This newsletter was created by our team of oncologists and supportive service providers.

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Steps to wellness

Free for Fall

The UVM Cancer Center supportive services team invites you to join these free integrative therapy programs - some of which kick off this month!

  • Mindfulness Class (Free, Virtual): How it helps? Mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation tools reduce stress and anxiety, relieve symptoms, and encourage wellbeing for patients and caregivers. (Tuesdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 1, 5:30-8 p.m.,  Link to Join)
  • Weight Loss to Wellness Class (Free, Virtual): How it helps? Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent some cancer recurrence and chronic health problems. (Wednesdays, Sept. 14 - Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m., Link to Inquiry Form) 
  • Yoga Class (Free, Virtual): How it helps? This mind-body practice helps increase mobility, balance, and strength and decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. (Join anytime - Wednesdays at Noon, Link to Join)
  • Steps to Wellness (Free*, Virtual or In-Person): How it helps? A medically-based, supervised exercise program, through cardio and strength training you will regain stamina and decrease fatigue. (*12-week program is free, initial evaluation is billed to insurance, Link to Join)


View All Integrative Therapies

FREE: Acupuncture for Hospital Hem/Onc Inpatients

Beginning this fall, acupuncture will be offered at no cost to inpatient hematology and oncology patients at the UVM Medical Center thanks to a new grant from the Victoria Buffum Fund

Learn more about the benefits of acupuncture to patients with cancer. 

Acupuncture On Demand

FREE: Community Cancer Conference (In-Person & Zoom)

The 25th annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference brings together patients, caregivers, clinical providers, and community members.

Join us to learn more about treatments, integrative therapies, and how the science has changed (and where it's going next). 

Register Online

Seeking: Patients for Chemo-Induced Nerve Damage Study

Do you have numbness, tingling, burning, or other symptoms in your hands or feet from your recent chemotherapy treatments? If so, you might have nerve damage called "neuropathy". 

This new clinical study uses close remote monitoring of symptoms so that treatment can be given as soon as it becomes necessary and can be adjusted as the symptoms change.  

Learn More

Good for your Gut: A Recipe for Spicy Kimchi Slaw

What does your gut bacteria have to do with your cancer treatment? "Plenty," says Kim Dittus, MD who offers this recipe for Spicy Kimchi Slaw. 

"What we eat influences what bugs are found in our GI tract and in turn the impact of immunotherapy," said Dittus who is an oncologist at the Medical Center. "A high-quality diet rich in plant fiber also suggests a better response to immunotherapy."

Try the Slaw

Irene's Story 

When Irene Farrar was diagnosed with cancer, her husband, Steve, returned to painting.

The painting project, along with other steps the couple took, offer clues for how patients and caregivers can survive the emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis.

Read The Story


Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

Cancer Patient Support Foundation

Casting for Recovery

Dragonheart Vermont

Mahana Magic Foundation

Sail Beyond Cancer

Unite for Her

Vermont Cancer Support Network

Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer

Wellness on Wheels


My Chart: Patient Portal

Cancer Center Support Groups

Financial Support and Community Referrals

Steps to Wellness: Cancer Rehabilitation

Nutrition Services

Integrative Therapies

Guide for New Patients

Innovations: Cancer Center Newsletter

Cancer Center Clinical Trials

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