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Support & Wellness Services

Multiple support and wellness services are offered within the Seacoast Cancer Center and throughout Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

Services offered within the Seacoast Cancer Center:
Social Work Services
Nutrition Services
Integrative Therapies

Services offered at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital:
Oncology Rehabilitation
Smoking Cessation
Support Groups

Services offered at The Works Family Health & Fitness Center:
Exercise Works for Cancer Recovery Program



Social Work Services

Oncology social workers provide counseling and other services which can reduce stress for patients and their family through all phases of cancer.We can help with:

  • accessing information to help understand diagnosis and treatment
  • coping with a diagnosis of cancer
  • considering decisions about treatment options
  • providing support for you and your family
  • helping you find support within the community
  • making referrals to support and educational groups
  • assisting with Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning

For more information, please contact Anne Daugherty, LICSW at (603) 740-2830.

Nutrition Services

Eating well is important during cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship. Nutrition is associated with treatment tolerance and quality of life. The Seacoast Cancer Center has a Registered Dietitian to help cancer patients optimize their nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment.

We can help with:

  • preparing for cancer treatment
  • managing nutrition-related treatment side effects
  • customizing nutrition plans
  • minimizing weight and muscle loss during therapy
  • recommending alternative forms of nutrition such as tube feeds
  • customizing and monitoring tube feeds
  • providing specific guidelines for survivorship to decrease risk of recurrence

For more information, please call (603) 740-2636.

Integrative Therapies

Services available in the Seacoast Cancer Center:

  • Clinical Aromatherapy: A certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner will work with you to match your specific symptoms and scent preferences with the essential plant oil(s) indicated for your symptoms.
  • Guided Imagery: Guided Imagery CD's are available "on loan" from our Integrative Wellness Services staff.
  • Pet Visitation: Specially-trained and certified pet therapy dogs (along with their handlers who are hospital volunteers) visit the Cancer Center on scheduled days weekly.
  • Reiki: Gentle energy-work can provide deep relaxation and may evoke a sense of peace. The practitioner uses light touch and relaxing music. Reiki can calm stress and anxiety, including "before surgery jitters" and can complement pain management, sleep problems, cancer treatments, and comfort/end-of-life care.
  • Acupuncture: Treatments may help alleviate symptoms like nausea, fatigue, pain and dry mouth, as well as help to relieve stress.

Additional Integrative Therapy services offered at a cost include:

  • Massage: Our therapists specialize in relaxation (Swedish), deep tissue, pregnancy, cancer care and geriatric massage.
    • Massage for SCC outpatients and family or friends: please call (603) 740-2671 to schedule.  


Oncology Rehabilitation

Independence and overall quality of life play an important role in cancer treatment. Our Oncology Rehabilitation Team helps you find fulfillment in your level of independence by reinforcing the strength and energy you need to participate in daily activities that are important to you. We help you maintain your optimal level of functional independence before, during, and after treatment. more information

Smoking Cessation Services

Outpatient smoking cessation 1-on-1 counseling is available through the Pulmonary Medicine Department. Sessions are approximately 30 minutes and up to 8 sessions are covered by many insurance providers. We recommend you check with your insurance provider about coverage. If you are interested in counseling, talk with your oncologist or primary care physician. You can also contact Pulmonary Medicine for more information at (603) 742-5252 extension 2752.

Smoking hypnosis class meets at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. No referral is needed. The course is led by certified hypnotherapist Ed Lane. A $50 fee is due before class to reserve your spot. To register, or for more information, please call Community Relations at (603) 740-2818.

Support Groups

Breast Cancer Survivor Group
Meets the second Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 pm. This peer-led group provides open discussion and support to any woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. For location and more information, please call (603) 740-2830.

Gynecologic Cancer Support
Meets the first Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7:00 PM (except when holidays occur in the same week). For more information, please contact Kathy Quinn, RN, at (603) 609-6024 or Judith Geaghan, LICSW, at (603) 740-2226.

Look Good...Feel Better
An American Cancer Society program that meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11-12:30pm. Estheticians and stylists voluneer their expertise in teaching beautry techniques to female cancer patients currently in treatment. Patients will learn to combat appearance related side effects of cancer treatment such as dry skin, hair loss, etc. Each participant receives a free makeup kit full of samples from various cosmetic manufacturers. Registration is required.

All groups are free of charge. Refreshments provided. For more information, please call Anne Daugherty, LICSW at (603) 740-2830 or the SCC at (603) 742-8787.

Exercise Works for Cancer Recovery Program

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Rehabilitation Services, Seacoast Cancer Center and The Works Family Health & Fitness Center are pleased to offer an exercise program for cancer patients. The program services as a "bridge" to assist patients in the challenging transition from treatment and rehab to previous activities and levels of functioning.

Entry into the program requires a referral from your oncologist, primary care provider or specialist.

For more information, please speak with your treatment team at the Cancer Center and visit our Exercise Works for Cancer Recovery page.


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789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 742-5252
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