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Patient and Family Events at Moores Cancer Center

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

Groups, classes and workshops are listed below. (Click the tabs below to see listings.) Support groups, classes, and workshops are open to the community. Most are free, but some may 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 3106, 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.

Kids Konnected Education and Support Group

Date: Fourth Monday of the month (see the monthly calendar to verify)
Time: 5:30–6:45 (kids); 7–8:15 p.m. (teens)
Location: Meet in the lobby of Moores Cancer Center
Facilitator: Kiefer Rich, LMFT
Registration: Not required

Support, education, community and understanding for children who have a parent with cancer or whose parent has died from cancer.

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: Sara Fainstein

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: Sara Fainstein
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: Third Wednesday of every month (no group in August or December)
Time: 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, Room 2250, second floor
Facilitator: Laurie Knight, BS, MSW, LCSW
Contact: 858-657-8784 (if you plan to attend, please call and leave your name and phone number)

Support for women facing the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis. 

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

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.)

Gentle Zumba for Cancer Recovery & Prevention

Dates and Times: Most 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: Most Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Moores Cancer Center, foyer of Goldberg Auditorium, second floor
Facilitator: Dan Halpain
Call: 858-866-6200 (call to confirm class is being held)

Chemo-Immunotherapy Class

Recommended for patients who are receiving or will receive chemotherapy or immunotherapy.
Date
: Occurs twice a month (see the monthly calendar for specific dates)
Time: Usually 4 – 5 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: Required; call 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: Required; call 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 Patient & Family Resource Center on the first floor. 

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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