Stanford Hospital's Cancer Supportive Care Program provides FREE classes, workshops, fitness classes, services, and support to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their care.

Stanford Hospital's Cancer Supportive Care Program provides FREE classes, workshops, fitness classes, services, and support to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their care.

Programs

New
Workshop
Led by: Anne Heideck, LCSW
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Last Wednesday of the month

No class in September.

This workshop is a skills-based class designed to provide support, education, and resource materials to caregivers. This program is designed to help caregivers:

  • Understand cancer and its treatments
  • Cope with stress
  • Deal with changing family roles
  • Meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient
  • Improve their own mental and physical health
  • Seek out and take advantage of community resources

Registration is required. Please call 650-725-9456 to register. A box dinner is provided.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/27, 10/22
To register or with questions, call: 650-725-9456
Program

Days and times are customized to the individual

A community-service program that provides FREE Healing Touch sessions to women diagnosed with breast cancer, regardless of where they are being treated, and at any stage of treatment or post treatment. Each participant is paired with a highly trained Healing Touch volunteer who provides these free sessions once a week for three months.

To register or ask questions, please call Margot Baker at 650-725-9461, or email her at cscphealingpartners@stanfordmed.org.

The program is open to any woman who:

  • is diagnosed with breast cancer (Stanford affiliation is not required)
  • is under the active care of any physician
  • has reliable transportation to weekly sessions
  • is willing to make a commitment to attend weekly sessions regularly for three months

Free

Contact: Margot Baker Phone: 650-725-9461
New
Workshop
Led by: Clinical research physician/ study coordinator/ clinical trial participant
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Second Wednesday of every month

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This workshop is a skills-based class designed to provide support, education, and resource materials to caregivers. This program is designed to help caregivers:

  • Understand cancer and its treatment
  • Cope with stress
  • Deal with changing family roles
  • Meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient
  • Improve their own mental and physical health
  • Seek and take advantage of community resources

875 Blake Wilbur Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Passes Provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage

No registration necessary, just drop in.

Next Date: 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
For questions, call us 650-725-9596
New
Program
Led by: Mr. Kim (singing instructor) and Chaplain Resident Rev. Yona Park
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

2nd Saturday of the month 

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Stanford Spiritual Care and Cancer Supportive Care Programs have joined together to provide a monthly drop-in singing group for Korean cancer patients, their families and caregivers, regardless of age and religion. Our goal is to provide culturally diverse support to those who do not participate in existing support group due to language and cultural barriers.

No registration necessary, just drop in!

Next Date: 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/11, 12/13
For questions, contact Chaplain Resident Rev. Yona Park 408-966-1676

Classes, Workshops, and Lectures

New
Workshop
Led by: Clinical research physician/ study coordinator/ clinical trial participant
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Second Wednesday of every month

clinical-trials

This workshop is a skills-based class designed to provide support, education, and resource materials to caregivers. This program is designed to help caregivers:

  • Understand cancer and its treatment
  • Cope with stress
  • Deal with changing family roles
  • Meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient
  • Improve their own mental and physical health
  • Seek and take advantage of community resources

875 Blake Wilbur Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Passes Provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage

No registration necessary, just drop in.

Next Date: 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
For questions, call us 650-725-9596
New
Workshop
Led by: Anne Heideck, LCSW
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Last Wednesday of the month

No class in September.

This workshop is a skills-based class designed to provide support, education, and resource materials to caregivers. This program is designed to help caregivers:

  • Understand cancer and its treatments
  • Cope with stress
  • Deal with changing family roles
  • Meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient
  • Improve their own mental and physical health
  • Seek out and take advantage of community resources

Registration is required. Please call 650-725-9456 to register. A box dinner is provided.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/27, 10/22
To register or with questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Class
Led by: Margaret Hawn, RN, BSN; Beverly Wheat, RN; and Chris Tucker, RN
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Every Monday and Thursday

Physicians recommend that you take this class before you start chemotherapy.

