Beading is an ancient art and a healing process which can help one cope with all kinds of stress and treatment. This is a basic workshop where you can learn the creative art of making beaded jewelry with Karla Barron. Materials will be provided and loaner tools are available for use.
Reiki is a Japanese practice with a name meaning “universal life energy.” It is a stress reduction and relaxation technique. Reiki can also be used to encourage healing and provide other benefits. The energy that flows through the Reiki practitioner, Susan Locatell, will strengthen the body by releasing blocked energy pathways, thus decreasing pain and enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal.
Join Dr. Robert Chu, L.Ac and learn how acupuncture, nutrition and exercise can be integrated with standard medical protocols to help reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and improve overall health and vitality.
Join Karen Morin, RN, member of EOLCCA, who will present the various choices for end-of-life and as well as the basic steps and requirements for utilizing the California End of Life Option Law. In addition to individual patient support, EOLCCA provides informative sessions about the End of Life Option Act to organizations, retirement centers, colleges and universities, non-profits and more.
Due to advances in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, patient outcomes have steadily improved. Evangelia Kirimis, MD, UCLA oncologist, will focus on the history of breast cancer treatment as well as how even patients with advanced disease can live well with chronic medical therapy.
Join art instructor and cancer survivor, Sharon Palmiter, to learn how to make creative note cards using a variety of media, including stamps, stickers, colored pencils and more. Materials provided. Space is limited.
Join Dr. Gino K. In, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Medical Oncology, to learn about exciting new discoveries and treatments for cancer. Learn how the immune system interacts with cancer, available treatments, treatments in development, and tips to manage common side effects.
Join Dr. Ellen Knell, Ph.D. in Human Genetics, to learn about the latest in genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk. With the introduction of a technology called multigene panel testing, people can learn about not just one, but many, inherited mutations at once.
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.
Join Dr. Ketan M. Patel, MD, Keck Medicine of USC for a presentation about innovative surgical procedures such as lymphovenous bypass and vascularized lymph node transfers that may be effective for many patients to help reduce the swelling, pain and discomfort that occurs with lymphedema.
Join Julie Campoy, cancer survivor, to learn the art of tying scarves for your head and neck. She will demonstrate with a variety of sizes and styles, from oversized blanket scarves and infinity loops to simple rectangles and squares. We’ll have a tie for each! Bring a scarf or two to practice with (we’ll have a few available too). We will also have free wigs to take home.
Anticipatory grief, or grief that occurs before death, combines thoughts about the past, present and future without a loved one. Anticipatory grief symptoms resemble the pain of loss, often exacerbated by caregiver stress and the multitude of losses occurring with illness. Jennifer R. Levin, MFT, Ph.D., FT is a licensed therapist who works with adolescents, adults, families and couples experiencing health crises, traumatic grief, life-threatening illness and post-traumatic growth. A light meal will be served.
Join Dr. Patty Wu, MD, from VITAS Healthcare, to learn the difference between hospice care and palliative care. She will debunk common myths about hospice care and discuss how all cancer patients can benefit from palliative care from the date of initial diagnosis.