Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Exercise classes and wellness workshops

Studies have shown that leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce a person’s risk for developing cancer and decrease the chances of cancer recurrence. For cancer patients, staying active and eating healthy complements the medical care they receive. Also, reducing stress through activities such as yoga, tai chi and meditation can lift a patient’s spirit and help manage the anxiety that accompanies cancer.

In an effort to improve the well-being of survivors in our region, VCU Massey Cancer Center established a committee of experts to launch Living Well With Cancer. The program's goal is to connect patients and survivors with the resources they need to reduce stress and live a healthy lifestyle.

Upcoming exercise classes and wellness workshops

Massey has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Richmond to provide exercise classes and wellness workshops each quarter on various topics relating to integrative medicine.

If you are currently in treatment or have recently had surgery, please provide a note from your physician stating that you may participate in our exercise classes. There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required. 

Upcoming classes: Please check back soon for more information about our next quarterly wellness class.

Free cancer seminars

On the first Thursday of each month at 12-1 p.m., Massey invites the community to attend a free cancer seminar at our Stony Point location, where an expert will present on a specific form of complementary therapy. 

Upcoming topics:

Mind Over Cancer
August 7, 12-1 p.m.
VCU Massey Cancer Center at Stony Point
Patient Resource Library
9000 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond, VA
Register online or call (804) 628-4578

Maintaining a state of well-being in the midst of serious disease is a challenge, but mindfulness can help make it possible. Mindfulness brings fierce but loving attention to everything that arises in our mind and body. In this seminar, speaker Margaret Rittenhouse, L.C.S.W., will present on the mindfulness-based approach to dealing with stress and anxiety, which can help cancer patients and caregivers mentally prepare for the treatment process and become active participants in recovery. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion with the instructor and fellow participants.