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November 19, 2019

Cancer support group helps massage at Adams Cancer Center

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A patient receives a massage at WellSpan Adams Cancer Center.

A patient receives a massage at WellSpan Adams Cancer Center.

The physical and emotional benefits of massage for cancer patients are extensive, including improved relaxation, sleep and circulation and decreased pain, anxiety and nausea. Thanks to the generosity of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and members of its ENCORE Breast Cancer Support Group cancer patients at the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center can take advantage of the benefits of massage, free of charge.

The YWCA ENCORE Group is open to breast cancer survivors, as well as those currently living with cancer and their caregivers. With an emphasis on the importance of exercise in recovery, the group hosts programming that also includes discussion of health issues, treatments and nutrition. Participants do not have to be members of the YWCA.

Through various community fundraising efforts, the YWCA and the ENCORE Group provided $5,000 to the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation toward the cost of massages at the WellSpan Adams Cancer Center. Patients, with a WellSpan doctor’s order, can receive a massage by a specially trained massage therapist of the WellSpan Center for Mind/Body Health.

“The special oncology massage has been a wonderful addition to the services available to our patients,” said Stacey Gorman, director of WellSpan Adams Cancer Center. “The massages are designed to the specific needs of each individual patient and are intended to support the physical and emotional toll of the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment.”

WellSpan in the community

Visit WellSpan.org/Neighbors to learn more about how WellSpan makes a difference in the lives of its patients, friends and neighbors across central Pennsylvania, and to read our current Community Benefit Report.

The WellSpan Adams Cancer

The WellSpan Adams Cancer Center — along with other important services that improve care for residents of central Pennsylvania — are supported by the generous contributors to the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation. To learn more about the foundation and how you or your business can help support it, contact Kristin Vought, director of development, at (717) 337-4154 or kvought@wellspan.org.

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