Classes

New
Class
Led by: Margaret Hawn, RN, BSN; Beverly Wheat, RN; and Chris Tucker, RN

Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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.

Next Date: 7/24, 7/30, 7/31
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

Concerts

New
Concert
Performed by: Various Artists
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday and Friday

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."
- Confucius

All patients, families, visitors and staff are welcome to enjoy weekly concerts performed by professional quality musicians in the Stanford Hospital Atrium.

Upcoming events:

FRIDAY, July 11, 12:30 p.m.
BROCELIANDE — Celtic/Early Music

Broceliande presents Songs of the Season.  They will perform selections to celebrate the summer season as well as some fresh new material from the courts, castles and countrysides of Olde Europe and the British Isles.

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 12:30 p.m.
MR. BARKY — Old-Time American Folk Music

Enjoy a 150-year romp through some of the best offerings of old-time American folk music from different eras. Mr. Barky begins with our nation’s fascination with the anti-royalist Napoleon Bonaparte, moves through the idyllic depictions of William Shakespeare Hayes and George Riley Puckett, continues with some party tunes of the 1920s, and ends with nostalgia for a simpler time, the ever popular Ashoken Farewell.

FRIDAY, July 18, 12:30 p.m.
BLUE, APACHE SONG-CATCHER & DOUG ADAMZ — Native American Inspired Music
Blue’s music crosses barriers and penetrates the heart and spirit in unprecedented ways. A master flute player, Blue brings an intensity and authenticity that is unsurpassed by other players of his instrument. Blue will be joined by Doug Adamz on guitar. Here’s what some have to say about Doug: “He is an excellent guitarist... a terrific guitarist!”— Harold Bradley, Country Music Hall of Fame.

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 12:30 p.m.
EDGARDO CAMBON & LA-TI-DO QUARTET — Latin Music

This promises to be a great concert with one of the SF Bay Area’s premiere percussionists and his LaTiDo Quartet.  The ensemble will play selections from classic and contemporary Latin music, from beautiful ballads to Salsa!

FRIDAY, July 25, 12:30 p.m.
JIM & MORNING NICHOLS — American Jazz, Country, and More!

Their music reflects everything from Jazz to Americana Roots. Jim’s impressive credentials include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. Morning is a pure and compelling vocalist. She has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, West Coast Cabaret Conventio,n and yearly at the Chet Atkins Guitar Convention in Nashville.

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 12:30 p.m.
JOHN WORLEY QUARTET — Eclectic Jazz

Flugelhorn artist John Worley Jr. is adept at a multitude of styles. He has played with many national and international artists in Canada, Europe, Central and North America. Combining great technique with potent lyricism, Worley has created a unique sound. His music touches on all corners of the Americas, riding a world chart of bop, straight ahead jazz, tango, Afro-Cuban and more.

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305

Getting Here »
Contact Greg Kaufman: 650-725-2892
New
Concert

Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Thursday at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Initiated in August 2005, the Ambient Piano Series is sponsored by William Reller and The Reller Family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller. Listeners can enjoy talented pianists playing soothing and inspiring music from classical, popular, jazz, and other musical genres in a casual environment at the Stanford Cancer Center.

New
Concert
Performed by: Various Artists
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Every Tuesday, June 3, 2014 to September 30, 2014

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The 2014 lineup includes an incredible range of music performed by the Bay Area’s top music talent bringing you everything from Tango, Classical, Jazz, Pop and more.  Bring your lunch, a friend or co-worker, and enjoy some great music this summer!

The Reller Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reller family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller. All concerts subject to weather conditions.

Need assistance getting there?

WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST PATIENTS TO CONCERTS.  Please call GUEST SERVICES at 650-498-3333. Let us know if you need a wheelchair. We are happy to provide transport and monitor for patient comfort during concerts, but we are unable to provide medical supervision for patients. Please arrange for a staff person to accompany any patient who needs clinical observation during the concert.

Free

For information, contact Greg Kaufman, music program coordinator: 650-725-2892

Fitness Events

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
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: 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
Fitness
Led by: Joyce Hanna, MA, MS (Associate Director) / Certified Fitness Instructors

Classes meet for 75 minutes, 2 times a week, for 12 weeks.

Living Strong, Living Well is a 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Our goal is to help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. We'll focus on reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving energy levels and self esteem. We also assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. The ultimate goal is to empower adult cancer patients to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength. Advance registration is required.

