Classes for those with cancer, families and caregivers

December 02, 2016
Classes for Cancer Patients Families and Caregivers2

The Swedish Cancer Institute offers programs to assist cancer patients, survivors, their families, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing symptoms and accessing complementary programs to help the mind, body and spirit to heal. Call 1-800-SWEDISH (1-800-793-3474) or visit

www.swedish.org/classes for more information or to register for a class.

ABC – After Breast Cancer: What’s Next?

A free six-week group for women to learn practical life skills to help rebuild after active breast cancer treatment is completed.

Active Women, Healthy Women

Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to join this certified instructor-led class. From cancer patients to survivors, there is an exercise activity appropriate for you. Co-sponsored by Team Survivor Northwest, this class focuses on stretching, strength training and cardio workouts. Ten sessions.

American Cancer Society: Look Good Feel Better

This class focuses on skin care, cosmetics, hair care and hair loss and is designed for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer and Finances 101

When you or a loved one received a cancer diagnosis, money is likely the last thing you want to think about.
Taking control of your financial concerns right from the start can help alleviate some of that stress. The class will help you understand the direct and indirect costs of treatment, and introduce you to community resources and governmental programs that are available to assist with health care costs.

Don’t Keep Putting It Off

An oncology social worker will explain the elements of end of-life planning, including medical power of attorney, living wills and hospice. Relevant handouts will be provided.

Gentle Yoga

Create balance in the body, breath and mind in this therapeutic class with registered yoga instructor Ann Ford. No experience necessary. Bring a mat or a blanket.

PCC Walk, Talk and Taste Tour — Foods that Help Prevent the “Big C”

Learn some basic nutrition principles that will help you stay healthy throughout your life, and sample some delicious foods that may help prevent cancer and other diseases. Nick, PCC nutrition educator, will share many tips and tricks to help you incorporate more cancer-preventing foods into your daily diet, and answer your food and nutrition questions in this fun, informal class. You will leave with new recipe ideas, tips for eating well on a budget and a PCC coupon to help you put what you learn into practice.

Savvy Solutions for Side Effects

Cancer treatment can cause several side effects, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, chemo brain, neuropathy and possible lymphedema, all of which can be disruptive to your daily life and routines. Join us to discuss how to manage and minimize these side effects through the use of strategies, equipment and gadgets to maintain an optimal life style during cancer treatment.

This article is from the Winter 2016 issue of Life to the Fullest, the newsletter from the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) dedicated to those with cancer, cancer survivors, and their family members and caregivers.

Topics: Cancer