Being as prepared as possible for your chemotherapy helps ensure a positive and successful course of treatment. Oncology nurses and the Cancer Supportive Care Program created this class to familiarize you with everything you need to know about your upcoming chemotherapy. Patients say this class helped reduce their anxiety before their first chemotherapy treatment. The class covers general topics including:

  • What is cancer and how it is treated?
  • What is chemotherapy and how does it work?
  • What to expect during chemotherapy treatment
  • How to manage side effects
  • How best to prepare yourself, family, and friends
  • Strategies of coping with the emotional impact of chemotherapy
  • What to expect in the Infusion Treatment Area, including a tour

Reservations are encouraged; however, you can drop in to any class. Family and friends are welcome.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

For information or to RSVP, call: 650-725-9456
New
Class
Led by: Patty McLucas

Every Tuesday

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Simple mindfulness techniques such as breath-based meditation and body scans can transform the experience of our lives and allow us to uncover our natural state of ease and peace, even in the midst of illness and recovery. Weekly one-hour sessions are based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program pioneered by Jon Kabat-Sinn. This ongoing class will teach you how to cope with stress and anxiety by learning proven stress-reduction techniques.

No registration necessary; just drop in.

Next Date: 7/29
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Workshop

1st Wednesday of every month
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Writing allows us to unearth, express, and make meaning out of our cancer journeys. Through the process of writing about our experiences, we can find healing as we explore the impacts of cancer on our lives. Join us in this safe, supportive community to generate and share writing through cancer. Here is what one writer says about her experience in the group:

"The reason I came to this program was to find a way to express myself, tap into the emotional turmoil I was undergoing. This group is a way for people diagnosed and coping with cancer to get in touch with their feelings. . . in an environment of others who can relate to what they are experiencing."
- Elizabeth

Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. All you need is pen and paper, or if you prefer, a laptop. Between monthly sessions, the facilitator will provide optional writing prompts and supportive feedback to those who wish to participate in this way.  

This workshop meets the first Wednesday of every month with email prompts weekly on "off-session" weeks.

No registration is necessary; just drop in.

211 Quarry Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Parking passes are provided.

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Lecture
Speaker: Sue Kim, MD, MS, DABMA
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Stanford Health Library
2nd floor of the Hoover Pavilion Building

This lecture will provide cancer survivors and their support networks with a basic understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicine (IM) principles and practices. We will discuss how IM and various CAM modalities might best be applied to support patients and their caregivers in all stages of care. We will consider several areas of ongoing research and offer concluding remarks and recommendations to help individuals optimize quality of life.

Free parking

No fee. Space is limited.

Please call for reservations. 650-498-7826
New
Lecture
Speaker: Sangeeta Agarawal, MS, RN, CAS
Thursday, October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Frustrated about feeling tired?  Learn what you can do to manage fatigue and find support.  We will cover tips and tools from ancient wisdom to the latest evidence-based research to assist you with finding natural ways to feel more energetic and focused.

No fee. Space is limited.

Please call for reservations. 650-498-7826

Services

Service

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To relieve stress and reduce pain and anxiety, a FREE 15-minute complimentary chair massage is offered to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers while waiting for appointments and treatments. No pre-registration is required. Simply sign in and enjoy!

Learn more about Stanford Health Care's Massage Therapy program, part of the Guest Services Department.

For more information, call: 650-725-9456
New
Service

Monday – Friday. Times will vary.

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In the Infusion Treatment Area (ITA), engage in simple art projects that will alleviate your wait, keep your hands busy, and help unleash your creative spirit!

See our patients' artwork:

Kung Fu Panda

Beautiful Face

Please print this flier and share on your message boards.

For information, call: 650-725-9456
New
Service
Led by: Mary Horngren, Medical Hypnotherapist

Wednesdays
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Healing Imagery groups led by Mary Horngren are provided free of charge to persons living with cancer. These groups are offered at the following locations: Breast Cancer Connections (BCC), and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in Palo Alto and in Sunnyvale. Each imagery session focuses on relaxation, a sense of well-being, and healing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Caregivers are welcome to attend. All sessions begin at 5:30 p.m.

Please arrive 5–10 minutes before each session.

No registration necessary.

Service

Monday and Thursday evenings:

5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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Healing Touch is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy work that is used to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, pain, muscle stiffness and lymphedema. It can be used to relax and balance the body before surgery and to speed post-operative recovery. By promoting deep relaxation, it can increase overall energy levels and the ability to cope with challenging life events.

By appointment only.

Healing Touch is:

  • Energy-based healing
  • Individual sessions that last 45 minutes
  • Treatment tailored to the needs of the individual and given while you are lying, fully clothed, on a massage table or sitting in a chair
Appointment scheduling and questions: 650-725-9456
Program

Mondays, every other month, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

The latest cancer treatments aren't always prescribed by doctors! "Look Good . . . Feel Better" is a free public service program for women cancer patients, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. This program teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Make-up and wigs are provided. Please join us! Advance registration is required. Parking Passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage. 

