Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center in Mount Vernon and Arlington, WA


Support Groups

Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center offers multiple support groups to help meet the emotional needs of patients and caregivers. All programs are free of charge. For additional information on any of these services or events please call 360-814-8255 .

Look Good, Feel Better
Women's Cancer Support Group
Art and Healing Group
Mindful Living with Cancer
LIVESTRONG Winter Session 2014
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Cancer Patients

Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better program at Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center in Mount Vernon, WACancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. This program teaches beauty techniques to women in active treatment or those who are about to start treatment.  It helps them combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment.

The Look Good, Feel Better sessions are led by trained, volunteer cosmetologists who teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry.  Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Pre-registration is required; please call 425-404-2193. Held the fourth Monday of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. at Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center, Safeway Conference Room (3rd floor.) Evening classes available from 5-7 p.m. in March, June and September.

Learn more about the Look Good, Feel Better program in this video.

Women's Cancer Support Group
Second Monday of each month from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Safeway Conference Room (third floor) at the Regional Cancer Care Center. This group is for women who are undergoing treatment for, or have experienced, any type of cancer. Facilitated by an Oncology Social Worker, with guest speakers arranged. Call 360-814-8255 for additional information. Group does not meet in December.

Art and Healing Group
First and third Mondays of each month, 2 – 4 p.m. in the Safeway Conference Room (third floor) at the Regional Cancer Care Center. Our knowledgeable instructor Margaret Carpenter Arnett, BSN, ATR, has been doing art therapy with cancer patients for more than 20 years. Creating art can promote healing by reducing anxiety and stress and improving emotional well-being. It is a great opportunity to process and integrate the challenges of serious illness and treatment. Please note that artistic “skills” are not required! Come and join this fun and welcoming group. For more information call 360-814-8255.

Mindful Living with Cancer: For Patients, Survivors and Caregivers
Mindfullness is an approach to living which can be a powerful tool for dealing with stress, illness and many other medical and psychological conditions. It is a way of being more deeply present in our bodies, thoughts and emotions. It can help us to see the present moment with clarity and react with less judgment. With this, we can actually reduce our response to pain, whether physical or emotional. Ultimately, mindfulness can help us be more “awake” in our lives, often leading to relaxation, a greater sense of control and more effective coping in stressful situations.

This class meets weekly and will include various types of meditation practice, gentle stretching and activities to increase one’s understanding of the mind and body. The class is free and is offered on a ‘drop-in’ basis.  No registration is required. For more information call 360-814-8255.

This class meets weekly on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to Noon (please arrive at least five minutes before class begins) and is held in the Safeway Conference Room at SVH Regional Cancer Care Center, third floor. The leader is Laura Cardinal, MSW, LICSW.

LIVESTRONG Spring 2014 Session
The Skagit Valley Family YMCA is again offering their very popular class to cancer patients. The classes are free and a membership to the YMCA is included! It consists of individualized exercise program based on the goals of the participant along with presentations from professionals in the community, including SVH Regional Cancer Care Center. The LIVESTRONG program meets each Tuesday and Thursday. The Spring 2014 session will be held from April 15 - July 3.

To register, participants will need to fill out the LIVESTRONG application at the YMCA and get their physician’s clearance before April 10.  There will be an ‘intake meeting’ with each participant before the class starts to go over their goals and concerns, give a tour of the facilities and to answer any questions.

For more information or to register, contact Erin McMillan, YMCA Fitness and Sports Director at 360-336-9622 or

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for SVH Cancer Patients|
Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center offers Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) to cancer patients on Thursdays by appointment. What is OMT?  It is hands-on care, and when appropriate, our osteopathic physicians will use their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. OMT techniques are used to move muscles, soft tissues and joints by stretching or applying gentle pressure and resistance. OMT can ease pain, support healing and increase mobility. OMT may be used to treat pain or a variety of other symptoms. To get more information or schedule an appointment, call 360-814-2620 or 360-814-2655.