Mission Hope Cancer Center

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CareMaps Workshop

Wednesday, November 1 • 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

On any given day, tens of millions of Americans provide care to parents, siblings, relatives and friends living with illness or a chronic health condition. Their contribution to healthcare is critical, and their impact on society is significant. Yet their work is often invisible.

CareMaps WorkshopBecause family caregiving is an isolated and underappreciated endeavor, it is not well understood and current systems intended to support them are often ineffective. CareMaps uses a human-centered approach to understand the fundamentally human experience of family caregiving. The Mission Hope Caregiver Support Group invites you to discover how the CareMaps technique can help you understand and improve your family’s experience.

The CareMap is a hand-drawn representation of a caregiver’s network. Purposely centered around the primary caregiver, it shows all the people who may be involved with the caregiver or those whom they care for. It illustrates the caregiver’s own support system, demonstrates what is working well, and where different resources may be needed; it may also reveal duplication or gaps in care and resources that can be addressed.

In this free workshop, caregivers will learn to create and use the CareMap to gain valuable insights into their caregiving picture and forge a new way forward.


What’s New in Lung Cancer Treatment

You’re invited to learn about the latest advances from our panel of experts featuring: Zach Reagle, DO • Kathi Downey, advocate • Carol Lowe, RN, OCN, lung cancer nurse navigator

Tuesday, November 7 • 5:00 p.m.

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The good news is that early detection of lung cancer is saving lives and advanced therapies are offering new hope for patients. Join us to learn about new lung cancer screening guidelines for former smokers as well as the increasing incidence of lung cancer in non-smokers. Available locally is a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) which allows physicians to navigate to the boundaries of the lungs to locate, enable biopsy, and plan treatment using natural airway access avoiding the need for higher-risk procedures. Don’t miss this important event!

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).


Managing Loss and Grief During the Holidays

With Max Boveri, LMFT , Bereavement Counselor/Coordinator
and Jenni Davis, Oncology Counselor and Patient Advocate

Choice of two locations; refreshments provided.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Boardroom
345 South Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

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

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With the loss of a loved one, the holiday season may no longer hold appeal. Many find it challenging to face the festivities in new circumstances. Please join us for one of our free informal discussions which will focus on practical ways to minimize negative feelings and explore helpful coping strategies.your concerns to share helpful strategies and lend encouragement.


Guided Meditation Class

Mondays: November 6, 13 & December 4, 11
11:30 a.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center
1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

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Learn a new technique that can improve your quality of life during and after treatment. Join us for a 20 minute meditation with Tom Steffora.

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.

People practice meditation to help their minds and bodies become calm and relaxed. Regular meditation can give clarity, insight, and peace of mind, which may improve wellbeing and overall health. With a bit of patience and time, anyone can learn to meditate. In addition to the above, many people with cancer find that incorporating meditation into their routine helps them to feel better in a variety of ways, such as minimizing the nagging problems of difficulty sleeping, tiredness, and high blood pressure.

It can take time to feel the benefits of meditation, but if you meditate even for a short time each day, you find that it gets easier. There are various types of meditation, but most types involve being still and quiet.

Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome to attend this new class. 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. Join us for a moment of calmness and experience the benefits of a guided meditation for yourself.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Family focused support group

Family Night Support Group Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 15 • 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Designed for children and teens with cancer, this support group meets monthly to address the concerns of everyone in the family. Program begins with a family dinner, followed by activities for youngsters and parents. Tonight we’ll be celebrating the season with a special dinner and enjoy a cookie decorating activity. Each child will receive a gift.

Holiday Party

For children and grandchildren of cancer patients

Kids Support Circle Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 5 • 3:00 p.m.

Meeting selected Tuesdays, this small group setting offers a safe place where children use art, games, and journals to express their feelings and learn new skills for living with cancer in the family. Your children or grandchildren are welcome to join us for some special holiday fun, including a cookie decorating activity. Each child will receive a gift.

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Registration is required for above events. Please call Mission Hope to reserve your spot: 805.346.3402 (English) or 805.346.3406 (Spanish)

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


Chordsmen Quartet Holiday Performance

Tuesday, December 5
5:30 p.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

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We often look forward to the holiday season as a time full of joy and activity. For some, though, it can leave them feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Music therapy to the rescue! Mission Hope is pleased to welcome the Chordsmen Quartet to our stage for a special holiday performance. Join us to unwind, relax and enjoy the upbeat harmonies of your favorite Christmas songs.

Clinical studies have shown that music therapy has profound physical effects, such as reducing high blood pressure and improving depression and anxiety. Cancer patients report that music therapy has helped alleviate some of the treatment-related side effects such as nausea and fatigue. Please call Mission Hope to reserve your seat for this unique musical program. Refreshments served.

Seating is limited; please register by calling: 805.219.HOPE (4673).

Light Up A Life Celebration

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
311 South Broadway, Santa Maria, California
For more information, call 805.739.3830

Light Up A Life Celebration

Dignity Health Hospice invites you to our candlelight celebration as we remember our loved ones. Program includes music, reading of the names, the lighting of the memorial tree and a presentation of a photomontage.