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 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 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 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 2: November 6 - December 20

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.

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

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.

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