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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.

Upcoming Talks:

June 4, 2015: "Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Acoustic Neuromas" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Past Talks:

April 2, 2015: "The Genetics of Acoustic Neuroma" by Achal Achrol, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

February 5, 2015: "The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Three Different Surgical Approaches for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

December 4, 2014: "Treating Balance Issues with Vestibular Therapy" by Joyce Chadderdon, PT, NCS, Senior Physical Therapist, Stanford Health Care

October 2, 2014: "Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion" by Gordon Li, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, and John Oghalai, MD, Department of Otolaryngology. Moderated by Steven Chang, MD, Department of Neurosurgery

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

First Thursday of even months

Advanced Medicine Center Building
2nd Floor, Room CC-2103

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
Contact Aysha Ali for information or to make a reservation: 650-736-1134
New
Support Group
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A support group designed to facilitate the exchange of information between people living with multiple myeloma.

Available on a limited basis.

No registration is necessary; please just drop in!


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

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturdays

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor
Rooms CC2103-CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305
 

Getting Here »

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 9/19
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Support Group
Led by: Joanie Taylor, RN and Sharon Lamb, RN
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Come share your story, get important medical updates, and learn about coping with symptoms and psychological changes. This group is for patients and families.

No registration necessary, just drop in!


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

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6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Last Thursday of each month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms CC2104-CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29
For questions, call Joanie Taylor / Sharon Lamb: 650-343-4791 / 415-661-1442
New
Support Group
Led by: Paula Zenti, LCSW
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When you are feeling like no one else can possibly 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.

No registration necessary. Just drop in!


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fourth Wednesday of the month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor, Room CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 7/22, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, NO CLASS 11/26, 12/23
For questions, call Paula Zenti, LCSW 650-387-8719
New
Support Group
Led by: Dr. Matthew Kendra
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QUIT SMOKING WITH MINDFULNESS

The Craving to Quit group gives you the practical skills to quit smoking. Join the program that has doubled the quit rate over other leading treatments. Learn concrete mindfulness skills to help you conquer cravings. Used alone or in combination with smoking cessation medications, the group is 6 weeks long and members are welcome to stay beyond the program.

Visit our Smoking Cessation Program webpage.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

To join the group, call and Select option 2: 650-498-9111
New
Led by: Ruth Kenemuth, MSW; Angela Laffan, NP; and Robyn Silberman, NP
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This group is open to all patients, families, and support, past or present (including esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, peritoneum, intestine, appendix, colon, rectum, and anus). The group offers speakers presenting on various topics and time to openly discuss the many difficult physical and emotional aspects of having a GI cancer diagnosis. Please join at any time!

No registration necessary, just drop in.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fourth Wednesday of the month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor, Rooms CC2014 and CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 6/24, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10
For questions, call: 650-743-4672
Support Group
Led by: Jordan Chavez, MSW, and Brigid Miralda, NP
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A resource for both newly diagnosed patients and women living with ongoing treatment management issues.

No registration necessary, just drop in!


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

First and third Thursdays of the month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
2nd Floor
Conference Room CC2105

Getting Here »

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17
For questions, call Jordon Chavez, LCSW: 650-308-6274
Support Group
Led by: Michael Bonar, LCSW
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This group provides information and support to those newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or recovering from treatment. Family members are welcome.

No registration necessary; just drop in.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

First Tuesday of every month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305
2nd Floor
Conference Room CC2105

Getting Here »

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 7/7, 8/4, 9/1, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1
For questions, call Michael Bonar: 650-223-1422
Support Group
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Open to patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes. Caregivers, family, and friends are welcome.

No registration necessary; just drop in.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Second Tuesday of every month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305
2nd Floor
Conference Room CC2105

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 7/14, 8/11, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8
For questions, call Stephanie Vargas, LCSW: 650-725-2041
Support Group
Led by: Jenny Bosch, MSW
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This group offers encouragement, hope, education, and emotional support to all lung cancer survivors and family members or caregivers.

No registration is necessary, just drop in.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Ground Floor, Room CC2104
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 7/1: NO CLASS, 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2
For questions, call Jenny Bosch: 650-353-8571
Support Group
Led by: Steven D. Chang, MD
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Join us to learn about 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.

Upcoming Talks:

July 9, 2015: "What Does it Mean When You Have Multiple Meningiomas?" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

Past Talks:

May 7, 2015: "The Genetics of Meningioma" by Achal Achrol, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University 

March 5, 2015: "Meningioma Case Presentations and Panel Discussions" by Patrick Swift, MD, Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Gordon Li, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. Moderated by Steven Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

January 8, 2015: "Managing Dizziness and Balance in Patients With Meningiomas" by Diron Cassidy, Vortex Physical Therapy

November 6, 2014: "Surgical and Nonsurgical Advances for the Treatment of Meningiomas and Other Brain Tumors" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

September 4, 2014: "When meningiomas turn bad: What does it mean to have an atypical or malignant meningioma?" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

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


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

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6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

First Thursday of every other month

Next Dates: 7/9, 9/3, 11/5

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms CC2103-CC2104

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Support Group
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This group is designed to provide mutual support and education to individuals with MDS. We will have monthly speakers on a variety of topics. Family members and caretakers are welcome.

