Cancer wellness that supports your treatment, healing and recovery.


Cancer wellness

Living well through every stage of your cancer journey

The Salem Health Cancer Center offers the latest technology, a wide range of services, and year-round support for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Make healthy choices every day — like avoiding tobacco, protecting your skin, limiting alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Learn more below!
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Cancer Survivors Day

Cancer center staff standing on the steps of facility.



Education and awareness

Salem Health Cancer Center partners with cancer specialists to provide education and awareness to our patients and communities.


Cancer survivors team up to raise awareness and support others

Watch this video and meet several members of The Unsinkables dragon boat team, based in Salem. This inspiring group of women is comprised entirely of cancer survivors, caregivers and others.

The dragon boat team was founded in 2015 and rows year-round. The group regularly participates in regional and international competitions. They always welcome and invite new members to join in the fun!


Unsinkables dragon boat team rowing on river

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Colon cancer screening awareness

Robert Ponec, MD presents an in-depth, virtual talk about the importance of colon cancer screening – including new recommendations to begin screening at a younger age (45 to 49 years old).

Cancer doesn’t wait – so neither should you. The American Cancer Society estimates 35% of Americans put elective medical procedures on hold, including cancer screenings, due to COVID-19-related fears and service disruptions. The earlier the cancer is detected, the more options there are for treatment, and the better the chances of survival.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the U.S. In 2020, there were 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and more than 53,000 deaths. It's largely preventable and one-third of Americans are not up-to-date on screening. Three-fourths of new cases have no known family history.


Colon cancer

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Breast cancer and genetics

This video features information from surgeon, Patricia Luckeroth, MD, FACS, Breast Care Center medical director.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

In this video, Dr. Luckeroth discusses family history, breast density, genetic testing, screening guidelines, breast cancer risk and modifiable risk factors.


Breast cancer

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Maintaining physical activity is important to your cancer journey

Regular exercise promotes lifelong wellness and helps combat cancer risk and recurrence. Following an exercise program during treatment can help improve your quality of life. The American Cancer Society recommends these actions for safe exercise.

To demonstrate staying active while staying safe at home, the Salem Health Cancer Center partnered with our physical therapists to show you how to turn sitting in a chair into a healthy workout.

Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. 

Read more physical activity tips for cancer survivors


Two physical therapists demonstrate a chair exercise by extending their arms and one leg.

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Healthy eating for cancer survivors

Your nutrition matters! A healthy eating pattern can help you feel your best. Learn more about balanced nutrition to keep your body strong during and after treatment in our recorded class, What Can I Eat?

If you have more questions after watching this video, you can sign up for a live question and answer session with our registered dietitian. To register, email us at


Healthy eating


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Healthy cooking demo: Plant-based meals

To help maximize great taste and nutrition in survivorship, a Salem Health Cancer Center registered dietitian shows how to make three quick-and-easy and delicious plant-based dishes.

Recipes featured in video:

Additional recipes and information


Plant based meals

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Fruity kale salad recipe

Eating healthy has many benefits, including reducing your risk for cancer. Learn how to make this healthy and delicious salad!


Fruity kale salad

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Marinated bean salad recipe

A well-balanced diet not only helps you live a healthier life, it can also decrease your risk for cancer. Try this tasty salad today!


Marinated bean salad


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Golden Milk Quinoa recipe

Eating healthy can help reduce your risk of cancer. A Salem Health Cancer Center dietitian recommends trying Golden Milk Quinoa, a recipe packed with fiber, protein, and natural sweetness from fresh fruits.


Salem Health dietitian in kitchen preparing Golden Milk Quinoa recipe


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Fruity Chia Seed Pudding recipe

Packed with fiber and protein, chia seeds are not only delicious but may help to reduce your cancer risk. Indulge in this nutritious snack anytime you need a flavorful boost. Your body will thank you!


Two glass bowls filled with Fruity Chia Seed Pudding


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Survivorship notebooks

Our cancer program recognizes you and your loved ones may have questions or concerns as you transition into life after cancer. Our team is here to support you as you move beyond treatment and return to wellness.

We hope you will find this notebook a helpful resource. It includes information about treatment side effects and management, follow up and wellness recommendations, and support services available to you into the future.


Cancer Survivorship Notebook (English)

Breast cancer survivorship notebook (English)

Breast Cancer Survivorship Notebook (Spanish)



Cancer Survivorship Notebook on a table

Improve your spiritual and mental health

Tending the mind

Learn more about relaxing, improving your spiritual health and enjoying the moment.

Tending the spirit

“The events of the past year have presented us with many lessons to consider. A few of them are that life is worthy of celebration, that life is best lived in community, that our approach to a situation oftentimes effects the outcome, and that life is too short to postpone joy.” Rev. Ken Morse, Salem Health chaplain

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