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At the Cancer Resource Center at Carson Tahoe Medical Center, massage is just one program offered free of charge to cancer patients and survivors. At the center, the goal is to inform, support and help survivors realize better ways to get beyond their cancer. Massage is just one of them. Robin Graber started the massage program. "Not just because it can help lower blood pressure and stress and help with the healing process but just having someone's hands on you, touching you in a healing way."

The center offers a library of information for any kind of cancer. Wigs are also available for those who lose their hair and want to look normal. And supervisor, Ann Proffitt created Project Pink. It brings breast cancer survivors together with their families to talk to doctors about how to move beyond their diagnosis after treatments are over. Project Pink was recognized as a best of practice program by the American College of Surgeons. "To come in and learn more about how they can continue on the survivorship end of things and to be better educated what's available to them as a survivor."

Back in the massage room, Roberta Froland is a 4-time breast cancer survivor. She says massage helps her realize what it's like to not be sick. "It just helps you relax for a few minutes for an hour just to feel fine."

Written By Wendy Damonte
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