Groups for Patients
This weekly group utilizes art making (drawing, painting, box making, collage, etc.) to explore, reveal and express the issues faced by individuals with cancer. The group is facilitated by a registered art therapist. No art experience or skill is required.
This is a weekly support group for patients with recurrent or metastatic disease. The group focuses on living with cancer and promotes mutual support, active coping, and improved quality of life.
The purpose of this bi-weekly education class is to assist women undergoing breast surgery at UCLA (lumpectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction) to prepare for their upcoming procedures. The class will present a step-by-step outline of what to expect upon admission through the post-operative period. Patient questions and concerns will be addressed in a supportive environment and participants will be provided with tools for better managing the medical, practical, and emotional aspects of their upcoming surgery.
Groups for Patients & Family Members
Cancer affects far more than the body. It can affect our sense of identity and our spirit, but what’s more, our deeper sense of what’s true and meaningful. We may start to question the sign posts that have led us this far or wonder why our prayers have not been answered. These are deep spiritual questions without easy answers. Please join our inter-faith Simms/Mann Chaplain, Michael Eselun, as we explore with each other in a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental space, the spiritual journey that cancer has carved out for us. Each month we will reflect on a different theme. Those with cancer and loved ones are welcome.
A secular practice that facilitates the mind/body connection by cultivating present moment awareness without judgment. It has been proven to enhance health and well-being with people experiencing stress, pain, anxiety, depression and/or illness. This supportive group is designed for individuals who have or have had cancer, with the aim of reducing cancer-related stresses while enhancing the quality of one’s life. Each session includes guided mindfulness meditation experiences, sharing and education.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese art for restoring health and prolonging life. Our QiGong classes are held weekly and led by a Chinese grand master to promote healing, health and fitness.
Groups for Family Members & Friends
This bereavement support group is for men and women who have experienced a recent loss of an adult family member to cancer. Emphasis is placed on working through grief and loss.
This is a twice-a-month group for men who live with women diagnosed with cancer. Participants learn ways of supporting their partners and also taking care of themselves as they deal with cancer together. This group is co-sponsored by the Alan and Nancy Baer Foundation.