Cancer education, support groups and exercise

All support groups are held on a drop-in basis and located on the Salem Health campus unless otherwise noted. Please call the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) at 503-814-2432 for current dates and to register.

Education

Lymphedema management for breast cancer

This one-time class covers the management of lymphedema including: signs and symptoms, prevention and skin care tips, and treatment options and techniques. No cost. Class held at the Salem Health Rehabilitation Center, 755 Mission St. SE.

Facilitated by Christine Frank, PT, Certified Lymphedema Instructor

Thriving and Surviving Cancer Workshop

This FREE six week workshop is designed to help cancer survivors to live more active and fulfilling lives. This workshop provides information and practical tools to help individuals self-manage symptoms, challenges and day-to-day tasks in small supportive classes. Refreshments provided!

Learn how to:

  • Manage stress and improve the ability to relax
  • Fight fatigue and frustration
  • Eat better and exercise safely
  • Control pain and improve activity
  • Talk to your doctor and family about your health
  • Solve problems and get the support you need

Dates: One day a week for 6 consecutive weeks. The start date will be determined based on interest. We must have at least six participants to hold the workshop. Please contact us to register and learn more about the next start date.
Time: 5:15 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Salem Health

For more information and to register, please contact Northwest Senior Disability Services at 503-967-1834.

Support groups

Breast Cancer Support Group

Second and Fourth Wednesdays 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, Room C
Welcoming all women newly diagnosed, recovering from, living with or beyond breast cancer! For more information call the Community Health Education Center at 503 814-2432.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

First Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, first floor lobby
Meet with other women facing a gynecologic cancer to share and receive support. Facilitated by Melanie Berry, MSW, CSWA. If you are unable to attend in person, you can join the private Facebook group NW Teal Warriors. Email Debi at NWTealWarriors@gmail.com to learn more.

Knit Well Support Group

Third Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, first floor lobby

A unique way to cope with the stress of cancer and other life obstacles. Join us to knit, crochet and share. All are welcome and group members are willing to teach.

Facilitated by Sharlon Bradley, RN, Oncology Certified Nurse

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Third Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building C, first floor, rooms A, B, C

An opportunity to meet other men living with prostate cancer, ask questions, receive support, and get the resources you need.

Spouses/partners welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Facilitated by volunteers Ed and Marcy Kuenzi, who started this group over 20 years ago.

Thriving & Surviving Cancer Support Group

Second Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Building D, first floor

Join others who have completed the Thriving & Surviving Cancer Workshop to continue the connection and support. Peer facilitated. Please contact NW Senior & Disability Services at 503-967-1834 for more information.

Women’s Metastatic Cancer Support Group

First and third Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon
Salem Hospital Building D, first floor, Gerlinger Support Group Room

Salem Cancer Institute now offers a support group for women living with advanced stage cancer. The group provides an opportunity to meet with others facing a similar diagnosis and share everyday challenges.

Facilitated by Melanie Berry, MSW, CSWA. 

Support groups offered in Spanish

Grupo de apoyo de cancer para las mujeres

El grupo de apoyo para mujeres con cancer de todo tipo le da la bienvenidas a todas las mujeres recién diagnosticadas, que viven con, o en recuperación de cáncer.

Proporcionando un ambiente seguro, confiable y confidencial para todas las integrantes que se enfrentan a los retos de  la supervivencia.

Edificio D, segundo piso, sa la D2-1
El segundo Martes de cada mes 6 p.m. a 8 p.m.

Sin Costo
Para cualquier pregunta por favor llame 503-814-2432

Arts and exercise

Survivor Artist Showcase

Cancer survivors are invited to share your artwork in a special display in the Cancer Institute lobby. Painting, photography, poetry pottery, glasswork…you tell us!

Displays rotate every 8 weeks and brighten our lobby with a sense of hope, healing, and inspiration for patients, visitors and staff. Please let us know if you are an artist or have creative work you’d like to share. Artists will also be considered whose work has been inspired by a cancer survivor. Please contact us at 503-814-1449 or cancer.institute@salemhealth.org.

RISE cancer fitness program

RISE (recovery in strength and exercise) is a four-week exercise program for people experiencing fatigue and loss of strength that can result from cancer treatment.

The focus is on rebuilding strength with weights while offering the support of a small group setting. This class also includes targeted exercise for balance and flexibility along with relaxation techniques.  Please call the Salem Health Community Health Education Center at 503-814-2432 to learn more.

Yoga

Fridays, 9:45 to 11 a.m.
Salem Hospital Building D, second floor, room 2
Relax with gentle yoga for any skill level. Please bring your own yoga mat and wear loose comfortable clothing. Led by Ivan Fernandez, yoga instructor.

 

Ask a question or register for a support group

503-814-2432