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Comprehensive cancer care centered personalized for you

Comprehensive cancer care, personalized for you

Penn State Cancer Institute created the Cancer Assistance and Resource Education (CARE) Center to provide the support and education you need to navigate through treatment and beyond. It combines evidence-based medical treatments with supportive care to help you live your best life.

The CARE Model

The CARE Center’s welcoming, private environment provides the perfect setting for you and your support person to meet with your care team and discuss any challenges you might be experiencing. Coordinated across multiple areas of expertise, these whole-person care services help reduce stress, manage side effects and enhance recovery. 

  • Practical - finances, insurance, employment, education, housing and transportation
  • Family - individual, couple, family, parenting, caregiving and eldercare resources
  • Emotional - anxiety- and mood-related issues, stress and coping, grief and loss, patient and family support groups, and individual and group psychotherapy. View our Couples Retreat Video
  • Spiritual - chaplain and spiritual support
  • Physical - information and resources for disease and treatment-related side effects, nutrition and exercise programs, palliative medicine referrals and a self-service genetic screening kiosk
  • Complementary - whole-person care for the body, mind and spirit, including SurviveWELL and the Center Stage Arts in Health program
  • Educational - health- and treatment-related information, including web-based conferencing and patient-friendly kiosks

The Referral and Appointment Process

You can easily access CARE Center resources through self-referral or with a direct referral from your provider or another care team member. Located on the second floor of the Cancer Institute, the center can accommodate patients on a walk-in basis or by in-person and virtual appointments.

Cancer Risk Assessment

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Contact Information

Contact Us

1-888-531-6585, option 4
400 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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Embark with Care

Yoga offers support for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and has helped people for thousands of years’ experience a greater sense of well-being.  Yoga includes more than positioning the body in certain ways.  Beyond gentle movement, practices may include relaxed breathing, picturing relaxing images, letting go of tension in muscles, and ways to quiet the mind. It also includes practicing ways to self-regulate, following values and principles like kindness, honesty, steadiness, and contentment in daily life, as well as spiritual awareness. Yoga Therapy tailors these tools to each person, including those diagnosed with cancer, according to their unique needs, symptoms, and personal goals.

Several studies have shown potential benefits of yoga therapy to manage symptoms in patients with cancer, including: decreasing tiredness, pain, anxiety, depression, stress, and sleeplessness.  Improvements may include increased flexibility, balance, mood, and overall quality of life.

Risks associated with Yoga or Yoga Therapy movement practices may be different for each person, and related to cancer and/or another condition. Importantly, follow your healthcare provider’s advice and your inner wisdom to avoid strain or going beyond the body’s current limits.

Yoga Therapy is an integrative, complementary approach to health and wellness that supports traditional medical care. Note, it is not a replacement for physical therapy, medical, and/or psychological care.

From the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): “YOGA THERAPY IS the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.”

For more information or to register for an Introductory Session with the Invitation to Experience, email Beth Voss, CARE Center medical office associate or call 717-531-0003, x285186

Dawn Shawley, certified yoga instructor​​​​​​​Dawn Shawley, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is a registered and certified yoga instructor with over 15 years of experience in adaptive yoga to a wide range of individuals.  As a certified Yoga Therapist, Shawley works with each person to increase self-awareness and create a foundation from which to navigate change and stress with greater ease.  

Shawley’s professional training includes: 2007: 200-Hour Certification, Integral Yoga (RYT200); 2019: Pelvic Floor Yoga™ certification, Leslie Howard; and 2021: 800-Hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy certification, YogaLife Institute (E-RYT500, C-IAYT).

The following studies suggest benefits of yoga for those going through cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery:

  1. White Paper: Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors
  2. Review of yoga therapy during cancer treatment – Danhauer SC, Addington EL, Sohl SJ, Chaoul A, Cohen L. Review of yoga therapy during cancer treatment. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Apr;25(4):1357-1372. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3556-9. Epub 2017 Jan 7. PMID: 28064385; PMCID: PMC5777241.
  3. Yoga for symptom management in oncology: A review of the evidence base and future directions for research – Danhauer SC, Addington EL, Cohen L, Sohl SJ, Van Puymbroeck M, Albinati NK, Culos-Reed SN. Yoga for symptom management in oncology: A review of the evidence base and future directions for research. Cancer. 2019 Jun 15;125(12):1979-1989. doi: 10.1002/cncr.31979. Epub 2019 Apr 1. PMID: 30933317; PMCID: PMC6541520.