Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

Wellness For Life

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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.

To register for any of the YMCA classes, please call Robin at the Glenwood Y at (814) 868-0867 ×245.

To register for the BLOOM Collaborative and The Village class, please call Sarah, RCC Survivorship Navigator at (814) 836-2643

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.

Restorative Yoga and Beyond

A practice that will blend yoga poses to help reduce the effect 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: May 9 - June 27
  • Session 3: July 11 - August 15

Chair Yoga/ Gentle Yoga: The Perfect Start!

A gentle form of yoga in a chair or standing using a chair for balance. Advocates of this practice claim this type of yoga can reduce high blood pressure & anxiety, alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue, arthritis, MS, carpal tunnel, clinical depression and chronic pain.

Instructor: Cynthia Peters, 200 RYT

Thursdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

  • Session 1: May 11 - June 29
  • Session 2: July 13 - August 17

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: May 11 - June 29
  • Session 3: July 13 - August 17

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

Mondays and Wednesdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

  • Session 2: May 8 - July 3
  • Session 3: July 10 - August 16

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, May 16 - June 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Bloom Collaborative

BLOOM is located on a four acre oasis in the center of Erie, Pennsylvania. Participants begin to heal the instant they step on campus, influenced by the picturesque surroundings. An atmosphere of fresh air, running water, colorful gardens and unique architecture together inspire visitors before even taking a class! The Carriage House Art Studio, Blossom’s Clay Studio, distinctive yoga studio and galleries all help participants find the language and the means to make their day better.

BLOSSOM’S Clay Studio, a one-of-a-kind ceramics studio crafted with beautiful materials and infused with natural light, provides everything you need to transform raw clay to finished form - whether an artfully glazed tile or sculpture, skillfully thrown port or a delicate teacup.

This inventive space on the BLOOM campus invited creativity and provides an opportunity that is unmatched in the region for using clay as a means to heal, grow and connect to others in the community.

To register for the BLOOM Collaborative class, please call Sarah, RCC Survivorship Navigator at (814) 836-2643

Healing with Clay Pottery Class

Join instructor Jessie Simmons and learn how to “mold” less stress and more peace into your life by learning the art of pottery. While working with clay, your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative ambitions and goals. Pottery is oftentimes described as therapeutic and relaxing; this thoughtful, artistic activity can open up the mind and relieve you of outside worries. This 4 week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Clay Workshop at 138 East 25th St., Erie.

Fridays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Session 2: June 9, 16, 23, 30

New at Bloom!

Join the Erie community in brightening the life of the children served at the Barber National Institute. Lee Steadman, well know international & local artist and Director of BLOOM, is taking the lead on painting a beautiful oceanscape mural to surround the state of the art pool at the Barber National Institute. This pool has a movable floor so children and adults with disabilities can utilize the pool and benefit from being in the
water. Different community groups will be taking part in painting part of the mural. RCC’s Wellness for Life program will be involved in painting one part of this mural that will surround the pool. Please join us by making your mark on the lives of the children in our community. Nothing makes us feel better than helping others! No art experience necessary. This 4 week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Main Building138 East 26th St., Erie.

Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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 by calling Sarah Humphrey, Survivorship Navigator at or at (814) 836-2643. You may also register online here

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. Just drop in and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something beautiful! This group will take place in the Courtyard Conference Room. Group will be cancelled in inclement weather. If unsure whether the class will be held, please call Sarah at 814-836-2643.

Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 to 11:30 a.m.

Physical Therapy Clinic

Are you suffering from the side effects of treatment such as peripheral neuropathy, balance issues, fatigue or generalized weakness? Gannon University’s Physical Therapy Doctorate students will have clinic days at RCC to assess patients and offer helpful recommendations that you can take home with you. Our goal is to improve daily function and quality of life for the cancer survivor. The clinic is by appointment only; please call 814-836-2605 to schedule and talk to one of our medical assistants or nurses. You must be a current or former RCC patient in order to make an appointment.

Instructors: Gannon University’s Doctoral Physical Therapy Staff and Students

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. Please talk to Sarah for a full schedule of dates at other locations.

April 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Regional Cancer Center, July 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. to Noon

St. Vincent Health Center, Women’s Diagnostic Center, May 15 and August 28. . . . . . . . . 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

UPMC Hamot, Women’s Imaging Center at Sterling Square, June 19 and September 18 . . . . . .6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Special Events

Reflections on Spirituality, A Women’s Faith Group

This group is for all women who are looking for a place to share their thoughts on faith while navigating their own cancer journey. Please join us every Monday as you are welcomed in to this safe, accepting and supportive group.

Every Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Lecture Series

Tobacco Cessation Class

It’s never too late to quit. 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.

Instructor: Alex Iorio, B.S., Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Erie County Department of Health

Wednesdays, August 2 - September 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Breast Cancer Surgery - Past, Present and Future

Please join Dr. Jennifer Saldanha, fellowship trained breast surgeon from St. Vincent Health System, Allegheny Health Network as she discusses how surgery for breast cancer is evolving towards a multimodality approach to treating cancer. Dr. Saldanha will address current surgical recommendations, review past surgical techniques, and how surgery plus effective medications can reduce the likelihood that cancer will return or spread. Dr. Saldanha will discuss what types of surgeries are most effective to achieve the best outcomes. This lecture will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Thursday, June 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Life After Prostate Cancer: Treatment & Managing Side Effects

Fighting prostate cancer is not easy and the side effects of treatment can be difficult to deal with. While surgery and/or radiation can be very effective, they can cause unwanted side effects. What are the side effects of surgery and radiation treatments? What should be expected from these types of therapies and how can these negative side effects be addressed? Please Join Shannon Zoltowski from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services as she discusses these issues and gives you tips to experience a better quality of life.

