We walk with you in the cancer journey. For that reason, we know that special resource groups and events may help along the way.
Chair yoga is a very gentle form of yoga designed to increase flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. It goes beyond typical exercises in that it encourages quiet reflection, proper breathing and better posture. The chair replaces the yoga mat allowing patients to take full advantage of yoga’s fitness and health potential.
Beginning an exercise program can break the cycle patients experience while undergoing cancer treatment. Chair yoga can reduce fatigue and assist patients to return to daily activities. Yoga is one of many exercise and wellness options for people of all ages. As with all exercise program, patients should first check with their physician to make sure an exercise routine is appropriate.
Outer Banks Health Cancer Services has partnered with the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation, the Professional Beauty Association and community cosmetologists and estheticians to provide the Look Good Feel Better Program for local cancer patients.
Trained beauty professionals demonstrate makeup techniques, wigs and scarves to help women with cancer cope and adjust to the side effects of treatment (hair loss and changes to skin complexion and nails).
The program is provided free of charge to all female cancer patients. During this time, we will also be offering these sessions virtually. Please contact Marie Neilson at 252-449-5935 or [email protected] to enroll in a session.
Working with UNC Cancer Outreach, Outer Banks Health and UNC sponsor a monthly noon-time workshop on various cancer topics. There is no fee to attend and a complimentary light lunch is served.
Visit our Classes and Events page for exact days and times.
We will now offer our support groups to be attended in-person (limited number to ensure social distancing). The in-person option will be located in the Cancer Resource Center which is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building behind the hospital. (Click the name of the group to read the full description.)
Coping with Cancer Support Group
Offered the second Wednesday of each month from 11:ooam-12noon
Our coping with cancer support group provides a safe space to connect with others coping with cancer – exchange support and receive information and guidance while discussing the unique challenges of living with a cancer diagnosis. This group is free of charge and led by our licensed clinical social worker, Janet Creef, who provides emotional and practical support throughout the cancer program here at Outer Banks Health.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Offered the third Wednesday of each month from 11:00am-12noon
Our breast cancer patient support group provides a safe space to connect with other women coping and living with breast cancer – exchange support and receive information and guidance while discussing the unique challenges of women living with this diagnosis. This group is free of charge and led by our licensed clinical social worker, Janet Creef, who provides emotional and practical support throughout the cancer program here at Outer Banks Health.
Caring for the Caregiver: A Cancer Support Group
Offered the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:00am-12noon
Connect with others who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer. In this group, led by Janet Creef (Outer Banks Health Oncology Licensed Clinical Social Worker) people can share their personal experiences, ways of coping and helpful resources. This group is free of charge and open to any person who is currently impacted by the cancer diagnosis of a loved one.
For more information, or to reserve your spot, please contact: Janet Creef, LCSW, 252-449-2314, [email protected].
American Cancer Society
1-800-ACS-2345 or 1-800-227-2345
Cancer Hope Network
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Created by and for cancer survivors and their families to connect with others who have been touched by cancer. People in this virtual community share experiences, strength and hope using the free, interactive service.
Reach to Recovery
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A peer support program providing information and support for breast cancer patients by connecting women with someone who has been through the breast cancer experience herself.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A free magazine-catalog of products designed for women to help ease the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Products are available for breast cancer survivors as well as women who experience hair loss because of treatment.
Man to Man
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A support group providing information and support to men with prostate cancer. Some Man to Man groups may invite wives and partners to attend meetings. In other locations, wives and partners meet separately in a group setting called Side by Side.
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
1-877-NCCS-YES or 1-888-650-9127
Patient Advocate Foundation
Job Accommodation Network
1-877-781-9403 (TTY-text telephone)