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October 12, 2011

Out-of-town cancer patients offered wellness programs


There’s a place in downtown Baltimore where out-of-town cancer patients can go and stay for free while they are in treatment. And now the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at Baltimore is adding some a set of services that will help them cope with that treatment.

The Wellness Program, which launches Thursday, will be the first of its kind in the country, according to the cancer society. It will offer patients and caregivers activities for their bodies and minds, including yoga, massage therapy, nutrition counseling and one-on-one personal training, among other options. They will learn to sustain their programs.

The hope is they cope better with side effects and feel better. This program is also free.

“Our overall goal with this wellness program is to help cancer patients transition into strong and healthy proactive cancer survivors that feel secure in their mind, body and spirit,” said Jessie Bernstein, Hope Lodge Wellness Program coordinator, in a statement. “We have a terrific team of volunteers who are experts in the field of health and wellness.”

The lodge was opened in 1987 and is funded through donations to the cancer society, Hope Lodge residents, local businesses and foundations. The property was donated by the University of Maryland.

There are 31 such lodges around the country. For more information on the facility click here.

For information on other support and treatment programs, click here.

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Categories: Cancer

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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