Integrative Therapy

To support the all-inclusive needs of cancer patients, Lahey offers integrative therapy services, sometimes called alternative therapy services, for all cancer patients. Under the sponsorship of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, these services are offered by appointment. To learn more, please call 781-744-8400.

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Asian medicine, which promotes natural healing in the body through a comprehensive approach of evaluation and treatment for the whole person.

Acupuncture is proven to be effective in treating these conditions:

  • Relief of symptoms associated with cancer treatments such as nausea, fatigue and peripheral neuropathy
  • Neurological ailments such as migraines and nerve pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain including back pain and pain from arthritis
  • Emotional distress including stress and depression
  • Digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation and diarrhea
  • Respiratory ailments such as asthma and allergies
  • Physical injuries including chronic pain and acute sprain
  • Chronic disease management

Acupuncture can also be effective for:

  • PMS symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Smoking cessation
  • Many other chronic ailments

The initial consultation is $120, and treatments are $85 per session, which in some cases may be covered by insurance. You would need to submit a claim yourself, as Lahey does not bill insurance companies for acupuncture services. For an appointment or more information, please call acupuncturist Jonathan Ammen at 781-259-1165.

Jonathan Ammen brings more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher to his work in Acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. He has devoted much of his career to integrating acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine with conventional Western healthcare. He currently sees patients in Oncology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Spine Center.

Expressing one’s self through art to improve or restore functioning and a sense of personal well-being.

Treatment of the soft tissues of the body by use of pressure, friction or kneading to help with muscle flexibility.

A special technique to reduce stress and enhance relaxation, administered by the “laying on of hands.”

A six-week program for the renewal of body and spirit.

An exercise program at all levels of activity for breast cancer patients.

Sophia Gordon Center Resource Room Offerings

  • Written materials on multiple cancers and program information from the American Cancer Society
  • Brochures on various cancers from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
  • Pharmaceutical brochures on different chemotherapy drugs
  • Cancer Web site access
  • Nutrition information and cookbooks
  • Audio and visual information

Support Groups

The Departments of Social Services and the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center offer a variety of support groups for patients.

Support Group Table
Support Group Day Time Location Contact
Head & Neck Cancer 3rd Tuesday of the Month 1:30 – 3 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Radiation Oncology

 

Annmarie Brady, LICSW

781-744-8113

Breast Cancer 1st Tuesday of the Month 5:30 – 7 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Kariotis board 3 west

Annmarie Brady, LICSW

781-744-8113

General Cancer Support Group 3rd Friday of the Month 2 – 3:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Peabody
Sophia Cancer Center Conference Center
Alison Locke, LICSW

978-538-4807

Cancer Caregiver Support Group 3rd Wednesday of the Month 5 – 6:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Peabody
Sophia Gordon Cancer Center Conference Room
Alison Locke, LICSW

978-538-4807

Gynecological Cancers 2nd Tuesday of the Month 5 – 6:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

3 west Kariotis

Annmarie Brady, LICSW

781-744-8113

Look Good, Feel Better Program 2nd Tuesday of the Month 4 – 5:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Annmarie Brady, LICSW

781-744-8113

Lung Cancer 4th Thursday of the Month 1:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

5 Central Conference Room 5J 101

Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW

781-744-8604

Look Good, Feel Better Program 3rd Tuesday of every other month 2 – 4 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Peabody Alison Locke, LICSW

978-538-4807

Blood Cancer 2nd Monday of each month 5:30 – 7 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Peabody

Second Floor Conference Room, North Wing

Alison Locke, LICSW

978-538-4807

Blood Cancer 2nd Monday of each month 5:30 – 7 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Karyotins Conference Room

Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW

781-744-8604

 Breast Cancer  4th Tuesday of the month  5 – 6:30 pm Lahey Medical Center, Peabody

