Mind and Body Support
Cancer Connection offers programs and support free of charge for men, women and children living with a cancer diagnosis, their families and friends. Please read our information regarding the scheduling of appointments.
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS by Appointment.
Please call 586-1642 to schedule.
and Laurel Turk, Lic.Ac.
Appointments are flexible call for more information
Nancy Lustgarten is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing in Northampton since 2000. She has been working at Cancer Connection since 2008, and has recently completed a training through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center called “Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient”.
Laurel Turk is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing in the Pioneer Valley since 1996. She has been providing acupuncture at the Cancer Connection since 2013. She has also completed the Memorial Sloan Kettering training.
Acupuncture is a safe and painless form of traditional Chinese medicine. In this system, the body is seen as having a network of pathways called meridians, through which the life force energy of the body, called qi (“chi”), flows. Very fine needles, which are sterile and disposable, are used to access this qi via specific points along the meridians in order to restore balance by helping to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.
For cancer patients, Acupuncture can be helpful for side effects from cancer treatments, such as: pain, neuropathy, fatigue, nausea, anxiety. depression, insomnia, poor appetite, dry mouth, hot flashes, constipation, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems following surgery. For caregivers, Acupuncture can be helpful to relieve the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one with a cancer diagnosis.
Acupuncture treatments are scheduled for six sessions.
Calming Strategies & Relaxation
for Every Step of Your Healing
& “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster”™
with Ann Buscemi, CHT
Ann is certified in therapeutic hypnosis and emotional healing, and is certified to present "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster"™ workshops. Her sessions focus on relaxation and visualization techniques. which impact all aspects of healing and self-care. Whether you are facing surgery, chemo or radiation therapies, any medical procedures, or simply the stress of life, these techniques make a profound difference.
with Pat Joyce, CranioSacral therapist
Appointments in Northampton
Physician approval required.
Feel better, calmer and more centered after a CranioSacral session with Pat. CranioSacral therapy may reduce your pain and increase your energy and sense of well-being.
with Rebekah Markham
Appointments in Northampton at various times, including weekends
Physician approval required.
Rebekah is a trained esthetician with over a decade of experience. If you’re concerned about your skin during or after treatment, call Cancer Connection for an appoiintment with Rebekah. These treatments are longer than Rebekah's regular signature facials. This service is specifically suited for those going through treatment or those who have recently finished their cancer treatments.
with Katey Grey
Visit the therapy horses and the organic garden as an individual integrative therapy or with family members or a small group. Requires special doctor’s note; please call for information and to schedule. Please download the required forms here.
Appointments on Fridays through February
*Coming later this spring - massage appointments in South Hadley on Tuesdays
Janice Peterman, LMT from The Healing Zone
Appointments on Wednesdays
Massage Therapy by skilled, oncology certified, licensed therapists Bernadette Nicholson, LMT & Janice Peterman, LMT has many benefits for people with cancer, such as reducing anxiety, easing pain and fatigue, and improving sleep. Physician approval required.
Appointments on Thursdays
Reflexology is a gentle thumb-pressure technique that stimulates nerve endings in the feet and hands, corresponding to various parts of the body inducing deep relaxation. This soothing massage of the lower legs, feet and hands, combined with Reiki, help strengthen the immune system, activate circulation and restore a state of balance and calm. Peggy Schjeldahl is a certified reflexologist.
Tuesdays at Cancer Connection, late Friday afternoons in downtown Northampton and Wednesdays in South Hadley
Reiki is a gentle but powerful hands-on technique that promotes relaxation, stress reduction, and healing. Reiki Master Teacher Nancy Carter-Price has more than 15 years of healing experience. Nancy is Adviser of the Reiki Team for Monthly Reiki Night.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
NO AUGUST MRN
Monday, September 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
No Appointment Needed
Drop in anytime between 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Please plan to arrive by 8:00 pm to receive a Reiki session) Reiki is an excellent complement to conventional medical treatment and psychotherapy. Experience this gentle but powerful method of relaxation and stress reduction. Our phenomenal team of Reiki practitioners offer Reiki treatments for individuals and family members.
Are you a Reiki practitioner interested in joining our Monthly Reiki Night Team? Please click here to download an application for the Reiki team.
with Ralph Lowen
Storytelling is good for us. Each of us is an amalgam of our family histories and stories and we draw our strength from them – from the challenges we've overcome to the things that make us laugh.
Ralph enables participants to share their stories through the perspective of what future generations might ask. Starting with a simple question, like, What was your first job, or When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? or How did you learn to drive? Participants record their stories and preserve them to share with friends and family. Ralph hopes to create an archive for the families of each participant to have for years to come. Learn more about Ralph and "I Wish I had Asked" in this short (3 1/2 mins) video.
Funding for some of our programs and integrative therapies for
participants with breast cancer is provided by Rays of Hope.