Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

Wellness For Life

Wellness For Life Program Download

For many people, the transition to survivorship serves as strong motivation to make positive lifestyle changes. Although cultivating healthy habits is a good idea for anyone, it is especially important for cancer survivors. This is because survivors are often at higher risk for developing other health problems as a result of their cancer treatment. Healthy behaviors can help survivors regain or build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce the risk of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more.

Your journey at Regional Cancer Center incorporates a focus on mind-body-spirit well-being from the day you walk through our doors. We are committed to integrating wellness components into your care and treatment. We want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer.

Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition and mind-body-spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and weight gain.

In keeping with our mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with the Glenwood YMCA , BLOOM Collaborative and The Village of Healing and Wellness to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environment at both locations.

These classes will be taught by experts in their field and will be offered to cancer survivors and caregivers only, completely free of charge.

Classes at the Glenwood YMCA:

Please inform the Y what class(es) you are interested in and that you are a Wellness for Life participant. All classes will take place at the Glenwood YMCA’s Holistic Center.

To register for any of the below classes, please visit the Registration Desk IN PERSON at the Glenwood YMCA. If you are a current WFL/YMCA participant, you maybe call (814) 868-0867 to register. Please inform the Y what class(es) you are interested in and that you are a Wellness for Life participant.

Gentle and Restorative Yoga

A practice that combines movements to help increase physical strength, stamina and mental focus to reduce the effects of chronic stress. It stimulates and soothes the organs by providing a complete supportive environment for total relaxation.

Instructor: Ledys Negron, CYT, RMT

Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noon to 1:00 p.m.

  • Session 1: September 5 - October 24
  • Session 2: November 7 - December 19

Chair Yoga

A gentle approach to yoga using seated as well as standing postures. Stretch and strengthen your muscles while lubricating your joints. Learn to deepen your breath and quiet your thoughts. Start where you are – no prior yoga experience needed.

Instructor: Chris Sanner, 200 RYT

Thursdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noon to 1:00 p.m.

  • Session 1: September 7 - October 26
  • Session 2: November 9 - December 21

Gentle Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to revitalize your practice, this class provides you with the tools & inspiration you need to make yoga, and its benefits, a regular part of your life.

Instructor: Cynthia Peters, 200 RYT

Thursdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

  • Session 1: September 7 - October 26
  • Session 2: November 9 - December 21

Strength and Courage

This class aims to preserve muscle tone and joint motion, combat treatment related side effects, increase energy & self-confidence. The class will be held in our Comfort Zone, a smaller more secluded area that includes exercise bikes, treadmill, and simple to use strength equipment. Strength & Courage will incorporate a little of everything!

Instructor: Robin Adams, Certified Trainer

Mon/Wed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. OR Tues/Thurs. . . . . . . . . . 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

  • Session 1: September 6 - October 25
  • Session 2: November 6 - December 20

The Village of Healing and Wellness

Sifu Fred Popeski, 5th Generation of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System, is the owner of The Village of Healing and Wellness and Mind Body Healing. Fred has studied the martial arts since 1992 with Tai Chi as his main area of interest. He has always had an interest in helping people maintain health and wellness. He is also a Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner and Certified Instructor, which is a natural healing modality. Fred also holds certificates in several other modalities. The combination of Mind Body Healing and Wu Yi Jie He Family System is a great benefit not only for himself but for his clients as well. Fred stresses that while a healing session can be beneficial, Tai Chi and Q iGong allows the client to participate in their own well-being. Fred continues his training with Sifu George Picard, a Four Generation Master of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System.

Qi Gong for Health, Healing and Longevity

This Qi Gong class, for both men and women, is a combination of two ideas. “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body. “Gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. It consists of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises. It is believed that regular practice of Qi Gong helps to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help individuals maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. This 6 week session will take place at The Village of Healing & Wellness in the Colony Plaza, 2558 West 8th Street, Erie, PA.

Tuesdays, September 26- October 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Classes at the Regional Cancer Center Listed Below:

Wellness For Life Program Download

The following classes will be held at The Regional Cancer Center: Please register online here or by contacting Amy Van Scoter by email or phone @ 814-836-2643

Circle of Hope Crochet Group

All levels of crocheters are welcome to join this group of cancer survivors and caregivers. If you are experienced in crocheting or knitting, feel free to bring your own project. For beginners, please bring a size h hook and a medium worsted weight skein of yarn (#4). Materials will be provided, free of charge, for those that need them. This group will be held in the Wellness for Life art area..

