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MASSAGE PROGRAM FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER: Massage therapy has been shown to offer a number of benefits for breast cancer patients. Some of the immediate benefits of massage therapy include reduced stress and anxiety, help in controlling lymphedema and increased energy. It also improved immune function, including increased NK cell number in breast cancer patients. Please call for approval. 845/339-4673 . Funded by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation  
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CAMP LIGHTHEART: A free sleepover camp for children from 8-14 who have a parent with breast cancer or have lost a parent to breast cancer. Held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY. For information: 845/339-4673 ___________________________________________________________________________
 RETREAT FOR WOMEN WITH METASTATIC BREAST CANCER: Participants are in a welcoming supportive environment where they can find understanding and support. This is an opportunity to look at the issues surrounding their breast cancer, gather information, and move beyond an intellectual understanding of the disease. Exploring feelings and fears is an essential part of the healing process. Participants enjoy guided discussions about issues specific to women with metastatic breast cancer, including dealing with difficult feelings, living with advanced breast cancer, decreasing stress. There are discussion groups, writing workshops, low-impact yoga, acupuncture sessions and much more. For information: 845/339-4673; hope@breastcanceroptions.org. There is no cost to participants to attend, other than the expenses involved in traveling to and from the retreat location.

TELEPHONE AND E-MAIL CONSULTATIONS:
A reliable resource for confidential answers to questions and for referrals for additional information or services

COMPANION/ADVOCATES for Breast Cancer-Related Medical Visits:
Companion/Advocates are Breast Cancer Survivors trained to accompany newly diagnosed patients or those facing a possible diagnosis to their medical appointments. A trained Companion Advocate is there for support, to ensure that important questions get asked and are answered, as a resource to verify exactly what was discussed at the visit, and to share their experience as Survivors.
ALL INFORMATION IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. NO MEDICAL ADVICE IS GIVEN AT ANY TIME. CALL US IF YOU NEED US TO ACCOMPANY YOU ON A VISIT


REFERRALS FOR FINANCIAL AND LEGAL PROBLEMS: Call for our pocket resource guide. Also see RESOURCES & LINKS page


COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE CONFERENCE: annual event


PEER-TO-PEER MENTORING: Call 845-339-HOPE if you are interested in speaking with a breast cancer survivor. We can provide resources and support for caregivers, families and spouses of women with breast cancer.



HEALTHY LIFESTYLES SUPPORT SERIES: The series looks at the ways we can make small and easy changes in our daily lives for optimum health. Topics covered are: Making Informed Decisions About Complementary/ Alternative Approaches; What to Eat & Why- An in-depth discussion food as medicine; Imagery & Healing; Risk Reduction Strategies. Looking at the evidence pointing to the benefits of "anti cancer" diets, exercise, managing stress, and removing harmful chemicals from the environment. We are often left on our own to put together a healthier way of living after a cancer diagnosis. Very often there is increased anxiety after conventional treatments are completed and we are at a loss at what to do to keep ourselves healthy. We return to high stress lives giving little thought to exercise, good nutrition, and risk reduction. Call for information