Class meets every other month from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.: January, March, May, July, September, November

To register, call the number on the right, or email us at cancersupportivecare@stanfordmed.org.

Advance registration required.

Free

To register, call: 650-725-9456
New
Program
Led by: Leslie Roche, RN
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

1st and 4th Mondays of the month

Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Patients who have undergone cancer treatments, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, may be at risk for the development of lymphedema. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. We'll talk about risk reduction and the early signs and symptoms of lymphedema. No registration necessary; just drop in!

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/22
For more information, call: 650-725-9456
New
Service
Led by: Donna Spagna / Tania Hall

Second Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Open to all women who are newly diagnosed and are undergoing treatment for cancer.  We are excited to announce that the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program is partnering with the American Cancer Society to bring a FREE Wig Bank program to the Stanford Cancer Center on the second Thursday of every month. Drop-in from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A selection of new and donated wigs will be displayed and available at no charge to women in treatment. Volunteer wig specialists will be providing personal assistance in wig selection, fitting and wearing, at this monthly event. We accept donated wigs.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 8/14, 9/11
For information, call: 650-725-9456
Service
Performed by: Volunteer musicians

Every Friday, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us in the lobby of the Cancer Center every Friday afternoon for music provided by Stanford PreMed and Medical School students. Let our volunteer musicians share their dedication and passion for music and medicine with you.

No registration necessary. Drop in!

Exercise and Fitness Classes

Fitness
Led by: Jane Clark, ACSM, CET

By appointment only.

2014 Dates: Every Tuesday

10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Exercise Counseling Program offers cancer patients a FREE, one-on-one, one-hour long exercise consultation. Patients leave the session with a customized exercise plan which includes exercise demos and referrals.  Clinical evidence has shown that regular exercise for cancer survivors can speed recovery, promote treatment effectiveness, and lessen side effects. Exercise Consultations include:

  • Individualized exercise program designed for each patient’s specific needs, abilities, and interests
  • Intended for patients in treatment or who have completed treatment
  • Intended for adults of all ages and all levels of fitness
  • Tailored exercises and activities to speed recovery 
  • A written set and demonstration of exercises
  • Referrals to group exercise and yoga classes
  • Helpful tips and strategies for success
  • Encouraging patients to start and continue an exercise program
  • Follow-up telephone calls

900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA, 94304

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

To make an appointment, or for questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Fitness
Led by: Jane Clark, ACSM, CET

Every Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

This class includes Pilates-based mat exercises to work on core strength and stability. We also use bands, balloons and body weight as tools to enhance range of motion, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength. Our goal is to increase your ability to attend to the activities of daily living, and have fun doing it!  Please bring your own exercise mat.

No registration is necessary. Drop in.

  • Reduce feelings of fatigue, depression, and nausea
  • Improve mental well-being and quality of life
  • Enhance ability to perform daily tasks
  • Produce positive changes in your sense of confidence, mood, and quality of life
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Fitness
Led by: Lorien Neargarder

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Regular yoga practice allows those recovering from cancer to feel strong, balanced, able, and confident again. Come join us for carefully sequenced yoga postures, breath work and mindfulness designed to meet you at your level of ability and help you create a path back to wellness. Gentle yoga postures are introduced to: improve total body conditioning, increase mobility and range of motion, improve circulatory flow and relieve muscle tension.  Breath work is emphasized to increase lung capacity, balance chemistry, strengthen immunity and ease stress. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are introduced as life-long tools for self-care. This class is appropriate for all levels and no prior yoga experience is needed.  Please wear comfortable clothing.

This FREE program is open to all cancer patients and caregivers.

No registration is required. Drop in!

Free Class

Next Date: 7/30
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Fitness

Wednesdays, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fridays, 12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

NIA is an "I Love My Body" cardiovascular fitness, wellness and lifestyle program based on the principle of bringing joy, pleasure, play, and health to the body through movement. With a diversity of music and movement, NIA includes the essence of nine different movement forms from the dance arts, martial arts, to the healing arts, including yoga. 

With choreography that is simple and easy to follow, plus plenty of room for individual creativity, NIA is accessible to all fitness levels. NIA is so body friendly that it is practiced with bare feet. NIA is food for the body, mind, spirit and emotions. And the best part of all is that NIA is just plain fun! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water.

No registration necessary; just drop in.

