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Support Activities

Cancer Support Programs offers ongoing support activities that speak to the interests of many cancer survivors. People get to know one another in the context of skill-building and body/mind activities. They recognize cancer is only one part of their experience.

  • Groups are open to anyone with cancer, regardless of when and where they may have been treated.
  • Registration is not required, but it's best to call ahead to inform the staff and to obtain any additional information.
  • Family members and friends are welcome.
  • Free parking is provided for most groups.

Body and Mind

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Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Yoga is a safe and gentle exercise that uses stretching, deep breathing, and relaxation. It may lessen pain and fatigue for cancer survivors, reduce back and joint aches, and help with insomnia and anxiety. Parking validation is provided.

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Qigong (pronounced "chee-kong") is the study ("kung") of human energy ("qi"). It was developed 2,500 years ago in China and involves a total system of physical, mental, and spiritual exercises that deal with the promotion of health. Exercises release tension, strengthen the body and immune system, and increase mindfulness. Parking validation is provided.

1st Wednesday of the month, 6:15-7:15pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Healthy Steps is a routine of guided exercises that are fun and therapeutic. They aim to improve lymphatic drainage, range of motion, flexibility, and balance. They are particularly beneficial to women who have had breast surgery with removal of lymph nodes. Parking validation is provided.

2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 6:15-7:15pm
Moakley Lobby

Zumba is fun dance exercise inspired by Latin and international rhythms. The classes are for all levels of fitness and ability. Have a great time and get a good physical workout. Parking validation is provided.

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Mindfulness is paying attention to whatever is going on inside you and around you in the present moment, noticing these things but not judging them. The class offers readings, recordings, and discussions to help participants better understand mindfulness and its benefits, as well as exercises and meditations to experience and practice mindfulness. Parking validation is provided.

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

The class offers a variety of exercises involving stretching, movement, music, meditation, and mindfulness techniques, with the aim of (1), increasing body awareness, flexibility, strength, coordination, and pain relief, and (2), dealing more effectively with mindstates and feelings that affect peace of mind and healing.

Regardless of health challenges faced, participants can benefit from all aspects of this class. Participants may join at any point and attend whatever parts they like. Parking validation is provided.


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3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm
Moakley 3rd Floor Conference Room

Each month, participants learn how to make a fun, simple craft that they can take home. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Come share a laugh and get creative! Parking validation is provided.

Last Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Come spend some time knitting and socializing with other survivors at one of two knitting groups. Materials, a variety of patterns, and basic instruction are provided. All levels of experience are welcome. Parking validation is provided.

Diet & Nutrition

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3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:45-3:45pm
Yawkey ACC, 2nd floor, Demonstration Kitchen

Free cooking demonstrations show how to make easy dishes that are good for people who are dealing with cancer or diabetes, who want to manage their weight, or who just generally want to stay healthy! Recipe sheets and samples of the dishes are provided. Parking validation is provided.

Note: The day and time shown here are for the cooking demonstration for cancer survivors. For more information and a full schedule of classes, including those focusing on weight management, diabetes, and more, visit the Food Demonstration Kitchen or call 617.414.3840.