Patients who have had treatment for breast cancer may experience such problems as decreased strength and stamina, pain, fatigue, decreased ability to function, lymphedema, anxiety and depression, difficulty coping, self-image changes, and work-related issues. Often patients with breast cancer experience a new perspective on life and seek to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. A healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, a healthy body weight, and keeping stress in balance are four key components of breast cancer recovery and long-term wellness.
Breast Wellness Program
Patients who are at higher risk of breast cancer due to family history or an identified change in an inherited gene, may also have concerns that generate lifestyle changes to improve health. A healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, a healthy body weight, and keeping stress in balance are also key components of long-term breast wellness for this group of patients.
The Breast Wellness Program encompasses a broad range of services to help with your care. These services include nutritional counseling, yoga, mindfulness/stress reduction sessions, and HeartMath. Our goal is to support your healing in body, mind, and spirit. Part of the Breast Center, the Willow Sage Sanctuary provides a space for respite—to have quiet and experience mindfulness and other stress reduction programs to support your healing. The Breast Health Programs were created with the generous support of Alecia Moore, better known as P!NK, who began supporting the Breast Center in 2012. The Willow Sage Sanctuary was named in honor of her daughter.
Complementary consultation with a master’s prepared registered dietitian, also referred to as a nutritionist, is offered to each of our breast patients, whether at high risk or with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The nutritionist will set nutrition goals with and tailored to the patient’s healthcare needs and preferences. The intention is to work toward nutritional approaches that support long-term wellness. Our patients who want to continue to see the nutritionist and whose insurance does not cover the service, can do so at a reduced cash price. Local grocery shopping tours and nutritional classes are also offered on a regular basis.