Mission Hope Cancer Center
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SoulCollage Class

Meets the second Friday of each month 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Dates for 2018: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14

Mission Hope Cancer Center • Conference Center, First Floor 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

SoulCollage® is an art therapy activity suitable for everyone, offering a visual way to discover your feelings and inner wisdom. Originated by Seena B. Frost, SoulCollage® leads participants in a collage process that promotes healing and self-discovery. This creative outlet has been used successfully in the treatment of grief, trauma, recovery, respite and renewal, and all of life's major transitions. Materials are provided.

Reservations are required; please call 219.HOPE (4673).

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Learning Origami with Jane

Monday mornings:
January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Origami, the art of paper folding, emphasizes mindfulness as participants are immersed in an activity that pleasantly engages the senses of touch, sight and hearing while producing an elegant construction. More than just an art project, origami helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental concentration—all of which strengthens the brain. Materials are simple, yet the activity always brings about wonder and often a smile as a two dimensional piece of paper is transformed into a swan, a crane, a flapping bird, sailboat or the jumping frog. Especially fitting for cancer survivors, many of the origami designs are symbols of hope and new beginning.

Jane Abela, a cancer survivor, taught this art form while substitute teaching in the Orcutt School District. Learning origami in a group setting encourages people to help each other and many find a real sense of accomplishment. You're invited to attend one or all four sessions.

Reservations are required.
Please call Mission Hope to register: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

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Look Good, Feel Better

Classes held the Third Tuesday of each month: 9:30 a.m.
January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17

Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

The Look Good Feel Better program is dedicated to helping cancer patients look as good as possible during chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments. While most changes in appearance are temporary, we believe it is important to provide women with tips and techniques that will help them look—and feel—better today! Personal Care Products Council-member companies donate all of the products used in brand-neutral packaging. Step-by-step instructions are given in groups as trained cosmetologists teach how to do everything from drawing eyebrows to concealer tricks. All of this is done in the supportive company of other women who are going through the same cancer experience. Join us to look good and feel even better!

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Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer

Meets the second Monday of the month
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center Conference Room

Upcoming meeting dates/programs:
January 8: Acupressure for Self Help: Be Healthy, Be Radiant, Be Love Cindy Au, Acupuncturist
February 12: iTHRIVE Program Discussion, Kim Neace, RN, OCN
March 12: A Patient's Guide to Immuno-Oncology, Laura Brennan, Immuno-Oncology-Clinical Liaison/Bristol Meyers Squibb
April 9: Update on Current Nutritional Research for Cancer Patients, Dhagash Joshi, MD, Family Medicine
May 14: Sharing and Caring
June 11: Dealing With Anxiety in Survivorship, Tom Steffora, LMFT

We are dedicated to meeting the specific emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Meetings include educational presentations given by qualified speakers and/or time to brainstorm and address anyone's questions, concerns or fears.

For information, please contact Group Facilitator Aundie Werner, MS, CCC-SLP, at 805.739.3185 or via email at Aundie.Werner@DignityHealth.org.

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Which Diet is Best For Most Cancer Survivors?

Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn A. Gazella, this discussion will compare and contrast some common diets that promise to help fight cancer to assist you to make a decision that's right for you.

You can access the talk via your own computer (see below) or join us in the conference room at Mission Hope.

Friday, January 26 • 10:00 a.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

One of the most common questions cancer survivors ask is, "What diet should I follow to help reduce my risk of getting cancer again?" There is so much information and so many claims about "anti-cancer" diets, it can feel overwhelming and hard to make the right decision.

During this informational live webinar presented at the Mission Hope Cancer Center, Dr. Alschuler and Karolyn will describe various diets including Paleo, Ketogenic, and Mediterranean diets and then provide scientific rationale as to the merits and limitations of these diets. In this lively and engaging presentation, Dr. Alschuler and Karolyn will empower you with information to help you sift through the food confusion.

How to access the webinar on your computer: Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/513769530

At the time of the meeting, participants simply type the above link in their internet browser. If you have never used Zoom on your computer before, you will be asked to download a quick plug in and then be brought into the meeting. The presentation will last about 40 minutes with a slide presentation to be followed by a question and answer session.

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Taking Care of Your Heart During Your Cancer Journey

Wednesday, January 31 • 5:30 p.m.
Interactive session featuring: Mark L. Ginkel, MD, FACC

Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Please call Mission Hope Cancer Center at 805.219.HOPE (4673).


Heart health should be a priority for everyone. Cancer survivors have even more reason to be vigilant and many have some specific concerns regarding previous treatment or strategies moving forward.

You are invited to join us at this special interactive discussion with local expert Mark Ginkel, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Service at Marian Regional Medical Center, to get answers to your questions and hear the latest information.

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Protect Yourself: Preventing HPV

Tuesday, February 13 • 5:30 p.m.

Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Room G106 (Student Center), Santa Maria


Reservations required; please call Mission Hope Cancer Center to register: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

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Which Diet is Best For Most Cancer Survivors?

Friday, January 26 • 10:00 a.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, and Karolyn A. Gazella, creators of the iTHRIVE Cancer Survivorship Plan at Mission Hope Cancer Center, this discussion will compare and contrast some common diets.

You can access the talk via your own computer (see below) or join us in the conference room at Mission Hope.

How to access the webinar on your computer:
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/513769530

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Estate Planning and Advance Healthcare Directive Workshop

Wednesday, February 28 • 5:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Space is limited and reservations are required; please call 805.219.HOPE (4673).

