Through the Unite for HER Wellness Day program, breast cancer patients learn about the benefits of complementary therapies and create a personal plan for incorporating these fully-funded services into their treatment and recovery.
In a small group setting, trained professionals lead discussions on the uses and benefits of acupuncture, massage, Reiki, yoga, meditation, nutrition, professional counseling (including sexual health), and caregiver support. Attendees receive a personal massage consultation and hands-on experience with yoga and Reiki during the event. Participants enjoy a delicious meal while engaging in an interactive presentation hosted by nutrition expert and decorated chef, Katie Cavuto, RD, on the healing properties of real foods. In addition to these helpful resources, Unite for HER also provides a wellness passport to participants to cover one year of treatment costs from approved providers (see documents in the left column) for the therapies they feel will best support their everyday health and wellness.
Upcoming Wellness Days
Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer within the last 18 months and live in the Philadelphia area? Please contact us to see if you qualify for a Wellness Day.
(By invitation only for current breast cancer patients of partner hospitals)
- June 1 Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
- June 7 Riddle Hospital
- June 8 Chestnut Hill Hospital
- June 10 Penn Medicine Valley Forge
- June 15 Fox Chase Cancer Center
- June 18 Penn Medicine Metastatic Wellness Day
- June 22 Dynamic Renan Services in Elkins Park
If you are a breast cancer patient receiving treatment at a non-partner hospital and are interested in pursuing complementary therapies (see list below), please visit our Path to Healing Grant page for information on how to receive financial support for those expenses.
Unite for HER is committed to providing wellness resources to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, helping to enhance their health and comfort while they undergo medical treatment. We offer knowledge, hands-on education, and encouragement to breast cancer patients, allowing them to feel both empowered and restored. This approach enables women to be renewed in body, mind and spirit, which is crucial for holistic healing. For additional information regarding the many benefits of these therapies, please explore our Resources section.
Acupuncture has many benefits and has been very effective in easing breast cancer treatment symptoms. Headaches, fatigue, nausea, pain, vomiting, neuropathy, circulation, hot flashes and digestion can be greatly reduced and/or eliminated with acupuncture treatments.Watch Video
Massage has been proven to improve circulation and help reduce fatigue for women with breast cancer. It is very important for your massage therapist to specialize in treating breast cancer patients to ensure they understand problems specific to the disease, such as lymphedema, and the effects of medical treatment.Watch Video
Women with cancer undergo extreme physical, mental, and emotional stress that can weaken the immune system. After yoga, patients have more energy, improved physical functioning, and quality of life. Meditation exercises also help relieve anxiety, provide nausea relief, and alleviate insomnia.Watch Video
Reiki is a noninvasive practice that uses a light touch on – or holding hands just above – a person’s body to help promote balance and well-being. Studies have shown that Reiki induces relaxation, decreasing anxiety, stress and joint/muscle pain.
Many foods found in our grocery stores and organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, helping us to decrease the risk for disease. During cancer treatments, certain foods and ingredients such as sea salt, olive oil, lemon and Grade B Maple Syrup can help stimulate taste buds and remove the metallic taste, allowing you to stay nourished and thrive.Watch Video
Women who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis and the treatments that follow often experience changes in their self-image and important relationships. It is not unusual to feel as if you are in a new and challenging reality. A professional counselor who is trained and experienced provides a safe, supportive, individual space for you to freely express feelings and brings an objective and trained approach to problems of emotional distress, sexual health, communicating with loved ones, and planning for a future.
It was through Unite for HER’s education session that I learned to focus not only on traditional cancer treatment therapies but also include other complementary therapies that can bring my body’s ecosystem to whole health. Through different modalities such as massage therapy as well as acupuncture, I have gained new insights into what my body needs during and post chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. These different modalities I believe are providing me with a speedier recovery.