University of Vermont

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Vermont Cancer Center

Patient Support Services

Patient Support Services

The Cancer Patient Support Program

The Cancer Patient Support Program is a support service designed for cancer patients and their families. Cancer survivors and others touched by this disease helped design the program, which provides free professional counseling, support services, and educational resources for those affected by cancer. CPSP has been established to provide emotional and educational support for cancer patients and their families. CPSP was created by a group of cancer survivors and others who have been touched by this disease. Their collective experience and first-hand knowledge led to the design of the program. Facing a diagnosis of cancer is a time of fear, anxiety, and questioning. Patients and families often do not know where to turn for help, while trying to understand and cope with the challenges that arise following a diagnosis. CPSP is here for cancer patients and their families.

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.

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

Website
Lee Nelson, PT
University of Vermont
Dept. of Physical Therapy
305 Rowell
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 656-2245

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.
Mike Cunningham
Fletcher Allen Health Care
101 College Parkway
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 847-1447
Mon.-Fri., flexible hours

Support Group of Caregivers for the Terminally Ill

Chittenden County
Melissa Gutierrez
VNA Hospice
(802) 860-4410
Every other Saturday
9-10:30 am
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.
Elizabeth Daker
P.O. Box 1064
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-1250

Forest Moon

Forest Moon's goal is to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and their families and friends in New England and to assist survivors and their loved ones in reducing anxiety cultivating a greater sense of control and achieving renewed purpose. Forest Moon offers full day, half-day and weekend retreats as well as multi-week workshops to support the emotional recovery of New England cancer survivors and their family and friends. Forest Moon allows participants to explore strategies and set goals to promote their own healing. To be accessible to rural populations, most workshops take place on the weekends and are free or charge only a modest registration fee. Programs are held at various locations in Vermont, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

Not Just A Patient

Not Just a Patient provides Central Vermont's Cancer healing calendar.

Last modified May 13 2013 11:13 AM