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Educational Programs

These programs are offered periodally throughout the year. For more information and schedules, please see our Events Calendar or call us toll-free at 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

Healthy Cooking Demonstration Programs

This program offers hands-on experience in incorporating cancer-fighting foods into your everyday diet. It is held in the new demonstration kitchen in the Cancer Center space on the first floor of the Farm Journal Building. Multiple items will be prepared using seasonal foods as well as easy to prepare recipes. Come prepared to sample.

Look Good… Feel Better

Studies have shown that people, who look good, generally feel good about themselves. For patients undergoing cancer treatment, looking good can sometimes be difficult to accomplish. Cancer treatment may temporarily change the way a person looks which can lead to discouragement rather than confidence.

To gain control and even triumph over the cosmetic effects of cancer treatment, the American Cancer Society and experts from the cosmetic industry offer a special program for patients while they are being treated. A registered cosmetics advisor who will address hair and skin care and provide various make-up tips leads this group. Participants also receive free cosmetics.

Walkabout: Mindfulness Based Art Therapy

"Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out" is a special survivorship program available for young adults between ages 18 and 38 with sarcoma and other cancers, to decrease distress including physical pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue. This program uses mindfulness based art therapy to help develop skills to be more attentive and aware; engage in physical activity; use digital photography and art materials and connect with peers. There is a four hour orientation workshop followed by weekly workshops. For more information, please see the attached flyer and brochure.

This program is led by Caroline Peterson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, an art therapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to help individuals reduce stress and manage their energy resources.

Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking Cessation: Smoking is known to cause lung and bladder cancers, cancers of the head and neck, as well as emphysema and other serious medical problems. If you smoke, you should quit. There are many programs available to help you quit smoking. Pennsylvania Hospital offers a smoking cessation program. For more information visit our Events Calendar.


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Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

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