  • Program is held at the YMCA. For upcoming events plus YMCA addresses and directions, navigate to http://lslw.stanford.edu and look at "Upcoming Programs" on the bottom-right corner of the page.
  • Certified fitness instructors trained by Stanford and the YMCA give personal individualized instruction to the participants.
  • Classes are completely free. The YMCA provides the trained instructors, the facility, and the equipment.

Advanced registration required.

Free

To ask questions or register, call Joyce Hanna at: 650-725-5014
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

Lectures

Lecture

Date TBD

Join us for this free informational seminar: An Overview of In Vitro Fertilization & Assisted Reproductive Technology

Guest speakers include:

Dates:

  • February 17
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • July 21
  • Remaining 2014 dates TBD

Free

Call for reservations (seating is limited): Phone: 650-498-7911 (option #1)
New
Lecture
Speaker: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT

Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction and a mind body program.

Please join us for an informational session evening to learn how to improve your communication skills with your partner as you go through fertility treatments.

  • Improved listening skills
  • Symptoms of a "stressed" couple
  • Differences in how men and women cope with infertility
  • Tips for supporting your partner in ways that feel helpful
  • Strategies for maintain a healthy relationship when going through difficult times.
  • Principles of a strong relationship

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free Event

For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408 (option 1)
New
Lecture
Speaker: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
  • Lifestyle Guidelines
  • Staying connected
  • Life Balance
  • Positive thinking and optimism
  • Find the best in your partner

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free Event

For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408 (option 1)
New
Lecture
  • Characteristics of resilient people
  • How to cultivate resilience
  • Mindfulness and "staying present"
  • Eliciting the relaxation response
  • Spirituality, Health, and Coping

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free Lecture

For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408 (option 1)
New
Lecture

October 31 – November 1, 2014

Save the dates!

Stanford Hospital & Clinics offers a variety of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Save the dates, October 31 – November 1, 2014, for the 5th Annual Breakthroughs in Neurologic Therapies: Restoring Function to the Nervous System.

For questions, email StanfordCME@stanford.edu, or visit http://cme.stanford.edu for all CME courses sponsored by Stanford University School of Medicine.

Location forthcoming.

For more information, call: 650-497-8554
New
Lecture
Speaker: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT

Couples considering pursuing 3rd party reproduction- ovum donation, sperm donation, or the use of a gestational carrier have some important decisions to make over what they will share with others, and most importantly their intended child. This lecture focuses on what the current research has shown us about disclosure and how to best go about the process to best meet the needs of your family.

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

To RSVP, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408 (option 1)

Programs and 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 Hospital'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

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Please print this flier and share on your message boards.

For information, 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
Program
Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
third-party-reproduction-support

Penny Donnelly, RN LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, use of gestational carrier), and weight loss. Her programs reflect genuine caring, support and guidance. We have also recently implemented a designated group for single women exploring fertility preservation or parenting.

This dedicated group is for women that are overweight and would like to focus on Health and Wellness to improve their success with fertility treatments.

For more information about our fertility programs, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free Program

Next Date: 8/19, 9/16
For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408
New
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

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

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!

900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/13, 8/27
For more 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!

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

Support Groups

New
Support Group
Led by: Joanie Taylor, RN/Sharon Lamb, RN

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

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.

The Stanford Health Library recommends: "Brain Tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment". Please contact the Stanford Health Library to view the video.

New
Support Group
Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
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Penny Donnelly, RN LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, use of gestational carrier), and weight loss. Her programs reflect genuine caring, support and guidance. We have also recently implemented a designated group for single women exploring fertility preservation or parenting.

This group is for those exploring or moving towards using donor egg, donor sperm, or using a gestational carrier. We explore the many educational, emotional, ethical, and logistical considerations. 

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free Event

Next Date: 8/5, 9/2
For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408
Support Group
Thu Aug 07 00:00:00 UTC 2014
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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.

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

Upcoming Talks:

August 7, 2014: TBD

October 2, 2014: TBD

December 4, 2014: TBD

Past Talks:

  • 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
  • Apr 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

All meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Speakers will be available for questions.

Next Date: 10/2, 12/4
Contact Aysha Ali for information or to make a reservation: 650-736-1134
Support Group
Facilitated by: Meg Dvorak, LCSW (Adult CF Social Worker)

First Friday of every month, 11:30am - 1:00pm

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The Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is a new building located at the far end of the main hallway of Stanford Hospital (from the main entry, go right and walk all the way to the end—the building is on the left).

See monthly email for details on topic and room assignment. Download an informational PDF about the group.

