Behavioral Health Services

Coping with cancer can be challenging. At UMC Cancer Center the Behavioral Health Team is available to help you and your family.

The team

The Behavioral Health Team within the UMC Cancer Center is available to help you and your family in several ways, including:

  • Coping with depression, anxiety, stress and more
  • Relaxation and mindfulness training
  • Help with quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco using the Breathe Easy and B.E.S.S.T (Stop Smoking Today Program) Tobacco Cessation Program
  • Help with improving the quality of your sleep
  • Emotional and grief support
  • Assistance with non-medication pain management options
  • Assistance with communicating with your doctors, friends, and/or family

B.E.S.S.T Program

The B.E.S.S.T method is a smoking cessation program available to all UMC Cancer Center patients to help them live free of tobacco dependence. This program can be utilized to stop smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products. The program lasts 8 weeks and starts with an in-person meeting with one of our behavioral health specialists, followed by weekly phone conversations. Most patients who apply the principles learned in the program can successfully stop using tobacco products. The best part of the program is that it comes at no cost to patients. 

For more information regarding the program call 806.775.8290.
Several local and online support/community groups for patients and their loved ones are also available upon request. 

The Cornerstone Support Group

The Cornerstone Group is being offered on the 3rd Thursday this year instead of the 3rd Wednesday.

The schedule for the Cornerstone Group this year is as follows:

January 19th focusing on Malignant Hematology
February 16th focusing on Head and Neck Cancers
March 16th focusing on GI Cancers
April 20th focusing on Breast Cancer
May 18th focusing on Lung Cancer
June 15th focusing on Caregivers and Family Support
July 20th focusing on Malignant Hematology
August 17th focusing on Head and Neck Cancers
September 15th focusing on GI Cancers
October 19th focusing on Breast Cancer
November 16th focusing on Lung Cancer
December 15th focusing on Caregivers and Family Support

Each month the UMC Cancer Center hosts the Cornerstone Support Group. This group is welcome to all patients, families, and friends. The Cornerstone group provides information on various topics and disease-specific cancers to help cancer patients, friends, families, and their communities manage life with cancer. Topics change monthly and include mindfulness and relaxation, art therapy, exercise, dietary concerns, coping with side effects of treatment, and more. Join us in sharing patient experiences and learn how to live a fulfilling life while on your cancer journey. 

For more information, please call the UMC Cancer Center at 806.775.8290

Chair Yoga Class

We offer a biweekly chair yoga class to help our patients remain active during their cancer journey. The class involves light physical activity combined with guided meditations. All poses are seated or standing. No yoga mat or special equipment is necessary. The class is physically low impact, but provides opportunities for light exercise and improved mindfulness. All patients and family members are welcome. The class is offered here at the UMC Cancer Center, on alternate Saturdays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

The schedule is as follows:

January 14
January 28
February 11
February 25
March 10
March 25
April 7
April 21
May 6
May 20
June 3
June 17
July 1

July 15
July 29
August 12
August 26
September 9
September 23
October 7
October 21
November 4
November 18
December 2
December 16

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