Patient and Family Support Services

Dear Friends,

Patient and family support services are still active!

For the safety of patients, staff, and volunteers, all classes, support groups and most programs will be held virtually through August 2021.

Please email cancersupport@hitchcock.org to learn more.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Andrea Buccellato, Program Manager
Michelle Davis, Resource Specialist

Patient and Family Support Services offer a variety of free programs that enhance the well-being of patients and caregivers throughout the cancer journey.

To learn more about any of these programs:

  • Email us at cancersupport@hitchcock.org
  • Call Patient and Family Support Services at (603) 650-7751
  • Call the Cancer Help Line at (800) 639-6918

Programs, classes, and support groups

No matter where you live or receive your cancer treatment you can join a support group, or participate in one of our programs or classes.

We encourage you to make use of these opportunities to keep your body, mind, and spirit strong.

Programs and classes

For dates and times, visit our Norris Cotton Cancer Center: Patients and Families Events website.

Acupressure

Learn a relaxing practice that can be applied to living with cancer before, during, and after treatment.

Creative Writing

Our Creative Writer provides you and your family the opportunity to tell and listen to stories, write poetry, prose, or letters. No prior writing experience is needed.

Gentle Chair Yoga

Our gentle classes teach controlled breathing and simple movements. This is a beginner-level class and no experience is necessary. Patients and supporters of all fitness levels are welcome. Join from the comfort of home.

Healthy Cooking Demonstrations

Discover delicious, easy ways to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables which may help boost your overall sense of well-being and reduce your risk of cancer recurrence.

Meditation

Workshops designed to help you relax and be more present in your day-to-day life. No experience necessary.

Pam's Class - Group Exercise for Women

An exercise class for women with cancer and/or upper body lymphedema. This class is open to women of all fitness levels.

Tai Chi/Qigong

A gentle practice that can help to ease stress and tension and develop a calm center. Our class will teach seated and standing postures and meditations with a focus on the breath. No experience is necessary.

Visual Arts

Our Visual Artist helps you and your supporters find their own place of expression. No previous art experience is needed.

You can also take advantage of our:

Chair massage

Professionally licensed massage therapists provide 15-minute chair massages to patients and their supporters. Due to an abundance of caution, each massage therapist wears a mask, face shield, and gown in order to protect patients and supporters. Massage is currently offered in Lebanon and St Johnsbury locations.

Resource library

Our library offers books, CDs, and DVDs on a wide variety of cancer-related topics. Please check with our 2K Receptionist to borrow items from the library. Please inquire about printed materials available to you at the location where you receive treatment.

Therapeutic harp

The harp produces music that can aid in the healing process of body, mind, and spirit. Our Therapeutic Harpist offers a supportive and restorative service tailored to your needs. Our Therapeutic Harpists plays in the cancer center in Lebanon on Thursdays. We welcome you to enjoy the experience while socially distanced.

Support groups

For meeting dates, please visit our Norris Cotton Cancer Center: Support Groups website.

Blood Cancer: Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Support

2nd Wednesday, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
A group for people with any type of blood cancer at any stage and/or partners, family members and friends.

Caregiving for Someone with Serious Illness

1st Tuesday, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
By taking care of yourself, you can better care for another—a group for partners, family members and friends.

Living with Cancer
For any Cancer any Stage

2nd and 4th Thursday, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
A group for patients with any cancer diagnosis, during or after treatment, and/or partners, family members, and friends.

Melanoma Support

1st Tuesday, 5:45 to 7:00 pm
This is a group for people with melanoma at any stage. Join and receive support from others.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support

1st Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
A group for people with stage IV breast cancer. Join us for support and education.

Prostate Cancer Support

4th Monday, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Education and support for men and/or partners, family members, and friends.

Thriving after Breast Cancer Support

3rd Wednesday, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
This group provides support and education for women who are beyond their initial treatment for breast cancer.

Supporting Patient and Family Support Services

All our programs, which are offered free of charge, are supported by grateful patients and corporate and institutional donors.

To add your support, please contact Andrea Buccellato, Manager of Patient & Family Support Services, at (603) 650-7776 or Andrea.C.Buccellato@Hitchcock.org.