Cancer Support

MidState offers a wide range of support programs to help our patients and others in our community overcome the health-related challenges they face and assist in their return to wellness. Our programs often positively impact not only the individuals seeking help, but also their families and caregivers. MidState is proud of its holistic approach to healthcare, believing that body, mind and spirit are all powerful contributors to our wellbeing. Our support programs are one way we ensure that the mind and spirit are not forgotten.

The Cancer Center

View our Calendar to find information on the programs listed below.

Afternoon Breast Cancer Support Group "Bosom Buddies"
In this support group, cancer survivors help other cancer survivors alleviate the fear and anxiety that comes with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Art Therapy
In these weekly classes (Thursdays), led by a certified art therapist, cancer patients can explore and express their emotions through various artistic mediums. Patients do not need special art skills, just a desire to participate in this therapeutic process.

Cancer Survivorship Clinic
Join Diane Lafferty, LCSW and Kathy Clements, RN, to explore information about physical, social, emotional and spiritual questions that may arise after cancer treatment is completed. Coping methods and Integrative Therapies will also be discussed.

Healthy-Steps - Moving you to better health with the Lebed Method
This group offers an effective therapeutic program of exercise and movement to music for anyone who has experienced breast cancer, other cancers, or chronic illnesses. Designed to help women experience total body movement and ease their adjustment to a new body image.

Hispanic Breast Cancer Support Group
This group is designed specifically for Hispanic women who have been diagnosed with cancer. It also provides help to family members and loved ones. Registration is required. Contact Tina Rodriguez at 203.694.8249. Se habla español.

Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group
In this group, support is available for patients and families dealing with the unique challenges of these diseases. Join other patients who have been diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and Multiple Myeloma. Caregivers are welcome. This program is offered in partnership with Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

"Look Good, Feel Better"
This program is designed for women undergoing cancer treatment. It features a licensed cosmetologist who provides supportive techniques on skin, makeup, and hair care. This is a free, non-medical, product-neutral program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors
Following breast cancer treatment, many women fear resuming an active lifestyle. Pilates provides a gentle re-introduction to exercise. This modified class is facilitated by Linda Durhan, M.D. Physician permission is required.

Prostate Support Group
Men in various stages of treatment and recovery share their experiences. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Support issues alternate with guest speakers.

Songwriting Clinic for Cancer Survivors
Cancer survivors can join our board-certified music therapist for a workshop exploring healing with words and music. Presented by the Cancer Center at MidState Medical Center and Heather Wagner, BC-MT.

Women's Cancer Support Group
Designed for women diagnosed with cancer, this group can provide great emotional support and strength.

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