changes in taste from radiation therapy and prevent and treat sores in the mouth.

Chemo 101

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

Relaxation breathing

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

The FRESH Initiative
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.

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.

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. 
(804) 828-8478 | Ask Massey |
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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