No registration necessary; just drop in.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

First Friday of every month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor, Room CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Parking Passes provided for Pasteur Visitor Garage.

Free

Next Date: 7/3, 8/7, 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4
For questions, call: 650-725-9456
Support Group
Guest Speaker:
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This group is for our TTR patients who regularly sit through speaker presentations that focus on the AL type of amyloidosis. This meeting is one you will really want to attend.  


Join us in a supportive environment to share experiences, concerns, and knowledge of amyloidosis. Open to patients, families, and support. 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.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

Saturday, July 11, 2015
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

RSVP by 7/3. Please let me know if you will be attending and how many will attend with you, so that I can order the right refreshments.

Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek
Medical Offices Building
3rd Floor Conference Rooms

1425 S Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Refreshments provided.

Free

New
Support Group
Led by: Ruth Kenemuth, MSW
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A monthly support group open to all pancreatic patients and caregivers for education, balance, strength and support.

No registration necessary. Drop in!


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Second Wednesday of every month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor, Rooms CC2104-CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9
For questions, call Ruth Kenemuth, MSW: 650-743-4672
New
Support Group
Led by: Mr. Kim (singing instructor) and Chaplain Resident Rev. Yona Park
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A monthly singing gathering for Korean cancer patients, their families and caregivers regardless of age and religion.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Second Saturday of the month

Free

Next Date: 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12
For questions, call Chaplain Resident Rev. Yona Park: 408-966-1676

Cardiovascular Health

Support Group
Guest Speaker:
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This group is for our TTR patients who regularly sit through speaker presentations that focus on the AL type of amyloidosis. This meeting is one you will really want to attend.  


Join us in a supportive environment to share experiences, concerns, and knowledge of amyloidosis. Open to patients, families, and support. 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.


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

Saturday, July 11, 2015
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

RSVP by 7/3. Please let me know if you will be attending and how many will attend with you, so that I can order the right refreshments.

Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek
Medical Offices Building
3rd Floor Conference Rooms

1425 S Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Refreshments provided.

Free

New
Support Group

The goal of the Peer to Peer Support Program is 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.

Peers mentors are carefully selected, trained and supported volunteers. They help other patients and their support circle address the challenges related to a disease or medical condition.

In this program, you are linked with a mentor who shares similar health and life circumstances. Through these trusted relationships, mentors provide support in many ways:

  • They listen to concerns
  • They share personal experiences
  • They serve as a resource for developing coping strategies
  • They provide guidance in negotiating healthcare systems

Peer mentors help patients and caregivers during the difficult waiting period for a donor heart and throughout the transplant process and recovery time.

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
For more information please contact Anne Heideck LCSW, MPH, Peer to Peer Program Coordinator 650-474-1011
New
Support Group
Presented by: Staff from the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service.

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.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Free parking on Saturday

Li Ka Shing Center
Room LK308

291 Campus Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94305

Free registration

Ann E. Thomas Phone: 650-736-6555

Caregiver

New
Support Group

Providing caregivers of adult patients with an opportunity to discuss challenges, learn new coping strategies, and strengthen support.

Meeting dates and topics for 2015:

  • April 8, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Coping and Stress Management
  • June 10, 2015 – Understanding Nutrition and Medication Needs
  • August 12, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Recog-nizing Caregiver Burnout
  • October 14, 2015 – Impact of Illness on Relation ships and Intimacy
  • December 9, 2015 – Caring for the Caregiver: Coping and Stress Management

Please join us! Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Boswell Building
1st Floor, Room H0139

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Call for details about any upcoming groups.

Next Date: 6/10, 8/12, 10/14, 12/9
For questions about the Transplant Caregiver Support Group, please contact Caitlin West / Melissa Calnon: 650-445-8867 / 650-454-7684

Chest, Lungs, and Airways

Support Group
Facilitated by: Meg Dvorak, LCSW (Adult CF Social Worker)
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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.

First Friday of every month
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
3rd Floor, Room 304

291 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Next Date: 11/7, 12/5
For information, call Meg Dvorak: 650-723-6273
Support Group
Coordinated by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

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.

Second Monday of every other month
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Center for Advanced Lung Disease
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Room H3143

Getting Here »
Call Susan Jacobs: 650-725-8083
Support Group
Led by: Susan Jacobs, RN, MS

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

Every other month

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
For more information or to register, contact Susan Jacobs, MS, RN: 650-725-8082

Digestion and Metabolic Health

Support Group

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.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

The Stanford Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.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.

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.

Blake Wilbur Building (Bariatric Surgery)
Garden Level

900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »
For more information, call Bariatric Surgery: 650-736-5800

Ear, Nose, and Throat

New
Support Group
caregiving

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.