Next Date: 7/30
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Fitness
Led by: Yvonne Tally, Certified Pilates Instructor

Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Fridays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Pilates mat and reformer introduction designed to empower cancer survivors.  Appropriate exercises, contraindicated movements and exercise modifications will be covered in class. Increased circulation and oxygenation will enhance muscular strengthening, coordination and balance, thus activating the healing process and rejuvenating both body and mind.

Reservations are required.

This exercise program will focus on:

  • Small group sessions with an instructor
  • Pilates apparatus and mat exercises
  • Core stability
  • Strength training
  • Balance and flowing movements
  • Education materials provided for at home practice

Reservations required.

To RSVP or for questions, call: 650-725-9456
Fitness
Led by: Denise Wendler

Mondays, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Come join us for a flowing sequence of supported yoga postures, breathwork, and meditation designed to help manage side effects of illness and stress. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, relaxing practice that provides an effective way to reduce stress, manage treatment side effects, relieve pain, regain health, and attain peace of mind.  

This FREE class is appropriate for all levels and no prior yoga experience is needed - it is open to all cancer patients and caregivers. Wear comfortable clothing.

No registration is required; just drop in.

What patients say:

"For the period of time I am there, I feel calm and energetic.  You are surrounded by friendly people." - M. I.

"I would highly recommend Restorative Yoga, and have, to many friends going through cancer. I tell them it's a wonderful way to find peace in a storm and to be supported, both by the teacher and the place." - T. M. L.

"It gave me confidence to get back into group classes- look forward to coming whenever I can." - M. O.

Free

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Fitness
Led by: Lorien Neargarder

Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Fundamental yoga practices such as alignment, steadiness, and breathing are designed to assist survivors in rebuilding strength, awareness, grace and balance. Survivors are encouraged to challenge themselves while maintaining a gentle, accepting attitude. This class is our most physically demanding yoga. Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to join this class at any time.

This FREE program is open to all cancer patients and caregivers. This class is our most physically demanding yoga class.

Free

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Fitness
Led by: Julie Locke, RN, BSN, RYT Stanford Infusion Treatment Nurse
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Every Sunday

exercise-fitness

Regular yoga practice allows those recovering from cancer to feel able again, strong, balanced, and confident. Come join us for carefully sequenced yoga postures, breath work, mindfulness, and music. 

This class is appropriate for all levels and no prior yoga experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to join this class at any time.

This FREE program is open to all cancer patients. 

No registration necessary, just drop in.

Next Date: 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/14, 8/31
For questions, call us 650-725-9456

Support Groups

New
Support Group
Led by: Natalie Hughes, MSW and Stephanie Vargas, MSW
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Thursdays of the month

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When you are feeling like no one else can possible understand, a support group may be the place for you. Our monthly support group is open to all persons living with cancer no matter what stage of treatment or recovery they are in. 

Open to all adults and all types of cancer. Please feel free to join this group at any time. 

875 Blake Wilbur Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage

No registration necessary, just drop in.

Next Date: 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 12/18
For questions, call us 650-725-9481
New
Support Group

First Thursday of even months
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Next Dates: 10/2, 12/4

At Stanford, we have treated over 1,000 acoustic neuromas over the last 20 years with surgery and radiosurgery. The Stanford Cyberknife Program is one the most active and experienced Cyberknife programs for acoustic neuromas in the US.

Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a slow-growing benign tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear and the brain. The tumor usually starts growing in the internal auditory canal, and presses against the hearing and balance nerves as it grows.

If you have been diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, and have questions or wish to explore treatment options and coping strategies with other patients and clinical experts, please join us for upcoming Stanford Acoustic Neuroma Support Group meetings.

The meetings are free of charge, and are a great resource for patient education and resources available to acoustic neuroma patients and families. Support group meetings will be co-moderated by acoustic neuroma patients. The meetings consist of 20 minutes speaker presentation, 20 minutes patients' presentations of their own experiences, and open forum for discussion. Also, leading Stanford Neurosurgeon and acoustic neuroma expert Steven D. Chang, MD will join for a Q&A session at the end of each meeting.

The Stanford Acoustic Neuroma Support Group meets bimonthly on the first Thursday of the even month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Speakers will be available for questions.

PLEASE NOTE: New driving directions & parking information effective October 2013. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Talks:

October 2, 2014: TBD

December 4, 2014: TBD

Past Talks:

August 7, 2014: "How Acoustic Neuroma Pre-Treatment Symptoms Respond After Treatment" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

June 5, 2014: "Current status of hearing aids for patients with acoustic neuromas", by Gerald Popelka, PhD, Department of otolaryngology, Stanford University School of Medicine

April 3, 2014: "The role of a neuro-oncologist in the management of acoustic neuroma patients" By Reena Thomas, MD, Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine

February 6, 2014: "Coping with the diagnosis of Acoustic Neuroma", by Bret Schneider, MD, Psychiatrist and Consulting Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

December 5, 2013: "History of Acoustic Neuroma Treatments with a Q&A", by Dr. Robert Jackler, MD, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University.

