Top oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and other medical specialists give presentations designed specifically for people with cancer and their loved ones

Educational Workshops

The Power of Immunotherapy


May 11

6:00 – 7:00 pm

The first western medicines were developed in the early 1900’s, but we had doctors (healers, shamans, etc) in every civilization for centuries prior to the advent of current drugs or technical advances. If they had no medicines, how were they successful? Our immune (defense) system serves to recognize foreign invaders (such as germs or cancer cells) destroying them, and keeping us well. Recent data demonstrates that loneliness, fear, depression and anxiety all weaken the immune system. I hypothesize that the presence of these healers served to dampen the fear and anxiety of illness, providing the emotional peace that strengthened the immune system, allowing us to heal. Modern immunotherapy has taken these principles forward, with remarkably stunning results. Alexandra M. Levine, MD, MACP is a Professor of Hematology/Transplantation at the City of Hope National Medical Center. 

Slow Flow Yoga for Youth and Families


May 13, 20 & 27

6:15 – 7:00 pm

Slow Flow Yoga for Youth with Heather- a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, and licensed voice and speech therapist, combines mindful movement, a gentle flow, guided meditation, and sound to calm the central nervous system and access a state of calm and hope. All levels and ages are welcome!

Optimizing Nutrition


June 1

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Mark Simon, founder of Nutritional Oncology Research Institute, for a presentation on optimizing nutrition for improvement in treatment response and lowering risk of recurrence. The workshop will address how nutrition intervention can be a complement to conventional treatment. Easy and accessible tips will be shared to begin working towards a nutritional plan that can assist in improving overall health and wellbeing.

Mindfulness for Daily Life


June 9

June 16

June 23

June 30

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Join Alex Maizuss from InsightLA for a 4-week mindfulness series to explore how to live a more mindful life.

Week 1 : Arriving to Now : The power of the breath\

Week 2: The Wisdom of the Body

Week 3: Cultivating Compassion

Week 4: Loving Presence

Life After Cancer: Taking Charge of Your


June 15

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Karla Wilson RN MSN FNP-C CPON is a nurse practitioner who specializes in Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship at the City of Hope. This workshop is being offered to assist you in becoming your own best healthcare advocate by providing strategies to develop positive lifestyle practices that can improve and enhance health and well-being after cancer. We will also discuss the importance of healthcare screenings for general health maintenance and the value of a healthy diet and exercise to improve energy and decrease fatigue.

Health Disparities: A Call to Action


June 22

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Dr. Rick Kittles, Ph.D., the Founding Director of the Division of Health Equities at City of Hope, for a discussion on cancer health disparities in the U.S. His research has focused on understanding the complex issues surrounding race, genetic ancestry, and health disparities. Dr. Kittles has published over 160 research articles and was on the steering committee for the Cancer Disparities Progress Report released by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) . In this workshop, Dr. Kittles will share information about health disparities, discuss research surrounding health disparities, and deliver a call to action on how our community can combat inequalities.

West African Drumming


June 29

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Master Drummer Gerald C. Rivers, with over 20+ years playing in and facilitating drum circles, presents the healing power of the West African djembe. Gerald and a small group of drummers play with the intention of sending a healing vibration to all who listen. They will present traditional West African rhythms with purpose, intention, and joy.

Meals that Heal 3-Part Series


July 6, 13 & 20

3:00 – 4:00 pm

This three-session series will focus on helping you make healthy and nutritious meals! You will broaden your cooking skillset and nutrition knowledge, while also learning about how to meal plan when you experience side effects that may interfere with your eating. Nancy Clifton-Hawkins is a HER2 breast cancer thriver, and a senior community benefits manager at City of Hope. She will infuse her practical experience with solid recommendations while creating a foundation of accessible resources and flexibility that encourages experimentation for all class participants.

Advances in the Treatment of Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas


July 14

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join Drs. Lee Zuckerman, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, and Mark Agulnik, M.D., medical oncologist at City of Hope, for this interactive workshop on Sarcoma. The doctors will discuss advances in the treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. There will be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the workshop.

Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer


July 19

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer: This program is created for people diagnosed with lung cancer. The materials educate patients on the types on lung cancer, potential treatments and side effects, clinical trials, and the emotional concerns of a lung cancer diagnosis.

Quiet the Mind Meditation


July 21

1:00 – 2:00 pm

This is an in-person event, to be held in CSCP's large common area.

Join Emily Gonzales, Chopra Center™ Certified Instructor to learn techniques for quieting the mind and shifting to a calm and balanced state of wellbeing. Learn tools to develop your own personal meditation practice.

In order to participate in this in-person program, you must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19. Vaccination must be completed two weeks prior to the program for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and 28 days prior to the program for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. When inside CSCP’s facility, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Finally, you must show proof of vaccination upon entrance of CSCP’s facility.

Thyroid Cancer


September 21

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Dr. Sasan Fazeli, M.D., oncologic endocrinologist at City of Hope, for this interactive workshop on Thyroid Cancer. Dr. Fazeli will discuss screening practices, treatment options, and health monitoring for the disease. There will be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the workshop.

Pancreatic Cancer


November 2

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Drs. Laleh Melstrom, M.D. surgical oncologist and Vincent Chung, M.D. medical oncologist at City of Hope, for this interactive workshop on Pancreatic Cancer. The doctors will discuss screening practices, treatment options, and health monitoring for the disease. There will be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the workshop.