Support for Patients
Patient Support Services
Casting for Recovery
Casting For Recovery is a national, non-profit, support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer. CFR provides this opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn fly fishing, "a sport for life." Weekend retreats incorporate counseling, educational services and the sport of fly-fishing to promote mental and physical healing.
I Can Cope
I Can Cope is an American Cancer Society (ACS) patient education course provided in a supportive environment for adults with cancer and their family members and friends. It is designed to help participants with their cancer experience by increasing their knowledge, positive attitudes, and skills. Experience has shown that individuals who know more about their disease can make informed decisions with their doctors and become partners in the treatment team. This program helps the patient and the family understand the feelings of fear and frustration so often encountered with a cancer diagnosis.
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better, sponsored by the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society (ACS), available at several sites around the state, helps people with cancer look better and feel more comfortable with their self-image during treatment.
Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness
Mindfulness Tools for Health & Wellness is an eight-week series that all hematology/oncology patients are invited to attend. The series is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and includes guided instruction in mindfulness medication, gentle stretching and yoga, group discussion, and practice at home. For more information, contact Roz Grossman via this email address or by phone at (802) 233-2461.
Touch, Caring, and Cancer
The Touch, Caring, and Cancer Program is a unique resource for families that teaches simple techniques to provide cancer patients with comfort, relaxation, and confidence. Workshops can be accessed in the UVM Medical Center Infusion Center on a weekly basis, where experts can answer questions and teach effective techniques.
American Cancer Society Wig Bank Program
ACS Wig Banks, as part of the American Cancer Society's Look Good... Feel Better program (a free community-based program that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help enhance their appearance and self-image during treatment), provide free wigs to cancer patients who cannot afford them. All wigs are new and come in a variety of lengths, colors and styles. The Wig Banks also provide new summer and winter hats, scarves and turbans to cancer patients at no cost. Vermont's sixteen Wig Banks are run by trained volunteers and located in salons throughout Vermont. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 (800-227-2345).
Vermont Regional Lymphedema Network
Lee Nelson, PT
University of Vermont
Dept. of Physical Therapy
Burlington, VT 05401
The Samaritan Connection
The Samaritan Connection connects Samaritans with neighbors in need of homemaker/chore services, transportation, home repair and maintenance, second-opinion services, and immediate short-term crisis intervention.
The University of Vermont Medical Center
101 College Parkway
Colchester, VT 05446
Mon.-Fri., flexible hours
Support Group of Caregivers for the Terminally Ill
Every other Saturday
Vermont Respite House
Williston, VT 05495
The Vermont Healing Tools Project
The Vermont Healing Tools Project is a private, nonprofit agency that offers resources, support, and education for people with critical or chronic illnesses.
P.O. Box 1064
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Not Just A Patient
Not Just a Patient provides Central Vermont's Cancer healing calendar.
Last modified August 28 2015 10:13 AM