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

This practice is the application of yoga posture held for longer periods of time with support of yoga props to initiate deep relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. The gentle approach of Restorative Yoga will give cancer patients tools to help alleviate the stress, fatigue, fears and promote an uplifting spirit to work with the diseases

Instructor: Ledys Negron, CYT, RTM, RYT

Tuesdays, March 21 - April 25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon to 1 p.m.

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: Robin Adams, Certified Trainer

Thursdays, January 5 - February 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

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: Christine Sanner, Esq.

Thursdays, March 9 - April 27. . . . . 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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, March 6 - April 26. . . . . 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Fluid Recovery

A class for men and women who have felt the impact of cancer on their lives. A small, supportive environment uses warm-water exercise to positively impact aerobic functioning, decrease fatigue and increase quality of life. Using the properties of the water, this class will help build muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and increase range of motion with a focus on the shoulder/chest areas to reduce the likelihood of lymphedema. Participating in this class also offers you the opportunity to interact with others, find support, reduce stress, and improve your state of mind.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 7 - April 27. . . . . . . Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Best Fitness

Men's Only Exercise Class

Do you want to strengthen your muscles and bones, improve your sleep, have more energy and less fatigue, improve your mood and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence? If so, join our first Men’s Only Exercise class. You will be guided by Certified Personal Trainers Douglas Grieshaber and Richard Welton from Best Fitness. They will work with you to meet your personal goals, no matter where you might be in your cancer journey. You will have free membership to Best Fitness throughout the entire 6 weeks with NO pressure to join afterwards. This is a 6 week and program will take place at Best Fitness Erie, 2147 W. 12th St.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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, January 17 - March 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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, March 3, 10, 17, and 24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Mini-Masters Painting Class with Lee Steadman

Learn masters drawing and painting techniques shared and enjoyed from the Renaissance to French Impressionism. Learn the joy of color and landscape while experiencing present moment awareness and enjoying your inner creativity. Lee Steadman expresses his interest in nature through the art of painting. This internationally acclaimed artist has captured the essences of natural phenomena in his large-scale watercolors, from the majesty of a mountain sunrise to the elegance of a butterfly's wing. Lee will guide you in creating your own min-masterpiece…this class is for anyone who enjoys the beauty of art and the awe it can inspire! This 4 week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Clay Workshop at 138 East 25th St., Erie.

Tuesdays, March 21 and 28 | April 4 and 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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! Classes are held at RCC but 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.

January 23 and April 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Special Events

For the Women We Love

Do you have a wife, mother, sister, daughter or friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? With the right tools, knowledge, skills and attitude every man is capable of being extremely helpful in supporting the women they love navigate the road of breast cancer. This seminar will offer insights into how to make a difference in the life of your loved one while taking care of yourself as well. Marc Heyison, co-founder of Men Against Breast Cancer, the first national non-profit organization to provide targeted support services to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers, and author of For The Women We Love: A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregivers Action Guide for Men, will be our featured speaker.

This FREE seminar is open to the husbands, brothers, sons, fathers and male friends of women with breast cancer.

Dinner will be provided for both men and the women they love. The women are then invited to join Dr. Penny Orr, Art Therapist, to learn how art can be incorporated as a tool for conversation and healing. Allow yourself to reflect and relax with activities that focus on stress, pain and anxiety relief while experiencing and activity that allows you to cope with your emotional stress and worry.

Wednesday, April 26. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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

Tuesdays, November 8 - December 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Plant Based Eating 101

Are you interested in incorporating more plant based foods into your diet but don’t know where to start? Do you think “no meat – what would I eat?”? Join Lisa Casler as she guides you through your quest to eating better! Lisa is a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator who will explain how eating more of a plant based diet can increase your energy level, help you lose weight and keep weight off, and improve your overall physical and mental health. Lisa will also touch on how eating a plant based diet can reduce the risk of recurrence in certain cancers. Lisa will provide information and hand outs on how to make healthy changes, one step at a time. This class will take place in the Main conference room and tea, coffee and healthy snacks will be served.

