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

Monday, September 12,  1-3 p.m.

 LGFB is a hands-on workshop conducted by volunteer cosmetologist Erika Manso.  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.

 

Become Your Own Advocate

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. 

Dr. Kashif Firvozi will discuss, with the overwhelming amount of information that exists today, how to manage the multiple sources of “facts.”  Learn how to  become your own advocate while valuing the input of your provider and the rest of your team to make the best decisions possible.

 

 

Keys to Regaining Health

Monday, September 19, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Join Neva Ingalls E-RYT500 to learn how to empower yourself to heal. Disease can be affected by internal imbalances in the body, mind & heart and/or external toxic factors, negatively impacting the immune system. Learn techniques to boost immunity through visualization, deep relaxation, meditation, movement, breath awareness and simple pressure points that balance energy & reduce stress.

 

Mondays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 6 - 8 pm

The completion of cancer treatment is often accompanied by new concerns. Questions about exercise, diet and unforeseen physical and emotional issues present at a time when one’s medical support team has begun to disband. This four week course is designed to provide support and guidance for those up to 24 months post treatment. Must commit to attend all classes. Space is limited.

 

Breast Cancer Update (PGC)*

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dr. Lori Wilson, Howard University Hospital & Cancer Center, will discuss the latest research in breast cancer, targeted therapy and new ways to combat side effects.

 

 

Festive Fall Foods

Tuesday, October 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Dietitian Margaret McDowell will describe the role nutrition plays in protecting our immune system. She will focus on seasonal foods and tasty, nutritious meals.

 

 

Pain Management 

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Jennifer Cheng, NIH. Pain is a common symptom of serious illness. The discussion will include the concept of Total Pain, as well as pharmacologic and integrative modalities for pain management.

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Research

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Sandra Swain, Georgetown, will be discussing the latest research in breast cancer. Survival is increasing for all stages of breast cancer due to very effective targeted therapy. The side effects of treatment are front and center with ongoing research to not only increase survival but the quality of life for all patients.

 

Prostate Cancer Prevention

Monday, November 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Howard Parnes, NCI, will talk about prostate cancer prevention, focusing on PCPT and SELECT, the 2nd largest prostate cancer prevention trials ever conducted and the PSA-TRICOM vaccine, a new strategy to slow or prevent prostate cancer progression.

 

Precision Medicine  (PGC)*

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dr. Rafael Guerrero-Preston, John Hopkins, will discuss how Precision Medicine works and how scientists are using it to help them to understand cancer.

 

 

 

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, November 14,  1-3 p.m.

 LGFB is a hands-on workshop conducted by volunteer cosmetologist Erika Manso.  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.

 

 

Sexuality After Bladder Cancer

Thursday, November 17, 6:00 – 8p.m.

Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center will discuss rates of sexual dysfunction in men and women following bladder removal, ideal treatment strategies for management of postcystectomy sexual dysfunction; and the future of sexual dysfunction management.

 

 

 

Spirituality

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dr. Christina Puchalski, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, will discuss how spirituality helps those affected by cancer and their loved ones.

 

 

 

*PGC = Prince George's County Office