Educational Workshops

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

Frankly Speaking about Cancer: Multiple Myeloma

Monday, October 2 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
In-Person & Virtual

This program focuses on building awareness among patients and caregivers about Multiple Myeloma and how to foster an open dialogue with your health care team about treatment options, side effect management, and living with chronic illness.

Presented by Murali Janakiram, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology and HCT at City of Hope. 

Creative Paths Through Cancer: Art Show Benefit

Tuesday, October 3 & 10 | 9:30 - 11:30 am

Make a visual representation of your cancer journey that tells your story using collage, paint, and patterns. Supplies will be provided. The pieces of art created during these workshops will be featured at the Baldwin Avenue Gallery’s Creative Paths Through Cancer: The ART of Surviving, Together exhibition from October 17-31. If you choose to donate your art to be sold at the exhibition, all proceeds will benefit Cancer Support Community. Invite your friends to the exhibit and attend the exhibit’s Opening Reception on October 21 at 7pm!

Breast Cancer Treatment in the 21st Century: Advances and Future Directions

Tuesday, October 10 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

This informative session will give a brief introduction to current breast cancer care and the recent advances made. It will highlight the personalized nature of treatment today and will give insight into future goals.

Presented by Dr. Emily Siegel, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

Developments in Breast Cancer Survivorship Research

Tuesday, October 17 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
In-Person & Virtual

This workshop will review research updates related to breast cancer survivorship, including o pioid use post cancer treatment & adverse effects; role of common comorbidities and their influence on survival after breast cancer diagnosis; and the role of physical exercise in extending life.

This is a hybrid program. Join in person at CSC or online viz Zoom.

Presented by Reina Haque, PhD, MPHsenior cancer epidemiologist in the Department of Research & Evaluation and a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Understanding Your Thyroid

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

This talk will cover what you need to know about thyroid disease: diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and hyperthyroidism. It will also review how some cancer treatments may cause thyroid issues and learn about how to manage them.

Presented by Dr. Azadeh A. Carr, breast and endocrine surgeon from Keck Medicine of USC.

Awaken the Photographer in You: Beginning Digital Photography Series

Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

An introductory course on photography basics on a smart phone or a DSLR. Start your photographic journey by learning how to make the most of your camera’s functions through the understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, exposure modes, etc. We’ll learn from the masters and from sharing our creations with one another.

Registration is required in advance of attendance and will be closed after the second class.

Facilitated by Cyndi Bemel

“Strong Heart” Art Project

Thursday, November 2 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Craft a central collage shape that represents your resilient heart, encircled by vibrant elements, textures, and words that embody your journey of personal empowerment and growth. Keep in mind that with collage “you can’t make a mistake.”

Clinical Trials

Monday, November 6 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

Clinical trials have led to major advances in the field of oncology today by validating the benefits of new and improved cancer treatments – this workshop will highlight the importance of research and how clinical trials work. Not every person will be on a clinical trial or needs to be on one, but should be aware that a clinical trial may be a treatment option.

Presented by Dr. Tanya Dorff

A Place I Love Paper Garland with Lili Todd

Tuesday, November 14 | 10:00 - 11:00 am

This is a collaboration with Remainders, a nonprofit creative space and arts & crafts thrift store. Create a decorative garland with elements that tell a story about a place you love. Such as your childhood home or a place you traveled to where you had great memories. Think of objects, people, or other things you can draw from that place for the elements of the garland. All supplies will be provided!

Fertility and Cancer

Thursday, November 30 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

This session will focus on the potential impacts of various cancer treatments on fertility and will share resources for accessing services to understand one’s fertility risk, fertility preservation options, and family building options across the treatment continuum

Presented by Clinical Social Worker, Amy Donner, LCSW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C, and AYA Program Specialist, Estrella Barrios, LCSW, from the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope.

Frankly Speaking about Cancer during the Holidays: What Do I Tell the Kids?

Tuesday, December 5 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

In this workshop, Jordan Long, AMFT, focuses on building awareness about how to carry out conversations about cancer diagnosis and treatment. People impacted by cancer and their loved ones are invited to join us as we learn what kids know about this condition at different ages, how to talk about cancer, tips for answering common questions, ways to help your child, and additional resources. Jordan will cover how to best navigate holiday traditions amidst the cancer experience.

Remainders x Cancer Support Community: Jewelry Tree

Tuesday, December 5 | 10:00 - 11:00 am

This is a collaboration with Remainders, a nonprofit creative space and arts & crafts thrift store. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the kitschy history of the Costume Jewelry Tree and expand on this vintage idea by creating our own tree! All materials will be provided.

Winter Flower Arranging

Thursday, December 7 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Join us for a Winter flower arranging workshop. We will work with seasonal blooms and learn how to create beautiful arrangements that will bring Winter holiday cheer!

Savoring Nutrient-Rich Holidays with Intention

Monday, December 18 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

The holidays can bring great joy yet pose some challenges when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. This engaging workshop will guide you in how to nourish your body and soul while partaking in your favorite foods and festivities. You’ll learn how to approach holiday feasts and parties with intention and mindfulness to cultivate a healthy relationship between your plate and wellbeing. We’ll discuss how we can identify and honor our body’s unique cues to align with our needs, mindfulness techniques, as well as strategies to savor the dishes you’re most looking forward to.