Note: Patients who have B cepacia, MRSA, and multi-resistant organisms may not attend in person. WebEx available for video or teleconference.

For information, call Meg Dvorak: 650-723-6273
Support Group
Weighing in on Sleep A presentation by Dr. Chad Ruoff
Wed Aug 06 00:00:00 UTC 2014
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of each month (except July)

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Please join us to learn about the bi-directional relationship between sleep and weight. We will also discuss some basic management strategies that can help maintain a healthy weight.

The Newcomer’s Discussion Session, 6-7 p.m.

The Newcomer’s Discussion Session provides an opportunity to ask questions, and learn from the collective knowledge of the group. Join us for this energetic and informative session.

About the AWAKE Group

The Stanford Sleep Medicine Center hosts a monthly meeting to promote health education and support for our patients and the greater community. The meeting features important topics in sleep medicine and sleep medicine research
presented by Stanford Sleep Clinicians.

For questions or to have your address information removed from our distribution list please submit your request by e-mail to awakeatstanford@gmail.com or by telephone at (650) 721-7548.

Free

Next Date: 9/3
Robert Tognoli, RPSGT Phone: 650-721-7548
New
Support Group
Sat Jul 26 00:00:00 UTC 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

Informational Seminar

Held in: Call clinic for room information
Date:
Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

Held in: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Date: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Support Along the Way

Losing weight takes a strong commitment on your part, and undergoing Bariatric Surgery as a significant part of a weight-loss program, is a major undertaking. While it's something you can do alone, there's absolutely no reason you have to – or should. We’ve found that to be truly successful both in the short- and long-term, it’s best to have plenty of help and support along the way. And not just from your family and friends.

The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery offers you the opportunity to participate in numerous meetings and support groups before and after surgery to help contribute to your successful outcome. The different groups provide a friendly forum for people who are considering or have already had weight loss surgery. We offer education about the surgery, guidelines for nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being during the preparation and recovery process. The groups also involve our patients who have gone through the procedures, or who will be soon.

Patient groups are particularly helpful as they can share their experiences and provide the encouragement and reinforcement you need to succeed in changing your lifestyle behaviors. Here is a sampling of some of the meetings and groups at your disposal. Feel free to contact us regarding any of them.

Informational Seminar

The last Wednesday of each month, Dr. John Morton, the Director of Bariatric Surgery, gives a presentation explaining the surgery, as well as any complications that may arise.

This meeting provides you with an excellent opportunity to meet one of our surgeons and have your questions answered. Afterward, we have a "round table" discussion in which everyone is encouraged to participate.

When: Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Call clinic for information
Administered by: Dr. Morton, Director of Bariatric Surgery 
Contact Information: Patient Care Coordinator at 650-736-5800
Subjects:

  • Epidemiology and Pathology of Morbid Obesity
  • Treatment Options Discussed
  • Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria Outlined
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation Detailed
  • Risks and Benefits Given
  • Q&A

Visitors are encouraged to call and register to confirm date and time. Family and friends are welcome!

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

The Stanford Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00p.m., at Blake-Wilbur Conference Room. Please contact the meeting facilitator or the clinic Patient Care Coordinator for meeting specifics, confirmation of date, and location.

These meetings are facilitated by a licensed professional. Discussions includes health goals, dietary requirements, exercise expectations, psychological preparation, role of family, short and long-term challenges, pre-op and post-op phases, etc.

When: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Administered by: A licensed professional
Contact Information: Patient Care Coordinator at 650-736-5800

Each month features a special topic, followed by a Q&A. Samples of some topics include:

  • Dietary Requirements – Staying On Track - RD
  • Exercise Expectations – The Other Half of Equation - OT
  • Post-Operative Course – What to Expect -  MD
  • Psychological Adjustment – How to Cope - MSW
  • Plastic Surgery – Body Re-Modeling - MD
  • Social Events – Walk for Obesity

During these meetings, if desired, you will be assigned a Bariatric Surgery "Buddy" who can help you through the process and keep you on track.

Facebook Support Group

The Bariatric Surgery Facebook Group is an online tool for any prospective or post-surgery patients, their friends and family. The Group page is a forum for group members to share stories, view videos, get information, and give support, and is accessible any time of day. Nutrition and exercise tips, online discussions, and news items are available. The page is monitored by Bariatric Surgery at Stanford staff.

Become a member today at Stanford Hospital and Clinics' Bariatrics Surgery Facebook Group.

