Cancer Support Services responds to the needs of people with cancer and their families, needs that go beyond medical treatment. We link people experiencing cancer with trusted local businesses to help meet basic needs, ease stress, and promote healing.
We serve area residents from early in their diagnosis up to a year after their last treatment. Over the past year we have assisted 120 individuals.
Cancer Support Services Application (follow this link to download the form)
For more information or to access services, please call the Community Services Office at (575) 751-8927.
The Cancer Support Services Annual Report is now available online.
Tuesdays, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
413 Sipapu Street
Taos, NM 87571
The support group is for everyone recently diagnosed with cancer, currently receiving treatment, or for those who have completed their treatment within the past year, as well as for family members and caregivers. The support group is being led by Jason Pfiefer, certified coach. The group’s focus is to help people connect with others who are experiencing similar situations and feelings, as well as provide a forum to discuss diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer.
Liz Fox is the Assistant Coordinator for the program and support group's co-facilitator. Cancer has touched Liz’s family for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and both parents were affected by the disease. During a 22 year career as an Occupational Therapist, Liz worked with people with physical disabilities, including cancer.
Liz also pursues other interests, including teaching yoga, meditation, and volunteering.
For more information:
Phone: (575) 751-8927
This is an American Cancer Society service program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their potentially lifesaving cancer treatments and home again. Volunteer drivers from the community donate their automobiles, gas, and time to assist area cancer patients. There are currently only five Road to Recovery drivers in Taos.
To request a ride to their treatments or cancer-related appointments
Phone: 1-800-227-2345 (toll free)
For more information on how to volunteer
Phone: 1-800-227-2345 (toll free)
Fourth Thursday, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
413 Sipapu Street
Taos, NM 87571
This is a free program that teaches female cancer patients how to cope with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The program is taught by licensed and trained cosmetologists to help restore appearance and self-esteem through the use of skincare and makeup products, wigs, scarves, and other accessories. In addition to teaching beauty techniques, LGFB sessions teach women how to properly care for their skin and nails during cancer treatment. LGFB is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and participants receive a free bag of makeup matched to their skin tone from leading cosmetic companies (salon quality, brand neutral) valued at $250.
For more information or to register
Aurafitness provides one-on-one personal training and consulting services for clients who’ve recently completed their cancer treatment and have been cleared by their physicians to exercise.
This package is designed as a transitional support for helping clients make a positive reconnection with physical health and well-being. We consult individually with clients and then help plan safe exercise plans tailored to each individual. We provide a supportive, private space that is ideal for venturing back into physical fitness. The environment is both encouraging and empowering.
The package includes three sessions of approximately one hour each:
We take into account each person’s history, current status, exercise style, preferences and goals. Clients can request either Aura or David Garver, both are certified Personal Trainers by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
More than a massage therapist, Patrice Johnson supports her clients to achieve greater wellness through personally-tailored sessions that include massage, movement therapies like Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga, and energy balancing techniques. Results include increased efficiency of movement, relief from discomfort, an increase in flexibility and energy levels, and relaxation and rejuvenation.
Trained as a Holistic Health Practitioner at the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, CA, Patrice has practiced in Taos since 2005. Living here has inspired her to share what she knows best - how to assist people at all stages of health in understanding the form and function of their bodies.
Taos Yoga Therapy specializes in small group classes, therapeutic yoga programs, classic yogic studies, and continuing education. Our wellness sessions are ideal for developing a personal yoga or meditation practice, or for those who are living with or recovering from treatment or injury, who are dealing with specific health challenges, or who strive for optimal health and prefer a slower-paced program in a one-on-one setting. Group classes are adapted to the requirements of each individual so that students experience functional movements that are accessible and comfortable. This results in a balanced practice that promotes strength and stamina, flexibility, enhanced breath capacity, and mental steadiness.
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Facing serious health issues can be daunting. A Health Awareness Coach can provide a neutral set of eyes and ears to help you focus, prioritize, and decide what to do to feel better. After going through the hospice process with her own father, Liz Fruits enrolled in nursing school, where she precepted in Oncology and earned her RN.
In 2006, she began working as a Medical/Surgical nurse and member of inpatient CARE team at Holy Cross Hospital. In 1997, after four years of training, she became a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner ™, which influences the way she sees movement, recovery from injuries and illness, and how individuals create their own healing paths.
As a Health Awareness Coach, she helps you raise awareness of current health goals and navigate the different healing modalities available to you. She provides support in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere of understanding and empathy. After an assessment, three sessions are provided.
Our Personal Care Services provide eligible clients with personalized assistance to remain at home and avoid nursing-home placement.
We provide each client the encouragement to do what they can. We make sure that they are safe, that they are warm and clean, that they enjoy a nourishing meal, and that they take their medications. It really is the little things that matter.
Care is delivered by our staff of over 100 Personal Care Attendants, who receive specialized training every month. Monthly visits are conducted to ensure client satisfaction with their care, and their assigned caregiver.
Golden Willow Retreat, located in Taos, provides counseling, education and support locally to individuals, families and communities experiencing grief & loss. We offer grief counseling and ongoing grief support groups to the community.
Golden Willow Retreat was founded in 2001 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Willow Clinic provides each patient with a personalized health restoration plan at any stage of their recovery. Dr. Colonna is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in practice for nearly twenty years at Willow Clinic, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
She takes into account each patient’s health history, constitution, life circumstances and goals to tailor the most effective treatment plan to restore physical and emotional balance. She uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, nutrition and breathing techniques to support the immune system during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Post cancer treatment Dr. Colonna helps patients make life style changes to remain free of cancer.
Expected outcome from receiving Dr. Colonna's treatments include relief from discomfort and pain, enhanced immunity, increased energy and optimism, relaxation and rejuvenation, education and support towards making a transition to a healthier lifestyle.
At Golden Mountain Tai Chi, we guide our students on their path to healing, transformation, and self-mastery through the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi. Our students learn the medical, martial, and spiritual aspects of Qigong and Tai Chi while building strength and flexibility, balance and coordination, relaxation and focus.
Golden Mountain Tai Chi is grateful for the opportunity to offer FREE Qigong classes to all Cancer Support Services members. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-550pm at TaoSatva, located at #2 Upper Colonias in El Prado (the former Betty Winslow dance studio at the intersection of HWY64 and Upper Colonias).
What is Qigong? Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an effective compilation of preventive, self-healing, and strengthening exercises well-suited to cancer patients. Like acupuncture, Medical Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate life force energy (Qi) throughout the body.
Medical Qigong offers proven theory and training methods to achieve longevity and a higher quality of life, using ancient techniques to prevent injury and recover faster by focusing on joint and organ strength. According to TCM, the body’s health and vitality is in direct proportion to organ health and circulation of life-force energy. Medical Qigong exercises directly stimulate circulation of life-force energy, increasing one’s organ health and vitality.
Qigong also has a spiritual dimension: it teaches us how to be in the present moment, to be calm, focused, and less emotionally reactive to life events (such as a cancer diagnosis) that may cause stress, anxiety, depression, or suffering.
For more information
Are you a cancer survivor or know of one?
Would you be willing to share with us what supports helped you?
What didn’t you have that you needed?
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