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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Day Of Hope

On April 11, join hundreds of community volunteers throughout Santa Maria, Nipomo, Orcutt, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez as they take a stand for local cancer patients in need. Join us by donating to Day of Hope through purchasing a $1.00 Day of Hope newspaper or join an interactive fundraising website for Day of Hope at supportmarianmedical.org/dayofhope.

On the page, you can make contributions to teams, or start your own, in this friendly competition. All totals are in real time! As always, one hundred percent of all Day of Hope proceeds will stay in the community, benefiting cancer programs and support services for local patients and families at Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center.

For more information about Day of Hope, visit the website, 'like' the Facebook page at facebook.com/SupportMarianMedical, follow on Twitter @SupportMarian and Instagram @SupportMarianMedical or call the Marian Foundation at 739.3595.

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Men with Cancer

Second and Fourth Fridays of the Month.
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
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. On occasion, meetings feature educational presentations given by qualified speakers; see dates below. The group is designed to benefit men at any stage of the cancer journey.

Special Presentation Dates:
April 13: SoulCollage® Art Therapy, Terrie Miley
May 25: Pelvic Floor Strengthening and Biofeedback Re-Training following Prostatectomy to Reduce Incontinence, Samantha Stollberg, Physical Therapist
June 8: Diabetes and Cancer, Kelly Tomita, Registered Dietitian
August 10: Learning Origami, Jane Abela
September 14: Update on Prostate Cancer, Jeff Wu, MD, Radiation Oncology
November 9: Palliative Care/Pain Management, Tina McEvoy, RN, Outpatient Palliative Care

Refreshments served • No reservations necessary
Please call Mission Hope Cancer Center to register: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

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Colorectal Cancer Informational Session

Tuesday, March 13 • 5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments served
Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer, affecting both men and women of all races.
March serves as a gentle reminder of an annual screening colonoscopy, but colon health is of great importance all year long. Understanding the disease is essential for anyone who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and for those who are trying to prevent it. Please join us to learn about possible risk factors, screening recommendations, what to expect during a colonoscopy, and the latest treatment options for colorectal cancer.

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

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Thursdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29 • April 5, 12, 19, 26 9:00 a.m.

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

Even in the midst of a cancer diagnosis—yours or a loved one's—it is possible to find peace and enhance the quality of your life. As we deal with health issues, work, family, and more, we may react with irritability, anxiety, sadness, and/or depression which can have a lasting negative effect on health. This eight-week training will focus on ways to cope with these challenges using mindfulness techniques. Class is free of charge for patients and caregivers.

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

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Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Update

Wednesday, April 25 • 5:30 p.m.

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

Get the latest information from an expert physician at our community forum. Dr. VandeGriend will be sharing the latest advancements in his field and answering your questions.

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

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A Caregiver's Burden: Managing Care for Your Loved One While Caring for Yourself

Thursday, March 15 • 5:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, Conference Room
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

Monday, April 2 • 3:00 p.m.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Annex
345 South Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande

You are invited to join us for a therapeutic session led by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tom Steffora, MA. The discussion is designed to help those caring for loved ones with cancer to identify healthy coping strategies and techniques.

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

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Moving Forward with Confidence on Your Life Journey

Tuesday, March 27 • 5:30 p.m.

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

Special presentation with Lisa Ramos Murray, MA, BCC
A medical diagnosis is often life altering for the patient and for those close to the patient. The journey can be daunting and overwhelming eventually leaving the individual wondering, "What now?" It may also a time of self-reflection, re-evaluating life and questioning what is truly important. Please join us in exploring a few life-coaching tools that will provide valuable insight as you move forward on your life journey.

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

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Fun Events for our Youngest Members

Camp Kesem
Camp Kesem, UCSB • July 1-6, 2018
Camp Kesem, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo July 6-11, 2018

Camp Kesem provides a free, week-long summer camp for children ages 6-16 years old who have a parent with cancer. The mission of Camp Kesem is to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer. Featuring a variety of exciting activities, this is a free, funfilled experience you don't want to miss!

Contact: calpolyslo.outreach@campkesem.org or campkesem.org/cal-poly or you may call: 805.316.0510.

Pure Stoke Surf Camp

Pure Stoke Surf Camp is a youth program that provides a safe and fun environment for a child to experience the healing energy of the beach and ocean. This day at the beach includes surf lessons, beach games, lunch, and supportive instructors to help children and adolescents cope with the stress of their own, or a loved one's battle with cancer.

Check out the website www.surfingforhope.org to sign up and learn more or please call Bob Voglin at 543.4488.

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Colorectal Cancer Informational Session

Tuesday, March 13 • 5:30 p.m.

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

March serves as a gentle reminder of an annual screening colonoscopy, but colon health is of great importance all year long. Understanding the disease is essential for anyone who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and for those who are trying to prevent it. Learn about possible risk factors, screening recommendations, what to expect during a colonoscopy, and the latest treatment options for colorectal cancer.

Reservations are required.
Please call 219.HOPE (4673).

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Caregiver Support Group

March 7 and April 4 • 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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

The Caregiver Support Group at Mission Hope meets once a month and provides a safe place to get together with those who understand the challenges and concerns of caring for a loved one. It serves as a forum for contributing ideas and helpful strategies in an encouraging atmosphere. Let us take care of you while you are providing care for the ones you love.

Light dinner served; no reservations necessary.

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Transforming Quality of Life

Thursdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29 • April 5, 12, 19, 26 9:00 a.m.

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

Learn new ways to cope using mindfulness techniques. You can find peace and enhance your quality of life in the midst of your or your loved one's cancer diagnosis. Class is free of charge for patients and caregivers.

Reservations are required.
Please call 219.HOPE (4673).

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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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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.

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.

 

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

 

Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer develops when skin cells start to grow in an abnormal way. Like other cancers, if left alone, the abnormal cells will continue to grow and eventually will push their way into normal tissues, causing serious health problems. We encourage you to protect your skin everyday, monitor any moles you have for changes and get screened regularly. Take advantage of one of the free skin cancer screenings below; early detection gives one the best chance at good health and survival.

Saturday, May 5 | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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

Saturday, May 26 | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The office of Cary Fitchmun, MD, Arroyo Medical Group
931 North Oak Park Blvd., Suite 101, Pismo Beach

Please make your reservation for either location by calling
Carol Lowe, RN, OCN, Nurse Navigator: 805.346.3463.

Limited number of appointments available; register early!

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