For Patients, Families and Caregivers
Cancer education and support are an important part of the cancer treatment process. Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas offers several programs through the Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Resource Center to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.
The Cvetko Center staff includes a medical director, program manager, nurse educator, chaplains, social workers, psychologist, music practitioner and trained cancer survivor volunteers. Click on any link below to learn more about cancer education and support programs offered at Baylor Dallas.
Cancer Group Meetings
The Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Resource Center is pleased to offer disease-specific education programs that address the needs of individuals with specific types of cancer.
Please call 214.820.2608 to register.
Unless noted otherwise, group meetings will be held in the Cvetko center, Suite 200 in the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center located at 3410 Worth Street in Dallas, Texas.
Amyloid Support North Texas: Second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 7, lower level, Truett Hospital (outside cafeteria).
Breast Cancer Group: Bimonthly, during Super Saturday, third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
Leukemia/Lymphoma Group: Bimonthly, during Super Saturday. The third Saturday of every even numbered month. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
Lung Cancer Education Group: Monthly, fourth Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., 8080 N. Central Expressway, 17th Floor.
North Texas Myeloma Support Group: Monthly, second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, 3410 Worth St.,10th floor conference center.
Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group: Monthly, second Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, 3410 Worth Street,10th floor.
Ovarian Cancer Group: First and third Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cvetko Center Group room, 3410 Worth St., Suite 200.
Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia Group: Bimonthly, during Super Saturday. The third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
Other education programs are not specific to a particular type of cancer but provide education on general topics..
Healthy Cooking Demonstrations provide tips on topics such as
Summer Sweets, Gluten-Free Favorites, Vegetarian 101 and Diabetic Delights
Look Good . . . Feel Better is a program that helps women cope with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Held first Thursday in February, April, June, August, October and December.
Restore, Relax, Renew
Offering programs designed to provide tools that may reduce tension, anxiety, anger or fatigue and promote a healthy overall well-being.
Lanny Shaeffer Book Club: Join us for a relaxing time with new friends. Each month the book club will feature a novel of general interest to read and discuss.
Journaling: Come explore the ways words and the expressive arts come together. You will both write and use art materials to enhance the healing process. No experience necessary.
Open Studio: A program designed to allow schedule flexibility as "come-and-go." Participants work alongside one another and the facilitator while engaging in and observing the creative process. All are welcome. No art experience necessary.
Therapeutic Music: A
free service for our patients that uses live music to promote healing, relaxation and stress reduction.
Passing Hats: Come and learn to knit with a loom. Whether you know how to knit or not, join us and make new friends. These hats are given to patients receiving treatment for their cancer - survivor to survivor.
FREE yoga classes for cancer patients are being offered
every first Friday of each month. Call the Cvetko Patient Resource Center at 214.820.2608 for instructions prior to attending class.
Exercises classes: Classes are offered through FitSteps. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
Monthly and Seasonal Events
Annual Ovarian Cancer Survivorship Luncheon
Annual Breast Cancer Survivorship Luncheon
Annual Lung Cancer Survivorship Luncheon
Annual Cvetko Holiday Party
Annual National Cancer Survivorship Celebration
Arts in Medicine
The Arts in Medicine program at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center is a unique offering to cancer patients and caregivers that introduces art therapy to the healing process in order to address and alleviate emotional distress, enhance physical health of the immune system, sensory system and pain levels, and instills feelings of empowerment, self-confidence and dignity. Art therapists are mental health professionals who hold a master’s degree in Art Therapy with specialized training in the therapeutic qualities of the art media and their clinical application.
We provide inpatient and outpatient art therapy services at the bedside and at the Cvetko Center’s open art studio. All services are offered at no cost.
Alternative Healing with Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with complementary health services to heal both biological and psychological problems. Integrative medicine can be beneficial for treating cancer, including those that haven't responded to normal treatments. Integrative medicine may include botanical and nutritional supplements, acupuncture, journaling, relaxation and breathing techniques, guided imagery, spiritual support and lifestyle modifications such as stress management, nutrition, exercise and sleep.
The Integrative Medicine clinic at the Cvetko Patient Resource Center is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call 214.820.2608 for more information.
Cancer Resource Area
To help you and your family learn about and cope with cancer, the Cvetko Center also offers a patient library on the Baylor Dallas campus:
Deborah Leah Kielman-Rodriguez Patient Education Library is located inside the Cvetko Center, Suite 200. This dedicated library offers books written about others' cancer experiences, books to help children understand cancer, cancer medical guides and cookbooks with healthy recipes to prepare for cancer treatment, as well a selection of books for casual reading. Check-out process is easy and free of charge. There are computers available for research for survivors to use.
Location: Suite 280 in Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ernie's Appearance Center is a special boutique available to help you look and feel your best during your cancer treatment.
Ernie's offers products and services that minimize the effects of cancer therapy. A certified fitter is available to help meet your needs.
- Breast prosthesis
- Compression garments
- Educational books and DVDs
- Gift items
- Hair alternatives, wig selections
- Hats, scarves, head wraps
- Mastectomy and fashion bras, swimsuits, specialized clothing
- Nutraceuticals, supplements, vitamins and nutritional support products
- Sun-protective clothing
- A certified fitter is available to help meet any special needs
- Medicare assignment is accepted
- Walk-ins are welcome or you may make an appointment