Every Friday, starting September 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Look Good Feel Better

A program through the American Cancer Society, the Look Good Feel Better program is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The classes can improve your self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community! See below for class locations and times. You must register by calling the ACS at 1-800-277-2345.

St. Vincent Health Center, Women’s Diagnostic Center, November 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

UPMC Hamot, Women’s Imaging Center at Sterling Square, September 18 and December 18. . .6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Midweek Massage

Join Lisa Mertz, LMT who is trained in oncology massage, as she offers massage clinics, here at RCC. While it doesn’t treat the cancer itself, massage can reduce anxiety and pain, decrease nausea, and improve energy and well-being. The Massage Clinic is offered on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Please contact Amy Van Scoter by email or phone @ 814-836-2643 to schedule.

Reiki Wednesdays

How can a Reiki treatment benefit you? It can promote a peaceful, deep relaxation, decrease stress and anxiety, support your inner well being both during and after treatment, and can dissolve energy blockages and tension. Join Cheri Seelinger, Reiki Master, for a Reiki treatment, here at RCC. Please contact Amy Van Scoter by email or phone @ 814-836-2643 to schedule.

Lymphedema Massage

Join Anita Gray, LMT and Certified Lymphedema Therapist as she offers massages for women suffering from lymphedema. Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often surgery for breast cancer. Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is directed towards the heart from the fingertips, up the arm, towards the shoulder, using very specific directions and strokes to reduce the inflammation caused by lymphedema. Please contact Amy Van Scoter by email or phone @ 814-836-2643 to schedule.

Wednesday, November 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncture can improve your quality of life by managing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapies, reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep, supporting normal digestive function and reducing stress. Join Maki Kurata, Licensed Acupuncturist, for an acupuncture session here, at RCC. . Appointments are forty-five minutes and by appointment only. Preference will be given to people who are currently in treatment or within one year of finishing treatment. Please contact Amy Van Scoter by email or phone @ 814-836-2643 to schedule.

Wednesday, November 1

Group Acupuncture

Join Maki Kurata, Licensed Acupuncturist, as she offers this group experience using auricular (ear) acupuncture to help balance the body, calm the spirit and build energy. This class is a perfect introduction to learn more about acupuncture and how it might benefit you. Preference will be given to people who are currently in treatment or within one year of finishing treatment. This class is limited to twelve people and will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Wednesday, October 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sound Healing for the Soul

Join Nancy as she discusses how sound healing can clear your energy centers, balance your mind, and energize your spirit. Nancy uses ancient energetic techniques and Tibetan Singing Bowl practices to restore energy and promote healing. Nancy will end the evening with a peaceful, deeply restorative sound healing, vibrational relaxation. This class will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Wednesday, October 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Art Therapy

Open Studio

Experience activities that will allow yourself to reflect, relax and have fun while learning positive ways to help cope with the stress and worry that you may be dealing with. There is something for everyone’s interest. Experience this artistic healing with our Art Therapist, Rose Baker. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials will be provided.

Every Monday, Starting September 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Support Groups

Tobacco Cessation Class

Quit in time for the Holidays! Are you ready to quit but don’t know where to start? Fortunately, there’s help available. Join this 6 week, free of charge class sponsored by the Erie County Department of Health and learn the tools to help you quit once and for all. This group will take place in the West Conference Room.

Wednesdays, October 11-November 15. . . . . . . . 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Wellness for Life Caregiver Lunch and Learn

Are you a primary caregiver to someone dealing with cancer? We invite you to The Regional Cancer Center’s Caregiver Lunch & Learn. Learn about the ABC’s of care giving and what resources are available to you and for you. Bring your own insight, thoughts, and concerns as you meet other caregivers and support staff from RCC. This program will take place in the Main Conference Room and lunch will be provided.

Contact Ann Marie Cronk, RCC Social Worker, at 814-836-2618 or to register or for more information.

Friday, November 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noon to 1:00 p.m.

content management, website design, e-commerce and web development services in Erie, Pennsylvania