October 3, 2013: "Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion"

June 6, 2013: "Questions to ask yourself when seeking treatment for your Acoustic Neuroma", by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

April 4, 2013: "Understanding Radiation: What It Is and How It Works", by Iris Gibbs, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine

February 7, 2013: "Causes and treatments for tinnitus", by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

December 6, 2012: "Common Eye Problems and Optimal Eye Care Related to Acoustic Neuroma", by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

October 4, 2012: "Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion", by Iris Gibbs, MD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology; Nikolas Blevins, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology; and Gordon Li, MD, Assisstant Professor of Neurosurgery

August 2, 2012: "Dealing with balance through vestibular therapy", by Joyce Chadderdon, Vestibular Physical Therapist

June 7, 2012: "Treatments for Acoustic Neuromas - Myths and facts regarding the different options" by Steven D. Chang, MD Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

April 5, 2012: "Anxiety, depression, and coping with the diagnosis of Acoustic Neuromas" by M. Bret Schneider, MD, Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

February 2, 2012: "Current status of hearing aids for Acoustic Neuroma patients" by Gerald R Popelka, PhD, Professor and Chief of Audiology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University

December 1, 2011: "Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation in patients with Acoustic Neuromas" by Alison Ryan, Registered Dietitian, Stanford University Medical Center

October 6, 2011: "Causes and treatment of headaches in acoustic neuroma patients" by Dr. Michael Leong, MD, Assistant Professor, Stanford Pain Clinic, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford

August 4, 2011: "Update from the 2011 Natational Acostic Neuroma Association Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio" by Dr. Scott Soltys, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford

April 7, 2011: "Controversies in diagnosis and management of Acoustic Neuromas" by Steven D. Chang, MD Professor Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

February 3, 2011: "Vestibular Therapy for Management of Balance Disorders in Acoustic Neuroma Patients" by Diron Cassidy, MPT Good Samaritan Hospital

December 2, 2010: "Tinnitus in Acoustic Neuroma Patients" by John S. Oghalai, MD Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University

October 7, 2010: "Hearing Tests and Hearing Aids for Acoustic Neuroma Patients" by Gerry Popelka, PhD, Stanford Audiologist

August 5, 2010: "Current Medical Literature on Acoustic Neuroma" by Scott Soltys, MD, Stanford Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncologist

June 3, 2010: "Balance Issues and Treatments in Acoustic Neuroma Patients" by Nikolas Blevins, MD, Stanford Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

April 1, 2010: "Current Treatment Modalities for Acoustic Neuroma" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery

Contact Aysha Ali for information or to make a reservation: 650-736-1134
Support Group
Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us in a supportive environment to share experiences, concerns, and knowledge of amyloidosis. Open to patients, caregivers, family, and friends. Available on a limited basis.

No matter what form of amyloidosis you have, it is a serious, life-changing disease. Little can be more important for patients and their loved ones than to learn from other patients and their families.

We are proud to collaborate with the Northern California Amyloidosis Support Group, comprised of amyloidosis patients and their families.

This group meets four times per year, allowing patients and their families to learn more about the disease, swap stories, and support one another.

Free

Next Date: October 2014
Email or call us for more information: 650-725-9456
Support Group
Led by: Scheduled Speakers and Group

Days, dates, and time to be determined.

Designed to provide a forum for discussion between patients, caregivers and family. By way of education and mutual emotional support, participants will learn more about the disease, symptom management, and can exchange stories and support one another.  The Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program is proud to collaborate with the Bay Area CTCL Support Group.

Call for more information: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Scheduled Speakers and Group

Advanced Medicine Center Building

We invite anybody who has a relationship with Multiple Myeloma (either as a patient, care-giver, family member, or loved one) to join us. You will find valuable information, relationships, and clarity that will make a difference for you and for us. Little can be more important for patients and their loved ones than to learn from the experiences of other patients and their families. This group meets four times per year, allowing patients and their families to learn more about the disease, swap stories, and support one another. No registration is necessary; please just drop in!

