Resources and Events

We believe survivorship starts the day you are diagnosed with cancer. We help you adjust to various changes in your life during and following treatment.

To help you access information and connect with others going through similar experiences, we offer lending libraries and support groups.

Referrals can be made for acupuncture, therapeutic massage, nutrition consultation, social work and spiritual support. If you are interested in any of these offerings, let your doctor know.

Our navigation team will help you and your family access these services, as well as others you may need. Download the Patient and Family Guide to Services and Resources.

Oncology nurse navigators

Our oncology nurse navigators are registered nurses who provides patients with information to help them understand their disease and treatment. The oncology nurse navigators focus on breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer with support for other cancers. They may, for example, initiate contact with new patients prior to their first visit to the Cancer Center to help answer questions and coordinate the logistics of their upcoming treatment. The oncology nurse navigators also serve as facilitator for several of the support programs and classes offered to patients and their families at the Cancer Center.

The oncology nurse navigators arrange cancer screening clinics throughout the year and develop educational programs for local schools and other community settings.

You can reach our oncology nurse navigators through the Cancer Center at 509-897-5700

Cancer social worker

The cancer social worker helps patients and their families through the challenges brought about by cancer and treatment. We are trained to help patients adjust to illness, to the ups and downs of treatment and to shifting roles within the family. We are here to provide emotional support to you and those closest to you through individual and family counseling, and through support programs, classes and other services that can reduce stress for you and your family.

Our social worker also can help you access financial resources and insurance and disability benefits, along with community resources such as transportation, housing, home health or hospice care.

All services provided by our social worker are offered at no charge to you. Call 509-897-5700 or ask your doctor or nurse for an appointment.

Providence Cancer Center Resource Center

The Providence Cancer Center Resource Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center provides current cancer-related information and resources. The Resource Center is staffed with volunteers who link you with programs and services, including classes, and help with lodging and transportation. They also can refer you to community resources.

The Resource Center’s hours of operation vary. Please call us for times or to arrange a visit at your convenience; call 509-897-8930.

  • Online information is always available at
  • Cancer information specialists are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the National Cancer Information Center at 800-227-2345.
  • The Cancer Survivors Network is another resource to explore. Learn more at
Cancer Support Group

Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. For people at any stage of the cancer journey. Call 509-897-5700.

Walla Walla Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Marian Room on Level 1 near the cafeteria at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Call 509-897-5700.

Smoking Cessation Classes

Freedom From Smoking is the premier smoking cessation program from the American Lung Association. Based on current addiction and behavior change models, the program helps participants develop a plan of action leading to quit day and provides the support they need to remain smoke free for good.

Over eight sessions, quit with a group of individuals under the guidance of an expert facilitator.

Cost is $25 per person (workbook and materials included). Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Clinics are offered every other month, January through October.

To register, contact Shawn Mabley: 509-897-2820 or send an email.

Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB)

Offered several times a year, this is a support program dedicated to the emotional support of children who have a parent or grandparent or other family member with cancer. The free program offers four weekly, 90-minute group meetings for children ages 6 to 13. During the meetings, discussion and arts and crafts are used to help children express their feelings. This workshop is entirely funded through donations to Providence St. Mary Foundation.

Creative expressions

This activity helps cancer patients explore painting as a means of expressing feelings in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental setting. There is no need for prior experience and materials are provided. Classes meet on scheduled Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. This workshop is entirely funded through donations to Providence St. Mary Foundation.

Look good feel better

A free national public service program that helps women with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes. Hats, scarfs and wigs are provided, as well as tips for their use. Held in the Cancer Center Conference Room on the second Wednesday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m. RSVP is required. Call 509-897-5700 to register. Learn more about the program nationally at