Support Throughout

The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery provides patients and their families with ongoing support before, during and after their surgery. Here’s a sampling:

Peri-Operative Support (encompassing pre-, intra- and post-operative timeframe):

  • Anesthesia clinic visit – pre-op evaluation and Explanation of Anesthesia and Recovery
  • RN - PT Educator visit – reinforce pre-op teaching and discuss logistics of hospital stay
  • During hospital stay – seen at least daily by resident surgeons, bariatric surgery fellow AND attending surgeon. Seen at least once before discharge by nurse practitioner and hospital nutritionist

Pre-Operative Education

Support meeting on the third Monday of each month for 1-2 hours. Counseling includes:

  • health goals
  • dietary requirements

This session is conducted by Michael Torno, RN, and each presentation is followed by a Q&A. These meetings also include the assignment of a Bariatric Surgery "Buddy" if desired.

Post-Operative Support

Patients are seen in clinic at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months , 6 months, 1 year and annually thereafter. We highly encourage and desire patients to continue with life-long bariatric follow-up and support.

For more information, call Bariatric Surgery: 650-736-5800
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
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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
Support Group

The Stanford Hospital & Clinics Caregiver Solid Organ Transplant Support Group provides caregivers of adult patients an opportunity to discuss challenges, learn new coping strategies and strengthen support.

Past events:

  • February 13, 2013 – Financial Planning for Transplant: Navigating Insurance and Fundraising
  • April 10, 2013 – Nutrition for Organ Transplant
  • June 12, 2013 – Caring for the Caregiver: Managing Stress and Learning New Skills
  • August 14, 2013 – Caring for Your Relationship: The Impact of Illness on Relationships and Intimacy
  • October 9, 2013 – Caregiver Speaker Panel
  • December 11, 2013 – Understanding your Patient’s Transplant Medications

Refreshments will be served!

Call for details about any upcoming groups.

For questions about the Transplant Caregiver Support Group, please contact Melissa Calnon / Caitlin West: 650-721-2319 / 650-723-4440
Support Group
Led by: Betsy Harris, MSW

First Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

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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!

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/6, 9/3
For questions, contact Betsy Harris: 650-743-4672
Support Group
Led by: Betsy Harris, MSW

Third Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

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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!

Free

Parking passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 7/16, 8/20, 9/17
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!

Parking passes provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/7, 8/21
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Michael Bonar, LCSW

First Tuesday of every month, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.  

 

Parking Passes are provided for the Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Next Date: 8/5, 9/2
RSVP with Michael Bonar: 650-223-1422
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.

Support Group
Led by: Cathy Miller, LCSW and Melissa Calnon, MSW
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Last Monday of every month, excluding holidays.

Mission Statement

To broaden healthcare for patients and families through the unique support and understanding of peer-to-peer mentoring, to foster happier, healthier lives and reduce feelings of isolation.

Carefully selected, trained, supported peer mentors help patients and their support circle address challenges related to their medical condition.

On a one-to-one basis, individuals with similar health and life circumstances are linked to develop meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships based on trust:

  • Listen to concerns
  • Share personal experiences
  • Serve as resource for developing coping strategies
  • Provide guidance in negotiating healthcare systems

We look forward to welcoming you to our caring and vibrant community.

Ground Floor Conference Room HC004A
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

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Free

For questions, please contact heart transplant social workers Cathy Miller, LCSW and Melissa Calnon, MSW: 650-723-5581 / 650-721-2319
New
Support Group
Presented by: Staff from the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service.
Sat Jul 12 00:00:00 UTC 2014
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Free parking on Saturday

This is a quarterly informational session and support group. Families and caregivers are welcome. A continental breakfast will be served.

Session topics:

  • Basics of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD): How it functions and other helpful facts.
  • Support group: Living with your ICD.

Free registration

Ann E. Thomas Phone: 650-736-6555
New
Support Group
Led by: Anne Heideck, LCSW

Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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.

Next Date: 8/12, 9/9
For questions, contact Anne Heideck: 650-725-2041
New
Support Group
Led by: Joshua Fronk, DO, Clinical Instructor, and Kavitha Ramchandran, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Third Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

When living with a serious illness, palliative medicine can help you live longer and live better. Maximizing both your longevity and quality of  life is why you receive your care at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. This new group facilitated by one of our own Supportive Oncology (Palliative Medicine) doctors will help:

  • Define palliative care and how it can help
  • Discuss non-medical interventions for symptom control
  • Explain advanced care planning
  • Discuss clinic and palliative care community resources
Next Date: 8/19
To questions, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Jenny Bosch, MSW

First Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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
For questions, call Jenny Bosch: 650-353-8571
Support Group
Led by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

Every other month

This group meets every other month at the medical center. Approximately 10-15 LAM patients and their families attend meetings, which usually include a guest speaker on topics of interest plus time to visit and ask questions.