The lives of people who have been diagnosed with cancer are often turned completely inside out. Savings can be depleted, jobs may be jeopardized and priorities may change. Financial planning is an important step one can take to make sure finances are secure. Even if you took care of your estate planning years ago, your trust/will/advance healthcare directive should be reviewed periodically, especially after a life changing event such as a cancer diagnosis. Another important document is the Five Wishes Living Will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. Written with the help of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging as well as the nation's leading experts in end-oflife care, this document allows you to specify your wishes if you get seriously ill. This can be thought of as a real gift for those you love. Join us to get the guidance you need to complete this important task.

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Women's Wisdom Circle

Selected Fridays: January 5 and February 2 • 1:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Women have always gathered together to share their collective strength and wisdom across all ages and all cultures. Paths cross for a reason, for a moment—and possibly—for a life time. We all touch each other's lives so let our journeys converge here. Come and share your experiences, your joys, your challenges as we witness each other's lives and share our collective wisdom. Join us to be inspired and strengthened and to feel supported in a safe place. Facilitated by Terrie Miley, we gather together to encourage each other and to honor both our similarities and our differences.

Let this gathering help you to:
- Feel more hopeful and not so alone and know that others have the same struggles.
- Have the chance to talk about and work through issues you may be having.
- Handle practical problems of day to day living.
- Cope with side effects of treatment.


You can talk, share or just sit and listen. This supportive environment, where honesty is encouraged and accepted, can help women to nurture themselves as well as others. Being able to open up without fear of being judged or hurting someone makes one feel accepted and allows the healing process to flourish.

Registration is required. Please call Mission Hope for a reservation: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

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Men's Cancer Discussion Group

Selected Fridays • 8:00 a.m.
January 12, 26 and February 9, 23*
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Facilitated by Sean Hunt, RN, BSN, OCN, this meeting provides a relaxed forum to discuss issues, exchange information, share concerns and get answers. The group is designed to benefit men at any stage of the cancer journey: newly-diagnosed, currently undergoing treatment and those finished with treatment. On occasion, guest speakers are invited to present information on relevant topics.

Refreshments served • No reservations needed

*Today's presentation: CareMapping Workshop.
The CareMap is a handdrawn representation of a caregiver's network, illustrating the caregiver's support system. The process highlights what is working well and often reveals duplication or gaps in care and resources.

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Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer

Selected Mondays 5:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

We are dedicated to meeting the specific emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Educational presentations are given by qualified speakers in addition to providing a forum to share our progress, brainstorm, and address anyone's questions, concerns or fears.

January 8
Acupressure and self help: Be healthy, be radiant and be loved!
Cindy Au, Certified Acupuncturist

February 12
Learn about the iTHRIVE program
Kim Neace, RN, OCN

No reservations necessary.

For information, please contact Group Facilitator Aundie Werner, MS, CCCSLP, at 805.739.3185 or via email at Aundie.Werner@DignityHealth.org.

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Learning Origami with Jane

Selected Mondays • 9:00 a.m.
January 22, 29 and February 5, 12
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Please join us for this enjoyable pastime featuring Jane Abela and the art of origami.

A cancer survivor herself, Jane leads the group in the creative and relaxing hands-on activity of origami. This practice immerses one in a project that pleasantly engages the senses of touch, sight and hearing while producing an elegant construction. Many of the origami designs are symbols of hope and new beginning—perfect for cancer survivors!

Please call Mission Hope for a reservation: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

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Caregivers Support Group

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A forum for contributing ideas in an encouraging atmosphere.

First Wednesday of each month 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Mission Hope Cancer Center
Conference Center, First Floor
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Light dinner served; no reservations necessary.

 

Meditation Class

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Relax the body and calm the mind.

Learn a new technique that can improve your quality of life during and after treatment. Now offering 20 minute meditation classes with Tom Steffora.

Selected Monday mornings at 11:30 a.m.
January 15, 29 & February 12, 26

Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria
No reservations needed; drop-ins are welcome.

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Relaxation techniques such as meditation are especially helpful for cancer patients because they help to calm chemo-induced nausea, improve coping skills, reduce pain, and ease the anxiety and depression associated with chronic illness. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome to attend this new class as Tom leads the process. Meditation can be done in a chair or on the floor; bring a yoga mat or blanket if you so choose. Open to patients, staff, caregivers, and family members.

 

Kids Support Circle

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Mission Hope is pleased to offer an activity group especially for the children of cancer patients to make friends and learn new skills for living with cancer in the family. Group facilitator Tonya Palacios Willett, LMFT, discusses how to cope with fear and teaches strategies for encouraging communication about difficult subjects. This small group setting offers a safe place where children can use art, games, and journals to express their feelings and grow together.

Selected Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m.
January 16 | February 6, 20 | March 6, 20
April 17 | May 1, 15, 2018

Group for children only
Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Please call Mission Hope to register: 805.219.HOPE (4673)

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Family Night

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Because the entire family is affected by a cancer diagnosis, we are pleased to offer a family focused support group for children and teens with cancer.

Third Wednesday of the Month:
February 21 | March 21 | April 18 | May 16
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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This support group meets the needs of everyone in the family. The program begins with a family dinner, then participants break into groups that include: - Expressive art therapy including discussion for young patients and siblings
- Parent Support Program connects families with children affected by cancer
- with trained and licensed counselors and social workers
- Childcare for children 4 years and under