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



Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Monday, September 21, 6:30 — 8p.m. 

Nira Berry CEO of LaughingRx will discuss how happiness can improve health, as well as lead laughing exercises and conduct guided visualization to help you learn how to use laughter to not only improve your outlook but also possibly your health.



Gastro-intestinal Cancers

Monday, October 5, 6:30 — 8 p.m. 

Dr. Louis Weiner, Director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will discuss how gastrointestinal cancers are important causes of cancer related suffering and mortality that can be prevented or cured when caught early. New precision medicine approaches offer hope to people with more advanced forms of these cancers.




Breast Reconstruction

  Monday, 10/12, 6:30 — 8 p.m.

Dr. Michele Manahan, John Hopkins, will present the pros and cons of breast reconstruction timing.




Prostate Cancer     

Monday, October 19, 6:30 — 8 p.m. 

Dr. Jeanny Aragon-Ching, INOVA Dwight & Martha Schar Cancer Institute, will discuss the current understanding of prostate cancer and highlight the changing landscape in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.


Whole Foods Tour

Wednesday, October 21, 2p.m.

Lynda McIntyre, RD, LD, Clinical Dietician Specialist, will lead a guided healthy nutrition field trip to Whole Foods Bethesda. Learn which foods are beneficial both during and after cancer treatment. Limit 12 attendees.




Look Good Feel Better

Tuesday, November 3, 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.



Genomic Based Personalized Therapy

  Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 — 8 p.m.

  Dr. John Deeken, Inova Comprehensive Cancer and Research Center, will talk about his work bringing      genomic personalized therapy into the clinic for cancer patients.




Monday, November 9,  6:30 — 8 p.m. 

Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Bonita Shelby will share the supportive qualities of certain essential oils proven as helpful for the physical body, mind and spirit. She will also discuss historical and current use of essential oils for cancer care.




Nutrition: Foods that Build

Tuesday, November 10,  1 — 2:30 p.m. 

Nutritionist Lara Hennessey MS, CNS will talk about what foods optimize health after cancer treatment. In this workshop you will learn what foods help heal the body and increase energy. She will provide you with recipes that are easy and delicious.



Financial Considerations

        Monday, December 2, 6:30 — 8 p.m. 


Financial Advisor Ilene Brostrom, Ameriprise Financial, will answer questions on how you can mitigate the impact cancer may have on your financial health.



Lymphoma Treatments

  Monday, December 7, 6:30 — 8 p.m.


Chaitra Ujjani, MD, George Washington University Hospital, will discuss new therapies, especially targeted agents, for
the treatment of lymphomas.