Instructor: Lisa Casler, Vegan Cheers Owner, Lifestyle Coach & Educator

Wednesday, March 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Be FIT - During and After Cancer Treatment

Research supports improved quality of life, better management of side effects from cancer treatment, and reduction of cancer related fatigue when physical activity and exercise are part of one’s daily routine. This session will provide ideas that can immediately and easily be implemented at home. Join the Gannon Physical Therapy Doctoral students as help you to safely improve your FIT-ness level!

Instructors: Myranda Garfield & Emina Alicusic, Gannon DPT Students

Thursday, March 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Parenting through the Cancer Journey

Are you navigating the world of dealing with cancer while you are raising a family? Please join Ann Marie Cronk, MS, as she discusses how being a parent with cancer brings about a whole new set of challenges. Bring your concerns, your fears, and your questions. Learn coping mechanisms for you and your family. Ann Marie will give you insight on what children may be feeling at different ages and how to help them deal with the major changes, within a family, that cancer can cause. This class will take place in the Main Conference Room and refreshments will be provided.

Instructor: Ann Marie Cronk, MS, RCC Social Worker

Tuesday, March 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

It’s Your Right to Decide…A Lunch & Learn about Advanced Directives

If you are unable to speak for yourself, advanced directives are helpful legal documents that give you a way to make your wishes known about your health care. Please join us as Dr. Ferdinando Mirarchi, Medical Director of UPMC Hamot’s Department of Emergency Medicine & Chairman of the UPMC Physician Network, discusses the importance of planning for your future. He will help you understand what advanced directives are all about, the different types of advanced directives and how to ensure that your wishes are met. Advanced directives are important for everyone to complete; please bring your family and friends to this important talk. This class will be held in the Main Conference Room and lunch will be served.

Instructor: Dr. Ferdinando Mirarchi, DO, FAAEM, FACEP

Wednesday, March 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Pain, Numbness & Tingling – Management of Chemotherapy Related Peripheral Neuropathy

Get your questions answered about the symptoms that you are experiencing, if and when they will improve, and what you can do to keep your hands and feet – SAFE and STRONG! Learn how to maintain your function and ability to do the things which are important to you, both now and in the future.

Instructors: Myranda Garfield & Emina Alicusic, Gannon DPT Students

Thursday, April 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

What Are Clinical Trial and Are They Right for Me?

Many patients with cancer have heard of clinical trials but might wonder what they are, what type of patient they might help and what a specific trial might involve. Please join us as Dr. Danes discusses how clinical trials contribute to the overall knowledge and progress against cancer and if one might be right for you. Dr. Danes is the Senior Medical Science Liaison at Takeda Oncology. This class will be held in the Main Conference Room and dinner will be served compliments of Takeda Oncology.

Instructor: Christopher Danes, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 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. The Reiki Clinic is offered on Wednesdays, January 18th, February 22nd, and March 15th. Appointments are twenty minutes and by appointment only. Please call Sarah at 814.836.2643 to schedule.

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. The Acupuncture Clinic is offered on February 7th and April 18th. Appointments are forty-five minutes and by appointment only. Please call Sarah at 814.836.2643 to schedule.

Group Acupressure Clinic

Acupressure, a form of massage is reported to help relieve nausea, fatigue, pain and anxiety. It involves applying pressure to points called acupoints throughout the body to stimulate healing. One of the benefits of acupressure is that it can be self administered at any time. We encourage you, and the people close to you, to attend this Clinic so you all can learn the benefits of this ancient massage technique.
This class will take place in the Main Conference Room

Instructor: Maki Kurata, Licensed Acupuncturist

Tuesday, March 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10:00 to 11:30 a.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 relaxation.

Instructor: Nancy Bowden, Certified Sound Healer

Thursday, March 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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 6 week class and will take place in the Main Conference Room.

Instructor: Julia Hamilton, Certified Yoga Therapist, RYT 500

Wednesdays, April 5 - April 26, 2017. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.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. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. This class will take place in the Courtyard Conference Room.

Mondays, February 6 - April 24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Self Care Through Mindfulness Art Therapy

Join Penny as she instructs 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.

Thursdays, February 9 - April 27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Empowerment Through Craft

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.

Fridays, February 10 - April 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 to 11:00 a.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 Penny 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 Penny

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