Sophia Gordon Cancer Center Conference Room

Alison Locke, LICSW

978-538-4807

 MS Support Group  3rd Tuesday of the month  4 – 5:30 pm Lahey Outpatient Center, Lexington
16 Hayden Ave, Lexington, MA 02421
Jayne Kraslin, LICSW

781-744-7756

 Stroke Survivor & Caregiver  Last Tuesday of the month  6 – 7:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Lobby Conference Room

Jayne Kraslin, LICSW

781-744-7756

 COPD Support Group  First Tuesday of the month  11 – 12:15 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Alumni Conference Room

Liz Naughton, LCSW

781-744-7838

 COPD Lecture Series  2 x Annually  TBD TBD Stacey Kohler, LICSW

781-744-8114

 Kidney Transplant  3rd Thursday of the month  6 – 7:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Lobby Conference Room

Merle Kushner, LICSW

781-744-8628

 ALS  2nd Monday of the Month  12 – 1 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Stacey Kohler, LICSW

781-744-8114

 Cardiac Support Group  4th Tuesday of the Month  5 – 6 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

5W Conference Room

Stacey Kohler, LICSW

781-744-8114

 Liver Disease  1st Wednesday of the Month  6 – 7:30 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

Lobby Conference Room

Eric Richman, LICSW

781-744-5335

 Urologic & Prostate Cancer  3rd Tuesday the Month  6 – 7 pm Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

4 SE Urology Conference Room

Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW

781-744-8604

 Diabetes  Education series  TBD Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,

5J09, 4 SE Urology Conference Room

To be determined.

Call 781-744-3496 for more information.

Helpful Resources for Patients with Cancer

The following are some resources that you and your family may find helpful during your cancer treatment. If you have any questions, please call Annemarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113 (M-W) or Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW at 781-744-8604 (W-F).

Psychosocial Support (connects patients to resources and helps with financial, emotional and social concerns):

  • Annemarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113 (M-W)
  • Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW at 781-744-8604 (W-F)
  • Alison Locke, LICSW (978) 538-4807 (Peabody)

Outpatient Counseling (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine): 781-744-8610

Spiritual Support (Chaplaincy Department): 781-744-8800

Palliative Care (supportive care aimed at controlling symptoms and improving quality of life): 781-744-7011

Patient Education

  • Cancer Resource Room (for educational materials): Located on 3 Southeast, open 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Additional Resources: Nellee Fine at 781-744-3132

Ostomy Support: Donna Loehner and Kerry Casey at 781-744-2694

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center offers many support groups, such as those listed below, for patients with cancer. For information on current groups, call Annemarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113 (M-W) or Lisa Carlson-Hill, LICSW at 781-744-8604 (W-F) (Burlington) or Alison Locke, LICSW 978-538-4807 (Peabody), unless otherwise noted:

  • Breast Cancer Support Group for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Warm Hugs Project (support to newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer when they are discharged from Ambulatory Surgery at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, North Shore)
  • Breast Cancer Support Group for women who have been living with breast cancer
  • Look Good/Feel Better Program (free professional help using cosmetics to hide appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy or radiation)
  • Carcinoid Cancer Support Group (location varies)
  • Brain Tumor Support Group (call Michele Lucas at 617-726-1061)
  • Ostomy Support Group (run by the Ostomy Association of Boston; call Beth Abelow at 617-522-0920) For more information on support groups near you, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

The following agencies can arrange for Meals on Wheels, household help, transportation and other services:

  • Minuteman Senior Services: 781-272-7177 (serves Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn)
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services: 781-324-7705 (serves Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield)
  • Greater Lynn Senior Services: 781-599-0110 (serves Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott)
  •  Elder Services of Merrimack Valley: 978-683-7747 (for people aged 60 and older in many towns of the Merrimack Valley)
  • North Shore Elder Services: 978-750-4540 (serves Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody and Salem)
  • Springwell: 617-926-4100 (serves Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley and Weston)
  • Massachusetts Elderline: 1-800-243-4636
  • SHINE: 781-221-7029 (offers health insurance counseling for seniors)
  • American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver Program: 1-800-227-2345 (ask for your local office)
  • MBTA The Ride: 617-222-5123
  • Lexpress (Lexington’s bus service): 781-861-1210
  • Roadrunner (for residents in the Lowell Regional Transit area): 978-459-0152
  • If you have MassHealth and need help with transportation, call Pam Reznick at 781-744-8113.
  • ABC Homecare: 781-665-0119
  • Associated Home Care: 978-922-0745
  • Best Home Care: 781-224-3600
  • Metropolitan Home Care: 781-643-9115
  • Minutewoman Home Care: 781-862-3300
  • Partners Private Care: 617-267-5858
  • Privatus: 617-275-4050

