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


Look Good Feel Better

Tuesday, January 6, 1-3 p.m. LGFB is a hands-on workshop conducted by volunteer cosmetologist Caprese Hayes.  It includes skin care, makeup application and a demonstration on how to use wigs, scarves and hats to help a woman cope with the side effects of cancer treatment.  Patients must be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.  LGFB is a partnership between the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology Association.


Bladder Cancer Aftercare

Thursday, January 15, 6-8 p.m. After undergoing treatment for bladder cancer, the risk of developing recurrent tumors is still significant, making follow-up care and monitoring important. What are recommendations for such care and how do they change depending on the previous treatments undertaken for the cancer? Dr. Piyush Agarwal, Head of the Bladder Cancer Section in the Urologic Oncology Branch at NCI will provide information and answers to your questions.


Breast Cancer Update

Monday, January 26, 6 — 8 p.m. Rebecca Kaltman, MD, Medical Oncologist with George Washington University School of
Medicine & Health Sciences, will provide an overview of the latest findings in treatment and research from the December 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.


Cancer Survivor Profile

Monday, February 9, 6:30 — 8 p.m. This program is an introduction to a tool that can help cancer survivors identify  priorities after primary treatment. Dr. Michael Feuerstein will share the profile he has developed at the Cancer Survivorship Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University that can help to inform breast cancer survivors of problem areas that may be helpful for follow up. This may be applicable to other types of cancer, but has only been tested at this point with breast cancer survivors.


PARP Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancers

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 — 8 p.m. Learn about the evolving role of PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer from Elise C. Kohn, MD, CAPT, USPHS, Head, Gynecologic Cancer Therapeutics Clinical Investigations Branch/CTEP/DCTD/NCI. Dr. Kohn will share the results of clinical trials on the subject.


Pancreatic Cancer

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 — 8 p.m. Michael Pishvaian, MD, Assistant Profession in Hematology/Oncology and Gastrointestinal oncologist at the Lombardi Cancer Center will discuss his research and in-patient care through the development of novel, targeted anti-cancer agents.


Understanding Radiation Therapy

Monday, March 23, 6:30 — 8 p.m. What are the types of radiation therapy and what are the side effects? Learn the facts from Anu Gupta, MD, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of the Cancer Center at Gaithersburg.