Instructor: Shannon Zoltowski, DPT, CLT

Wednesday, June 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Culinary Herbs: Kitchen Use and Beyond

Join Leslie as she comes back to RCC to talk about herbs and their many benefits in the kitchen. Experts recommend eating a variety of foods with many colors and flavors as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Herbs are a powerful tool to diversify your plate and palate and have been used for over 4,000 years. The benefits of cooking with herbs go far beyond adding color and flavor to meals. Summer is the height of herb season so you won’t want to miss this talk!

*Instructor: Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH (AHG) Clinical Herbalist, Educator, &

Tuesday, July 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Recovering From Breast Cancer Surgery and Feeling Your Best

For most women with breast cancer, surgery is part of their treatment plan. Understandably, many different emotions go along with this. How can you maintain a positive self image? What can you do to improve your range of motion? How can you prevent the side effect of lymphedema, which can occur after lymph nodes have been removed? Join Kay Maasz from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services as she discusses these very important issues and gives you helpful suggestions to feel YOUR best. This lecture will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Instructors: Kay Maasz, PT, MBA, CLT

Thursday, July 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Plant Based Eating 201: Using a Pressure Cooker for Quick & Healthy Meals

Join Lisa as she comes back to RCC to discuss how you can eat healthy plant based meals AND save time by using a pressure cooker. This type of cooking is making a comeback because of the many health benefits and because it can reduce cooking time by up to 70%. Lisa will demonstrate two meals that you, too, can make easily and affordably. As Lisa says, “this isn’t your mother’s pressure cooker!”

Instructor: Lisa Rose, VeganCheers Owner, Lifestyle Coach & Educator

Thursday, August 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.


Massage Mondays at RCC

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 Mondays of the month. Appointments are twenty-five minutes and by appointment only. Please call Sarah at 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. Appointments are twenty minutes and by appointment only. Please call Sarah at 814.836.2643 to schedule.

Acupuncture Clinic - CLASS FULL

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.

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 relaxation.

Instructor: Nancy Bowden, Certified Sound Healer

Wednesday, June 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Relax Your Mind, Relax Your Body

Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Join Julia for a class that encompasses support, health and healing. This is a 4 week class and will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Instructor: Julia Hamilton, Certified Yoga Therapist, RYT 500

Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23, 30. . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement

Living mindfully is all about embracing the present moment. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can bring a myriad of physical, emotional, and social benefits. Cultivating a personal practice can be difficult but you don’t have to be completely still to learn to meditate and be mindful. Join Michelee as she guides you through a practice that can increase positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress, reduce fatigue, improve focus and attention and bring peace to your day. This class will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Instructor: Michelee Curtze, Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Wednesday, July 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Expressive Therapy

Dr. Penny Orr is a Board Certified Art Therapist and will be completing her internship in counseling with The Regional Cancer Center. She is a two time cancer survivor and caregiver to others in her family. She is a mother, daughter, wife, artist and educator as well as a counseling intern. Penny looks forward to helping others to find peace and hope through creativity and compassion.

Expressive Journaling

This is an ongoing class in which you will use various creative techniques and materials to journal your feelings and emotions, based on specific prompts given at the start of each class. The process of creative journaling combines the right and left hemispheres of the brain in order to promote both mindful and creative functioning. It is structured in a way that puts you in charge of your own exploration, creative expression, and personal growth. Experience this artistic healing with our Art Therapist, Penny Orr or Rose Baker. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. This class will take place in the Courtyard Conference Room.

Tuesdays, June 13 - August 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Self Care Through Mindfulness Art Therapy

Join Penny or Rose as they instruct you on creative mindful techniques designed to address trauma and chronic stress. Using kinesthetic, sensory, affective, perceptual, cognitive and symbol expressions, we will build on strengths, normalize responses to trauma, allow for grief, improve self care practices and find meaning in our lives. We will be doing gentle yoga and breathing exercises, creating art expressions such as memory boxes, vision boards, prayer flags and other projects together. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. This class will take place in the Courtyard Conference Room.

Wednesdays, June 14 - August 23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Providing Support with Art

Are you an experienced crafter or would like to learn different crafts? Do you enjoy making things in the company of others? Join us to create together, to support each other, and to help others in their time of need by making items to donate. If you have projects you are working on, please feel free to bring them. We will also have crafting supplies and project ideas available. Tea and coffee will be at meetings so we can relax and enjoy each other’s company. This group is open to all cancer patients, caregivers, family members, and other support persons. Even if you don’t feel like creating, stop by and join us for a chat. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. This class will take place in the Courtyard Conference Room.

Thursdays, June 15 - August 24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Individual Expressive Healing Sessions

Do you need someone to talk to? Are you having a difficult time putting into words what you are feeling and experiencing? Join Rose Baker, Edinboro Art Therapy Intern in an individual session in which we can talk and create art together to explore your personal needs and concerns. By appointment only. Call Sarah at 836-2643 to schedule with Rose

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