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Resources & Prevention

We believe survivorship starts the day you are diagnosed with cancer. We help you adjust to various changes in your life during and following treatment. 

To help you access information and connect with others going through similar experiences, we offer lending libraries and support groups.  

Referrals can be made for acupuncture, therapeutic massage, nutrition consultation, social work and spiritual support. If you are interested in any of these offerings, let your doctor know.

Support Groups

  • Cancer Support Group: Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. For people at any stage of the cancer journey. Call 509-897-5700.
  • Walla Walla Breast Cancer Survivors Group: Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Marian Room on Level 1 near the cafeteria at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Call 509-897-5700.

Classes

Free Smoking Cessation Class

Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it!
Many people try multiple times to quit smoking before they eventually succeed. The class will use an interactive learning approach to provide information and guidance needed to help people quit in a supportive environment.

Registration is required

Class size will be limited to ensure everyone receives the help they need. To register, call the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center: 509-897-5700.


Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB)

Offered several times a year, this is a support program dedicated to the emotional support of children who have a parent or grandparent or other family member with cancer. The free program offers four weekly, 90-minute group meetings for children ages 6 to 13. During the meetings, discussion and arts and crafts are used to help children express their feelings. This workshop is entirely funded through donations to Providence St. Mary Foundation.


Creative Expressions

This activity helps cancer patients explore painting as a means of expressing feelings in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental setting. There is no need for prior experience and materials are provided. Classes meet on scheduled Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. This workshop is entirely funded through donations to Providence St. Mary Foundation.


Hope in Motion

A free Pilates class for cancer survivors, is offered quarterly in the Cancer Center lobby. The class emphasizes restoration of movement and improving functional ability for day-to-day activities and overall well-being. Medical releases are available from the Cancer Center and must be signed by the participant’s doctor prior to the start of the class. Participants do not have to be Providence patients in order to participate. Please register at the front desk of the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or by calling 509-897-5700.


Look Good Feel Better

A free national public service program that helps women with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes. Hats, scarfs and wigs are provided, as well as tips for their use. Held in the Cancer Center Conference Room on the second Wednesday of every month, 2-4 p.m. RSVP is required. Call 509-897-5700 to register. Learn more about the program nationally at lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

Patient Resources

Our navigation team will help you and your family access these services, as well as others you may need. 

Resource Nurse 

Our resource nurse is a registered nurse who provides patients with information to help them understand their disease and treatment. The resource nurse may, for example, initiate contact with new patients prior to their first visit to the Cancer Center to help answer questions and coordinate the logistics of their upcoming treatment. The resource nurse also serves as facilitator for several of the support programs and classes offered to patients and their families at the Cancer Center.

The resource nurse also arranges cancer screening clinics throughout the year and develops and presents educational programs in the local schools and in other community settings.

You can reach the resource nurse at 509-897-5700


Cancer Social Worker

The cancer social worker helps patients and their families through the challenges brought about by cancer and treatment. We are trained to help patients adjust to illness, to the ups and downs of treatment and to shifting roles within the family. We are here to provide emotional support to you and those closest to you through individual and family counseling, and through support programs, classes and other services that can reduce stress for you and your family. 

Our social worker also can help you access financial resources and insurance and disability benefits, along with community resources such as transportation, housing, home health or hospice care.

All services provided by our social worker are offered at no charge to you. Call 509-897-5700 or ask your doctor or nurse for an appointment


American Cancer Society Resource Center

The American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center provides current cancer-related information and resources. The Resource Center is staffed with volunteers who link you with American Cancer Society programs and services, including classes, and help with lodging and transportation. They also can refer you to community resources.

The Resource Center’s hours of operation vary. Please call us for times or to arrange a visit at your convenience at 509-897-8930.

The Resource Center is part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Network. The Resource Network is available to help you any time, day or night.

  • Online information is always available at www.cancer.org.
  • Cancer information specialists are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the National Cancer Information Center at 800-227-2345.
  • The Cancer Survivors Network is another resource to explore. Learn more at csn.cancer.org.