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Patient and Family Events at Moores Cancer Center

Monthly Calendar

See the monthly calendar for all patient and family events and to verify event dates.

Upcoming Special Events

Groups, Classes, and Workshops

Click the tabs below to see listings for each type of group, class, or workshop. Support groups, classes, and workshops are open to the community and may or may not have a fee.

General Cancer Support Group

Date: First and third Tuesday of the month (see the monthly calendar to verify)
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Meditation Room, first floor 
Facilitator: Lori Montross Thomas, PhD
Contact: 858-822-5381

This support group is for patients with all types of cancer. Topics vary each week.

Cancer Caregiver Education and Support Group

Date: First and third Tuesday of the month (see the monthly calendar to verify)
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 3079, third floor 
Facilitator: Veronica Cardenas, PhD
Contact: 858-822-5381

Come together for conversation. Take a break and join others to develop connections with other caregivers and share helpful advice and tips. Topics vary each week.

Grupo Esperanza: Spanish-Speaking Patient Support

Fecha:Segundo Miércoles de cada mes
Tiempo: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Registro: Preferido. Por favor llame 858-822-6201.
Ubicación: Moores Cancer Center, Cuarto 3079, 3er Piso
Facilitadora: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW 

Todas las pláticas son en español. También ofrecemos sesiones de relajación y ocasionalmente le asistimos a expresar por escrito temas de interés.

Date:
Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 3079 , third floor
Facilitators: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW
Contact: 858-822-6201

Grupo Esperanza ("Hope Group") is a monthly support group for Spanish-speaking, male or female patients with any type of cancer. It is open to the community. The group begins with a guided imagery relaxation exercise, followed by introductions and open discussion and/or a writing exercise.

Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support

Date: Fourth Wednesday of every month (no group in August, and moves to third Wednesday in November and December)
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 pm
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 2007, second floor
Facilitator: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW, OSW-C
Contact: 858-822-6201

For women with breast cancer. Each month an expert presents information on topics relevant to or selected by women with breast cancer. Before the presentation, participants share concerns, feelings, information, inspiration and hope.

CLL Education and Support

Date: First Wednesday of every month
Time: 4–5 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 3106
Facilitator: Sheila Hoff, RN (nurse for Dr. Thomas Kipps)
Contact: Sheila Hoff, 858-822-5360

A monthly educational seminar and support group for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Join us to hear from a CLL expert, and share and gain support from other CLL patients. During this seminar you'll:

  • Learn the latest information about CLL research and treatments
  • Discover ways to manage the challenges of cancer
  • Improve your communication skills and relationships
  • Gain strength by connecting with others.
  • Improve the quality of your life

Insomnia Treatment Group

Next Course: Check monthly calendar. (Participants must register for and try to attend all five sessions; this is not a drop-in group.)
Dates and Times: Mondays, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 2250, second floor
Facilitator: Lavinia Fiorentino, PhD

Description: This group is led by a clinical psychologist who specializes in non-medication treatment for sleep issues. It may be appropriate if you have any of these issues: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; waking up in the mornings not feeling refreshed; poor sleep impacting how you feel and function during the day; want to avoid or minimize medication for sleep. Registration is required. (Download a PDF flier.)

Cost: Insurance or cash pay, but lack of insurance coverage or ability to pay will not be barriers to participation.
Registration and Information: 858-246-0223

Journey Through Grief Group

Next Course: Check monthly calendar. (Participants must commit to try to attend all sessions; this is not a drop-in group.)
Dates and Times: Thursdays, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Facilitator: Emily Meier, PhD

Description: Please join us for a 6-week grief therapy group designed specifically for individuals who have been impacted by the death of a loved one. Participants will explore their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, and develop specific skills for coping with grief, within a trusting and nurturing environment.

Cost: Insurance or cash pay, but lack of insurance coverage or ability to pay will not be barriers to participation.
Registration and Information: 858-822-5381

Yoga for Wellness

Date: Every Monday
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Location: Moores Cancer Center, foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, second floor
Call: 858-531-7234

Drop-in "gentle yoga" class for cancer patients, survivors, and family members. This adaptive yoga class is modified to each participant's ability and appropriate for beginners. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat if you are able to use one. 

Expressive Arts Workshop

Next Series: Check monthly calendar.
Dates and Time: Mondays, 4– 6 p.m.
Facilitator: Alessandra Colfi, PhD
Registration: Required. Contact Alessandra Colfi, 858-735-5708 or email

Create an expression of your cancer experience using a variety of artistic media. It is free for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, but registration is required. The sessions focus on self-exploration and self-expression in a safe and non-judgmental, communal environment

For questions or to register, contact Alessandra Colfi at 858-735-5708 or by email. (Download a PDF flier.)

Writing Through Cancer

Next Course: 10-week series begins occasionally. Check monthly calendar for next dates.
Dates and Times: Fridays, 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sharon Bray, Ed.D
Registration: 858-246-0223

An expressive writing program for people living with cancer. Join us to write together in a safe and supportive community of other cancer patients and survivors. We meet each week to explore and share our stories of the cancer experience. But why write? Research shows it’s good for you — it improves coping ability, helps you make sense of complex emotions, gain perspective and overcome the sense of isolation that sometimes accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

The course is led by Sharon Bray, Ed.D, author of When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer and the blog http://writingthroughcancer.com.

Gentle Zumba for Cancer Recovery & Prevention

Dates and Times: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, second floor
Facilitator: Alessandra Colfi, PhD, ZIN®
Call: 858-735-5708 or Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com

Easy, playful, good for body-mind-spirit class for patients and caregivers, adapted to each participant's abilities and limitations. Wear socks, sneakers & bring your water. Drop-ins welcome. Check the monthly calendar in case there is any change.

Tai Chi

Dates and Times: Mondays, 9 – 10 a.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, second floor
Facilitator: Dan Halpain
Call: 858-866-6200

Chemo-Immunotherapy Class

Recommended for patients who are receiving or will receive chemotherapy or immunotherapy.
Date
: Occurs twice a month, usually on Tuesdays (see the monthly calendar for specific dates)
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Comer Commons (second floor)
Registration: Not required
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Preparing for Radiation Therapy

Date: Meets weekly, usually Wednesdays (see the monthly calendar to verify)
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 1411 (Radiation Oncology conference room)
Registration: Book at radiation oncology front desk or call 858-822-6040

Allogeneic BMT Patient and Caregiver Class

Date: Meets monthly, usually on a Monday (see the monthly calendar to verify this month's date)
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Comer Commons
Registration: 858-822-6600

Autologous BMT Patient and Caregiver Class

Date: Meets monthly, usually on a Monday (see the monthly calendar to verify this month's date)
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Comer Commons
Registration: 858-822-6600

Healthy Eating Program

See the Healthy Eating Program or the monthly calendar for a schedule of food demonstration classes and nutrition seminars.

The events above are sponsored by and located at Moores Cancer Center. See Other Resources for groups sponsored by UC San Diego or local or national organizations.

Tour: Behind the Scenes at Moores Cancer Center

Dates: Check the monthly calendar.

Where: Meet in the main lobby at the foot of the stairs

Explore Moores Cancer Center on a 45-minute tour designed to help patients and their families better navigate our facilities and services. Learn interesting facts about the healing design of our building, too.

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