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Joanie Taylor, RN/Sharon Lamb, RN

Last Thursday of each month
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Next Dates: 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27

The Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program is committed to supporting patients and  families coping with the diagnosis of a brain tumor. We believe support enhances and improves the quality of life for patients, survivors, and their families. We believe that support groups serve as an integral part of the recovery process. 

We offer a monthly support group for patients and their caregivers. This support group is filled with people who have been where you are now – they have been diagnosed, gone through treatment, and are living as survivors. Join us for straight talk about: 

  • Treatments
  • New research
  • Side effects management
  • Survivorship
  • Community resources

Valet parking is provided.

 

New
Support Group
Led by: Betsy Harris, MSW
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of the month

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Being diagnosed with a GI cancer confronts patients and caregivers with multiple challenges. This group aims to provide a space for caregivers to ask questions, receive tips and advice from others, and share their own individual challenges and experiences.

This group is open to caregivers of patients with cancers of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, appendix, colon, rectum, anus, liver, biliary tract, and peritoneum. (Please note that a Pancreatic Support Group is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., open to patients and caregivers.)

Topics of interest will include: practical coping, effective ways to help, managing guilt, anger, and sadness, as well as any other topic that is brought to the group.

No registration necessary; just drop in!

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 8/6, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3
For questions, contact Betsy Harris: 650-743-4672
New
Support Group
Led by: Betsy Harris, MSW
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Third Wednesday of the month

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Being diagnosed with a GI cancer confronts patients with multiple challenges. To fill the void for those who seek answers and to provide individualized support, a monthly meeting has been developed to assist patients in dealing with the emotional aspects of having a GI cancer diagnosis. Topics of interest will include symptom management, coping, nutrition, clinical trials, and more.

This group is open to patients with cancers of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, appendix, colon, rectum, anus, liver, biliary tract, and peritoneum. (Please note there is also a Pancreatic Support Group held the second Wednesday of every month from 6 pm – 8 pm, open to patients and caregivers.)

No registration necessary. Just drop in!

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17
For questions, contact Betsy Harris: 650-743-4672
New
Support Group
Led by: Jordan Chavez, MSW, and Brigid Miralda, NP

1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A resource for both newly diagnosed and women living with ongoing treatment management issues. In the support group, we learn to discover we are not alone, learn from the knowledge and experience of others, receive encouragement, support, and suggestions for dealing with difficult situations, and share our knowledge and feelings in order to help others.

No registration necessary, just drop in!

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 8/7, 8/21
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Michael Bonar, LCSW
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

First Tuesday of every month

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The diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers can present many challenges to the patient and family.  This group will provide information and support to those newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment or recovering from treatment.  Family members are welcome.  

No registration necessary; just drop in.

Parking Passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
RSVP with Michael Bonar: 650-223-1422
New
Support Group
Led by: Anne Heideck, LCSW
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Second Tuesday of every month

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For patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes. Open to everyone: patients, caregivers, family, and friends. This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to members who may feel a little less alone by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own.  Family support groups work in conjunction with a patient's medical treatment. No registration necessary; just drop in.

The Stanford Health Library recommends: "Adult Leukemia: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents and Families" by Barb Lackritz and "Can We Cure the Common Leukemias?" by Steven Coutre. Please contact the Stanford Health Library for these publications.

No registration necessary; just drop in.

Next Date: 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9
For questions, contact Anne Heideck: 650-725-2041
New
Support Group
Led by: Jenny Bosch, MSW
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month

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This support group meets once a month to offer encouragement, hope and emotional support. It is open to all lung cancer patients, survivors, family members, and caregivers. The program will be facilitated with guest speakers, who are invited to talk on a variety of topics such as imaging, nutrition, diet and exercise, treatment options, and clinical trials.

No registration is necessary, just drop in.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking Passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/6, 9/3, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3
For questions, call Jenny Bosch: 650-353-8571
New
Support Group
Led by: Steven D. Chang, MD

First Thursday of every other month
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Next Dates: 9/4, 11/6

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We welcome you to join us and learn about more the latest treatment options, network with other meningioma patients, and find encouragement and support. Family members, caregivers, friends and interested persons are encouraged to attend. No registration necessary; please just drop in! Refreshments will be provided.

The meetings are free of charge and co-moderated by meningioma patients. They consist of 20 minutes of speaker presentation, 20 minutes of patients' presentations of their own experiences, and open forum for discussion. Also, leading Stanford Neurosurgeon, Steven D. Chang, MD, will join for a Q&A session at the end of each meeting.

