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A cancer diagnosis can be a very stressful experience for patients as well as caregivers, friends and family. Learning to manage and decrease stress caused by cancer or everyday concerns can reduce depression, anxiety, and symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment and increase your overall sense of well-being.

Free Online Meditation Exercises

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Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

For more information, call (805) 879-5690.  

Support Group

Tools for Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

This group provides a safe place for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer to share and learn coping skills for the cancer journey. The group will discuss common issues that affect most people when they are initially diagnosed, such as shock, sharing the diagnosis or not, regaining control, dealing with a new self-image, living with uncertainty, and more.

Schedule: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 W. Pueblo St., Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
For more information, see the Cancer Center calendar.

Books at the Cancer Resource Library

Wellness Classes

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of wellness programs to support patients from diagnosis, through treatment and life after treatment. Most programs are offered free-of-charge. For information regarding eligibility and upcoming dates, please see Cancer Center Calendar or call (805) 879-5678.

Stress Management 101

When the body is in a stress free place, it is able to focus its resources on mending and healing itself. Join us for this four-week series to learn about stress management techniques to incorporate into your life. Topics include mindfuless and guided meditation; gentle seated stretching; focused breath awareness; self massage and tapping; and aromatherapy.

Schedule: For upcoming dates and times, see the Cancer Center calendar.
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, 2nd floor Multipurpose Room

Healing Touch

Healing Touch (HT) is a non-invasive complementary therapy which utilizes light touch techniques to promote relaxation, and increase overall well-being. Research has shown that HT can be helpful in managing the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatment.

Sessions available by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (805) 879-5678.
Schedule: Tuesdays 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Sessions are 50 minutes.
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, 2nd floor Integrative Medicine Room

For more information, call (805) 879-5678

Meditation for Relaxation

A regular meditation practice improves your mental, physical and emotional states. Learn the basics including breathing techniques, visualization and guided imagery.

Schedule: Thursdays, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, 2nd floor Multipurpose Room

For more information, see the Cancer Center calendar.

The Cancer Center offers two yoga classes. Yoga for Strength and Empowerment is focused on relieving muscle tension, increasing flexibility and total body conditioning. Gentle Therapeutic Yoga for Health & Healing is a restorative class featuring supported yoga postures, breath work, and guided imagery to hlep manage side effects, reduce stress and support healing. Both classes are appropriate for all levels; no prior yoga experience is needed.

Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For upcoming dates and times, see the Cancer Center calendar.
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, 2nd floor Multipurpose Room

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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