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Wellness Programs & Classes

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our patients. We strive to support patients and caregivers with all aspects of living with cancer. In addition to support groups and services and emotional support, we also offer the following wellness programs and classes.

Wellness Programs

Beauty and Cancer Program

The Beauty and Cancer Program offers ideas for personal care during cancer treatment and support from caring volunteers. Volunteers can assist SCCA patients with hats, turbans, wigs, skin care and make-up, and can help identify related community resources. To schedule an appointment with a Beauty and Cancer volunteer at the SCCA clinic or on floor 8-SE at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), call (206) 598-3604. Also, see resources related to head coverings.

Living Well With Cancer Program

Living Well With Cancer Program instructors and volunteers provide complementary classes and activities for patients, family members and caregivers at the SCCA clinic and at UWMC. For more information, visit the Patient & Family Resource Center at the SCCA clinic.

Living Well With Cancer Program volunteers also assist patients’ family members and friends in UWMC’s Cancer Library on floor 8-SE. The library has books, tapes, videos and computers to access the Internet. For more information, call (206) 598-7880.

Healing Music Project

Healing Music Project volunteers perform uplifting, soothing music for patients and their caregivers in the SCCA clinic waiting areas and in the main lobby. You may request a schedule of music performances from the concierge in the Patient & Family Resource Center.

Team Survivor Northwest

Team Survivor Northwest sponsors an exercise program for women in all stages of cancer survivorship. It is led by a certified fitness trainer and is designed for all women cancer survivors of any fitness level. Work out in the company of other cancer survivors in a safe, warm, supportive environment. Patients currently undergoing treatment will need a physician’s release form. Forms are available in the Patient & Family Resource Center.

Knit for Life Knitting Group

Sponsored by the UWMC Service League, this group provides a chance for you to learn how to knit or expand your knitting skills, and get to know other patients, caregivers and wonderful volunteers. Knitting needles and yarn are provided. Classes meet every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the main lobby of the SCCA clinic.

Crafts and Conversation

Patients, families and caregivers are invited to join our creative volunteers for fun craft projects and companionship. Craft supplies are provided. No previous arts and crafts experience is necessary. For information, call (206) 288-1072.

Look Good ... Feel Better

This is a unique program offered by the American Cancer Society for women and teens undergoing cancer treatment. Our sessions at the SCCA clinic focus on skin care, cosmetics, wigs and head wraps. Patients will receive a complimentary makeover and cosmetic samples. Get more information online.

Harmony Hill Cancer Retreats

Harmony Hill offers one-day and three-day retreats to help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer. The retreats are offered at no cost to participants. Harmony Hill is located two hours from Seattle in Union on the south shore of Hood Canal. Brochures are located at the SCCA Patient & Family Resource Center. For more information, call (360) 898-2363. 


Gentle Yoga

Yoga classes at SCCA cover relaxation and breathing techniques; gentle arm, leg and back movements; and stretching. The gentle group class is especially for patients and their caregivers. Instruction is adapted to individual needs and limitations. Transplant patients are asked to sit in chairs (instead of using floor mats). Classes are offered every Thursday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in room 3100 at the SCCA clinic.

Food Safety During Cancer Treatment

Open to the public, this class is offered every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms 1006 and 1008 on the first floor of the SCCA clinic. People with decreased immunity due to illness or cancer treatment are at increased risk for foodborne illness. Guidelines for safe food handling, from grocery shopping to food preparation and storage, are discussed. Safety hints for eating outside the home are also provided. For more information, call the main nutrition line at (206) 288-1148. Read more about food safety.

Nutrition Classes

SCCA nutritionists provide reliable and accurate food and nutrition advice to help optimize nutritional health and recovery during and after cancer treatment. Weekly classes are offered to help SCCA patients interpret scientific findings into easy-to-understand nutrition information. Read more about nutrition.

Managing Care at Home Class

This class for transplant patients is offered every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ask your healthcare team about attending this class if you are having a transplant.

Cancer Lifeline Classes and Events

Cancer Lifeline holds classes, workshops and events in the Seattle area.

If you have information that would be helpful to SCCA patients and families, please call the Patient & Family Resource Center at (206) 288-2082 or e-mail the information to