Benefits of attending a local support group include:

  • Communicating in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment with others who have shared a common meningioma experience.
  • Sharing information on dealing with specific problems, overcoming handicaps, and reassuring others that better times lie ahead.
  • Educating and informing each other about the latest meningioma topics of interest.
  • Providing emotional support to all patients, both pre- and post-treatment.

This group meets on the first Thursday of every other month from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: New driving directions and parking information effective October 2013. Click here for more information.

Past Talks:

July 10, 2014: "How hormones can influence meningioma growth, symptoms, and patient well being" by Lawrence Katznelson, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Endocrinology, Stanford University School of Medicine

May 1, 2014: "The role of a neuro-oncologist in the management of meningioma patients" by Reena Thomas, MD, Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine

March 6, 2014: "Meningioma Case Presenations and Panel Discussion, Including endoscopic surgical approaches" by Jayakar Nayak, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology; Gordon Li, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

November 7, 2013: "Management of Headaches in Meningioma Patients" by Sheena Aurora, MD, Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine

September 5, 2013: "Which meningiomas should not be treated" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

July 11, 2013: "Meningiomas and Seizures: How to identify and treat seizures in meningioma patients" by George Nune, MD, Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine

May 2, 2013: A live tour of the Cyberknife at Stanford, followed by a discussion of the "Appropriate uses of radiosurgery for the treatment of meningioma" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

March 7, 2013: "Common Eye Problems and Optimal Eye Care Related to Meningiomas and their treatment" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

January 10, 2013: "New Developments on the Treatment of Meningiomas - News and Results from the 8th International Congress on Meningiomas, November 2012", by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

November 1, 2012: "Meningioma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion" by Iris Gibbs, MD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology; Gordon Li, MD, Assisstant Professor of Neurosurgery; and Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford 

September 6, 2012: "Hormones and their influence on Meningioma prevention and treatment" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford July 12, 2012: "Anxiety, depression, and coping with the diagnosis of Meningiomas" by Bret Schneider, MD, Consulting Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, Stanford

May 3, 2012: "Radiation for meningiomas - a discussion of the various types of radiation used to treat brain and spine meningiomas" by Iris Gibbs, MD, Associate Professor, Radiation Oncologist, Stanford

March 1, 2012: "Vestibular Therapy for Management of Balance Disorders in Meningioma Patients - How to treat balance problems and prevent them from returning” by Diron Cassidy, MPT, Physical Therapist, Vortex Physical Therapy and Balance

January 5, 2012: "Management of pretreatment and posttreatment headaches and seizures in meningioma patient" by Dr. Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford

November 3, 2011: "Nutrition and Nutritional Supplementation in patients with Meningiomas" by Erika Connor, Registered Dietitian, Stanford University Medical Center

September 1, 2011: "Meningiomas- epidemiology, symptoms, and treatment options" by Dr. Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford

 

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

First Friday of every month

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This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to individuals with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). We will have monthly speakers on a variety of topics. Family members and caretakers are welcome! No registration necessary; just drop in. Call 650-725-9456 to confirm the date of each meeting.

Upcoming groups:

  • August 1 - "Daily nurturing practices and living with uncertainty" Rabbi Lori Klein
  • September 5 - "Transfusions, Treatments, Side Effects and more" Sandy Burgess, RN, OCN

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/1, 9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group

Second Wednesday of every other month
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Next Dates: 9/10, 11/12

support-groups

Open to patients, caregivers, family, and friends. This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to members who may feel a little less alone by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own. Family support groups work in conjunction with a patient's medical treatment. No registration necessary, please just drop in! Refreshments will be provided.

At Stanford, we understand the complexity of a patient's medical need and offer support to patients with Neurofibromatosis. This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to members who may feel a little less alone by meeting with others whose situations are similar to their own. Family support groups work in conjunction with a patient's medical treatment.

The meetings are free of charge and are a great resource for patient and family education. The meetings consist of 20 minutes speaker presentation, 20 minutes patients' presentations of their own experiences, and open forum for discussion. Also, leading Stanford Neurosurgeon, Steven D. Chang, MD, will join for a Q&A session at the end of each meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: New driving directions & parking information effective October 2013. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Talks:

July 9, 2014: TBD

September 10, 2014: TBD

November 12, 2014: TBD

Past Talks:

March 12, 2014: "Coping with stress and anxiety" by Bret Schneider, MD, Psychiatrist and Consulting Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

September 11, 2013: "Navigating referrals, insurance appeals and denials" by Maria Ronquillo, Cyberknife Coordinator

July 10, 2013: "The role of Avastin treatment" by Lawrence Recht, MD, Professor of Neurology-Oncology & Neurosurgery

May 8, 2013: "Role of Nutrition and Chronic Diseases" by Erica Connor, Oncology Dietician

March 13, 2013: "Maintaining self-esteem" by Bret Schneider, MD, Psychiatrist and Consulting Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

November 14, 2012: "Introduction of Stanford Neurogenetics Program" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery 

Valet parking provided.