Upcoming Talks:

June 4, 2015: "Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Acoustic Neuromas" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Past Talks:

April 2, 2015: "The Genetics of Acoustic Neuroma" by Achal Achrol, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

February 5, 2015: "The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Three Different Surgical Approaches for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

December 4, 2014: "Treating Balance Issues with Vestibular Therapy" by Joyce Chadderdon, PT, NCS, Senior Physical Therapist, Stanford Health Care

October 2, 2014: "Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion" by Gordon Li, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, and John Oghalai, MD, Department of Otolaryngology. Moderated by Steven Chang, MD, Department of Neurosurgery

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

First Thursday of even months

Advanced Medicine Center Building
2nd Floor, Room CC-2103

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
Contact Aysha Ali for information or to make a reservation: 650-736-1134

Healthy Living

New
Support Group
Led by: Joshua Fronk, DO, Clinical Instructor, and Kavitha Ramchandran, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor

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 Health Care. 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

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

Stanford Cancer Center
2nd Floor, Conference Room CC2105
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet parking provided.

Next Date: 10/20
To questions, call: 650-725-9456

Neuroscience

New
Support Group
caregiving

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.

Upcoming Talks:

June 4, 2015: "Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Acoustic Neuromas" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Past Talks:

April 2, 2015: "The Genetics of Acoustic Neuroma" by Achal Achrol, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

February 5, 2015: "The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Three Different Surgical Approaches for Acoustic Neuroma Surgery" by Steven Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

December 4, 2014: "Treating Balance Issues with Vestibular Therapy" by Joyce Chadderdon, PT, NCS, Senior Physical Therapist, Stanford Health Care

October 2, 2014: "Acoustic Neuroma Case Presentations and Panel Discussion" by Gordon Li, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, and John Oghalai, MD, Department of Otolaryngology. Moderated by Steven Chang, MD, Department of Neurosurgery

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

First Thursday of even months

Advanced Medicine Center Building
2nd Floor, Room CC-2103

875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »
Contact Aysha Ali for information or to make a reservation: 650-736-1134
Support Group
Led by: Joanie Taylor, RN and Sharon Lamb, RN
caregiving

Come share your story, get important medical updates, and learn about coping with symptoms and psychological changes. This group is for patients and families.

No registration necessary, just drop in!


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Last Thursday of each month

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms CC2104-CC2105
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

Next Date: 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29
For questions, call Joanie Taylor / Sharon Lamb: 650-343-4791 / 415-661-1442
Support Group
Led by: Steven D. Chang, MD
caregiving

Join us to learn about 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.

Upcoming Talks:

July 9, 2015: "What Does it Mean When You Have Multiple Meningiomas?" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

Past Talks:

May 7, 2015: "The Genetics of Meningioma" by Achal Achrol, MD, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University 

March 5, 2015: "Meningioma Case Presentations and Panel Discussions" by Patrick Swift, MD, Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Gordon Li, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery. Moderated by Steven Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

January 8, 2015: "Managing Dizziness and Balance in Patients With Meningiomas" by Diron Cassidy, Vortex Physical Therapy

November 6, 2014: "Surgical and Nonsurgical Advances for the Treatment of Meningiomas and Other Brain Tumors" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

September 4, 2014: "When meningiomas turn bad: What does it mean to have an atypical or malignant meningioma?" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

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


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

View more classes and events at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program »

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

First Thursday of every other month

Next Dates: 7/9, 9/3, 11/5

Stanford Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms CC2103-CC2104

Getting Here »

Valet Parking is provided.

Free

For questions, call: 650-725-9456
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: Vee Vo
caregiving

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:

September 10, 2014: TBD

November 12, 2014: TBD

 

Past Talks:

July 9, 2014:

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 

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Second Wednesday of every other month

Stanford Cancer Center
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms CC2103-2104
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Getting Here »

Valet parking provided.

All supportive care support groups are free.

To confirm the date, call: 650-736-0262
New
Support Group
Led by: Various Speakers

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.

Upcoming Talks:  

June 10, 2015: "How Previous Procedures for Trigeminal Neuralgia Impact the Success of Second Procedures" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery

Past Talks:

April 8, 2015: "Medical Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia" by Meredith Barad, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Neurology & Neurological Sciences

February 18, 2015: "Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia using Radiosurgery" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery

October 8, 2014: "Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia with Medications" by Robert Cowan, MD, FAAN, Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

August 13, 2014: "The Seven Types of Facial Pain" by Steven D. Chang, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery

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

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

Next Date: 6/10

Stanford Cancer Center 

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

Sexual and Reproductive Health

New
Support Group
Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
caregiving

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 email IVFnurse@stanfordmed.org.

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

Dates and Times TBD

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
Suite 200

900 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »

Free Event

Support Group
Led by: Penny Donnelly, RN, LMFT
caregiving

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 email IVFnurse@stanfordmed.org.

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

Dates and Times TBD

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center
Suite 200
900 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Getting Here »

Free

Sleep

Support Group
caregiving

There will be no AWAKE at Stanford Meeting during the month of July, 2015. Join us again on August 5, 2015 for the first meeting of the 2015-2016 season when our guest speaker will be Katherine Kaplan, Ph.D.

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

First Wednesday of each month (except July)

Stanford Outpatient Center
2nd Floor Conference Room, Pavilion B

450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

Getting Here »

Free