Education Programs


Our workshops provide participants with learning opportunities on a variety of topics related to coping with cancer and improving quality of life. Unless otherwise noted, education programs are presented at the Hope Connections facility in Bethesda, MD. A reservation is required for all educational programs.

To register call 301-634-7500 or contact us


Sexuality After Cancer

Monday, April 25, 6:30 — 8 p.m.

Dr. Melissa Fries, Medstar, will discuss natural changes in sexuality after diagnosis of cancer, common sexual problems as a result of cancer treatments or surgeries and potential therapies for treatment of sexual problems.



Harnessing the Power of Food

Tuesday, May 3, 1 — 2:30 p.m.

Registered Dietitian Margaret McDowell, PhD, MPH, RD will discuss foods and nutrients to include in our diet, tips to nourish the body and soul during cancer treatment and recovery, important food safety considerations and recent research pertaining to diet and health. Informative resource materials and delicious recipes you can prepare at home will be provided!




Journaling as a Healing Guide

Monday, May 9, 6:30 — 8 p.m.

Deborah Ross, LPC. This introductory workshop will teach participants some key evidence-based principles on the value of journaling. Combined with very user friendly findings in neuroscience you can learn how to write for greater resilience and well-being. These techniques can be especially helpful if you’ve experienced chemo brain.




Understanding Health Insurance

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 — 8 p.m.

Adrian Redd will be talking about the consumer health insurance appeals rights, the appeals process and how HEAU can assist consumers. Part of Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division, the Health Education and Advocacy Unit (HEAU) offers free mediation services to consumers who have billing disputes with their health care provider or coverage disputes with an HMO or private health insurance company.




Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.

Ancient rhythm techniques have been shown to accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system and produce feelings of well-being. Join multiinstrumentalist Stream Ohrstrom as he leads a program of healing rhythms.




Cancer-Related Fatigue

Monday, June 27, 6:30 — 8 pm. 

Sandra Mitchell, NIH/NCI will review the factors that contribute to cancer-related fatigue, and summarizes the techniquesthat patients can use to reduce or manage this often distressing symptom.