For more information or to register, contact Susan Jacobs, RN, MS: 650-725-8082
Support Group
Led by: Steven D. Chang, MD

1st Thursdays of every other month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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. 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.

Next Date: 7/10, 9/4, 11/6
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Support Group

First Friday of every month, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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:

  • July 4 - Holiday, no meeting
  • 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
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Support Group

2nd Wednesday of every odd-numbered month
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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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! Please call 650-725-9456 to confirm the date of the meeting before attending. Refreshments will be provided.

Valet parking provided.

To confirm the date, call: 650-725-9456
New
Support Group
Led by: Betsy Harris, MSW

Second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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
For questions, call Betsy Harris: 650-743-4672
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
Support Group
Coordinated by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

Second Monday of every other month, 11:00am - 1:00pm

About our Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Our Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group was founded in April 2004 and is coordinated by Susan Jacobs RN, MS. Meetings are held every other month. Guest speakers have addressed topics such as:

  • Experimental Therapies for IPF
  • Updates from International American Thoracic Society (ATS) Meetings
  • The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis IPF Research Questionnaire Results
  • All You Need to Know About Oxygen
  • Exercise and the IPF Patient
  • Quality of Life at the End of Life

Please call Susan Jacobs at 650-725-8083 to confirm date and time as they are subject to change.

Support Group

Stanford offers The Stanford Stroke Group in conjunction with the Pacific Stroke Association for patients and their families. Participants have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of diagnostic and treatment options, and develop problem-solving and coping skills.

The support group is intended to be a forum where patients and their families can share experiences and concerns about rehabilitation, depression, and other daily concerns. All patients, at any stage of treatment, are encouraged to participate.

Call the Stroke Center: 650-723-6469
New
Support Group
Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Penny Donnelly, RN LMFT is the director of the support programs at Stanford’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Center. She has developed and led a number of counseling and health education programs for patients and facilitates support groups for infertility, third party reproduction (donor egg, donor sperm, use of gestational carrier), and weight loss. Her programs reflect genuine caring, support and guidance. We have also recently implemented a designated group for single women exploring fertility preservation or parenting.

This group is for women (or couples) that would like support as they negotiate the “ups and downs” of fertility treatments.  We will share strategies for improved coping including some mind/body modalities.  Sharing, restructuring negative or distorted thinking patterns, improving communication skills, and learning the gift of forgiveness and resilience are some sample agendas.  The spirit of this on-going and open group is to provide the attendees with a sense of optimism and emotional stability as they undergo treatments and make decisions about fertility options. 

8/12/14 Stress Reduction Strategies    

  • Eliciting the Relaxation Response
  • Twenty things that bring you joy
  • Being “in the flow”
  • Mindfulness – focusing on the present and the foundations of a mindfulness practice
  • Taping into your “inner” wisdom

9/9/14 Making the Most of Your Fertility Treatments

  • Lifestyle Guidelines
  • Staying connected
  • Life Balance
  • Positive thinking and optimism
  • Finding the best in your partner

For more information, please navigate to the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. If you are interested in more personalized information about our programs, please call Penny Donnelly RN, LMFT, at 650-723-6408 or email pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

Private and couples counseling also available, with NO charge for the first session.

Free

Next Date: 8/12, 9/9
For questions, call Penny Donnelly: 650-723-6408

Workshops

Workshop
Led by: Anne Heideck, LCSW

Last Wednesday of the month, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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 the number on this page to register. A box dinner is provided.

900 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
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
New
Workshop
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursdays except 8/14

The workshop

This workshop will explore the new strength-based approach to positive psychology (aka "happiness"). We will discuss research on happiness for the purpose of developing improved personal well-being. Each class will include group guided practice, class discussion and personal reflection.

Texts for the class are Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander and Stress Free for Good: 10 Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness by Fred Luskin and Kenneth Pelletier. Books are not included in the class fee.

The instructor

Frederic Luskin, PhD is Senior Consultant in Wellness at Vaden Health Center and Be Well at Stanford. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University and is Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects. Dr. Luskin's personal web site, Learning To Forgive, has access to video, audio and book products.

211 Quarry Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Tuition: $250.00

Books are not included in tuition.

Contact us: 650-498-5566
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