COVID-19 UPDATES click here.

We have updated our response as of 6/15/2020

More information about how we're modifying our programs here.

We are currently offering Calming Strategies & Relaxation Integrative therapy at this time. 

We will continue to post updates as we have them.  


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.



Please call 586-1642 to schedule. 


Calming Strategies & Relaxation

CranioSacral Therapy

Therapeutic Facials

High Horse Hill - Therapy Horses

Massage Therapy

Reiki (Individual Sessions)

Reiki Nights (Monthly Schedule)


Storytelling - "I Wish I had Asked"




Calming Strategies & Relaxation

for Every Step of Your Healing

& “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster”™

with Ann Buscemi, CHT

By Appointment

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.

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Acupuncture with Nancy Lustgarten, Lic.Ac., RN

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.

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CranioSacral Therapy

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.

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Therapeutic Facials

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.

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Farm Retreat at High Horse Hill

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.

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Massage Therapy with Bernadette Nicholson, LMT

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 &amp Janice Peterman, LMT has many benefits for people with cancer, such as reducing anxiety, easing pain and fatigue, and improving sleep. Physician approval required.

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Reflexology with Peggy Schjeldahl, M.A., L.M.T.

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.

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Reiki with Nancy Carter-Price


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.

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Monthly Reiki Nights


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 has been CANCELLED - Due to concerns about Covid-19. 

    We appreciate your understanding.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020


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

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I Wish I Had Asked - recording your stories

with Ralph Lowen

By Appointment

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.

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Rays of Hope Logo

Funding for some of our programs and integrative therapies for

participants with breast cancer is provided by Rays of Hope.


Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223