To confirm the date, call: 650-736-0262
New
Support Group
Led by: Camille Wheatley, MSW
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Second Wednesday of every month

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Patients and their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with their disease and the effects of treatment. It is open to all pancreatic cancer patients, survivors, family members, loved ones, and caregivers. We will have speakers from the Stanford Pancreatic Center of Excellence talk about a variety of topics.

No registration necessary. Drop in!

Valet parking provided.

Next Date: 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
For questions, call Camille Wheatley: 650-454-7623
Support Group
Led by: Jon Siiteri, PhD, PA-C

Fourth Tuesday of every month
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This group meets once monthly to provide support to men with a diagnosis of or a history of treatment for prostate cancer. We meet in a confidential setting to speak and listen to other men who have faced the challenges of dealing with prostate cancer. The group is led by healthcare professionals experienced in prostate cancer treatment and follow-up. In addition to other educational opportunities, the group will learn about self-directed therapies that enable participants to achieve maximum wellness.

Jon Siiteri, PhD, PA-C has fifteen years of clinical experience in Urology. He is a certified practitioner of mind-body medicine and has five years of experience as a group facilitator in prostate cancer patient support groups. Jon is a member of our Stanford Uro-Oncology team.

No registration is necessary. Drop in.

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Valet parking is provided.

Next Date: 7/22, 8/26, 9/23
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Various Speakers

Second Wednesday of every even month
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Next Dates: 10/8, 12/10

For those who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, you are not alone! Please join us to our bi-monthly meeting at Stanford to learn about the new treatment options and to share your experience with others going through similar situations.

If you have been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and have questions or wish to explore treatment options and coping strategies with other patients and clinical experts, please join us for upcoming Stanford Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group meetings.

The meetings are free of charge and are a great resource for patient and family education. The meetings consist of 20 minutes speaker presentation, 20 minutes patients' presentations of their own experiences, and open forum for discussion. Also, leading Stanford Neurosurgeon, Steven D. Chang, MD, will join for a Q&A session at the end of each meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: Driving directions & Parking information effective October 2013. Click here to access a PDF with new driving directions to the Stanford Cancer Center.

At the upcoming meetings, Stanford Faculty Physicians will speak on a variety of topics.

August 13, 2014: TBD

October 8, 2014: TBD

December 10, 2014: TBD

Past Talks:

June 11, 2014: "Innovative injection therapies for TN face pain" by Dr. Xiang Qian, and “Behavioral management strategies for chronic pain” by Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, ANP-BC.

February 12, 2014: "Overview of Facial Pain Program"

October 9, 2013: "Novel treatments of Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain" by Jamie Henderson, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

August 14, 2013: "Anxiety, depression, and coping with the diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia" by Bret Schneider, MD, Psychiatrist and Consulting Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

June 12, 2013: "Management of Facial Pain" by Robert Cowan, MD, Professor of Neurology

April 10, 2013: "Classification of 7 Face Pain types" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery

November 15, 2012: "Facial Pain" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery

2nd Floor, Conference Room CC-2103
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Vee Vo at: 650-736-0262

Ernest Rosenbaum Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series

New
Lecture
Speaker: Sue Kim, MD, MS, DABMA
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Stanford Health Library
2nd floor of the Hoover Pavilion Building

This lecture will provide cancer survivors and their support networks with a basic understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicine (IM) principles and practices. We will discuss how IM and various CAM modalities might best be applied to support patients and their caregivers in all stages of care. We will consider several areas of ongoing research and offer concluding remarks and recommendations to help individuals optimize quality of life.

Free parking

No fee. Space is limited.

Please call for reservations. 650-498-7826
New
Lecture
Speaker: Sangeeta Agarawal, MS, RN, CAS
Thursday, October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Frustrated about feeling tired?  Learn what you can do to manage fatigue and find support.  We will cover tips and tools from ancient wisdom to the latest evidence-based research to assist you with finding natural ways to feel more energetic and focused.

No fee. Space is limited.

Please call for reservations. 650-498-7826

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