Winchester Hospital’s Lifeline Program provides peace of mind, early intervention and security, helping people live independently while ensuring help is just a button push away, 24 hours a day. To call for help, you simply press a personal help button you wear as a pendant or wristband. For more information, please call Winchester Hospital Lifeline at 781-756-4752.

Caregivers Plus (an emergency response button for those who live alone): 781-937-0310

Winchester Hospital is proud to offer A Caring Place for people with cancer, a retail store that carries wigs, prostheses, head coverings and much more. Winchester Hospital’s professionally trained staff is available to help you select the best products for your individual needs.

A Caring Place carries the following products:

  • Head coverings
  • Wigs
  • Shampoo
  • Styling products
  • Mastectomy products (i.e. bras, post-surgical camisoles, breast prosthesis),
  • Compression sleeves
  • Compression stockings
  • Compression bandages
  • Jewelry
  • A Caring Place, 781-756-5088
  • Lady Grace,
    Malden: 781-322-1721 Danvers: 978-774-7141
  • New England Hair Illusions and Breast Form Clinic,
    Tyngsboro: 978-649-7228
  • The Women’s Image Center, Leominster: 978-534-0200 Worcester: 508-754-8705

For a complete list of suppliers, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

  • A Caring Place,  781-756-5088
  • American Cancer Society Wig Bank (free wigs): 1-800-227-2345
  • Carolyn’s Wigs, Wakefield: 781-246-2818
  • Hairmate Salon, Woburn: 781-938-0495
  • New England Hair Illusions and Breast Form Clinic, Tyngsboro: 978-649-7228
  • Nick George’s Hair Studio, Danvers: 978-750-8200
  • The Women’s Image Center, Leominster: 978-534-0200, Worcester: 508-754-8705

For a complete list of suppliers, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Insurance Information

If you have limited or no insurance, or have a billing question, please call Lahey Hospital & Medical Center financial counseling department at 781-744-8815.

Prescription Programs (for those with limited or no insurance coverage for medicines):

  • Prescription Advantage (for patients who are disabled or aged 65 and older): 1-800-243-4636, ext. 2
  • Programs through pharmaceutical companies: www.needymeds.org

The Harpley Fund

The Harpley Fund at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is an endowment established by Betsy Harpley in loving memory of her husband, Theodore Raymond Harpley. It helps cancer patients and their families pay for additional care (like personal care attendants, or room and board at a hospice house). For information, call Annemarie Brady, LICSW at 781-744-8113 (M-W).

The Ellie Fund

The Ellie Fund provides funding and resources for women and families who are undergoing breast cancer treatment in Massachusetts. For information, call 781-449-0100 or visit www.elliefund.org.

American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345, www.cancer.org

Breastcancer.orgwww.breastcancer.org 

CancerCare: 1-800-813-4673, www.cancercare.org 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: 1-800-955-4572, www.leukemia.org 

Lung Cancer Alliance: 1-800-298-2436, www.lungcanceralliance.org 

National Cancer Institute: 1-800-422-6237, www.cancer.gov

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition: 1-888-682-7426, www.ovarian.org

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: 1-877-272-6226, www.pancan.org

People Living With Cancer: www.cancer.net

Social Security Hotline: 1-800-772-1213

Us Too (prostate cancer support group): 1-800-808-7866, www.ustoo.com