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Please call (831) 462-7770 to register or have your questions answered.

The Katz Cancer Resource Center Fireside Chats - Virtual-Live

Guest experts present information on topics surrounding cancer.
Location: Katz Cancer Resource Center
3150 Mission Drive, Santa Cruz 95065

  • Infection Precautions During Cancer Treatment
    • Denise Ricigliano, NP, Dominican Hospital
    • Wed 1/13, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Introduction to Meditation
    • Trish O’Conner, LCSW
    • Wed 2/10, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Gardening for Health
    • James Stafford Cook, Master Gardener, Dominican Hospital
    • Wed 4/14, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Oncologic Genetic Testing
    • Lisa Moss, MS, LCGC PAMF
    • Wed 6/9, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Oral Health Through Cancer Treatment
    • Sepideh Taghvaei DDS, Dientes
    • Thu 3/4, Noon–1 p.m.

Class Fee: No charge to participate.

Supportive Care Programs 

Chemo 101 / Radiation 101 English and Spanish - Virtual-Live or In-Person

A class to help cancer patients and families understand and manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Recommend taking this class before treatment begins. Individual meeting with an oncology certified nurse.

Individual meeting with an oncology certified nurse. Call (831) 462-7770 for appointment.

Survivorship Care Plan - Virtual-Live or In-Person

Survivorship Care plan is a comprehensive care summary and follow-up plan. It records treatment received and addresses post-treatment needs to improve health and quality of life. Location: Katz Cancer Resource Center. Individual meeting with an oncology certified nurse.

Individual meeting with an oncology certified nurse. Please call (831) 462-7770 for eligibility requirements. 

Look Good…Feel Better - Virtual-Live

A program to help women who are undergoing cancer treatment look their best. Licensed cosmetologists, teach women how to enhance their appearance. Learn how to choose a wig, tie scarves, and manage skin and nail changes. 

Location: Katz Cancer Resource Center 

Call (831) 462-7770 to register or go online at: lookgoodfeelbetter.org/workshop-registration/

Date: Mon 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14
10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Wig Bank - In-Person

Select a wig from our collection of many styles and colors, for women and men who are losing their hair due to cancer treatment. Hats and scarves are also available. 

Appointment required, call (831) 462-7770.

Eating Well Through Cancer Guidance for Patients & Families - Virtual

Learn ways to eat during cancer treatment that can help in the recovery process, how to establish nutritional goals, stay hydrated and cope with changes in appetite. 

Location: Katz Cancer Resource Center

Call (831) 462-7770 for appointment with an Oncology Dietitian.

Gentle Yoga Before, During and After Cancer Treatments Virtual-Live

Gentle stretching, yoga and relaxation to help ease discomfort and improve overall sense of well-being. Adaptable to all physical abilities. 

Instructor: Victoria McCharen 

Every Mon, Wed & Fri via Zoom. 
Time: 9:15-10:15am

Creative Expression Through Art - Virtual-Live

Making art to express one’s journey through cancer can be healing, inspiring and transforming. This class requires no art experience, just your willingness to participate. Materials and refreshments provided. 

Instructor: Heidi Brancatelli, LCSW

Wed 3/17, 5/19
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Katz Knitters - Virtual-Live

A knitting group for patients during and after cancer treatment. Drop-in support group.  

Call for more information at (831) 462-7770.

Parent Child Art Class

Pizza and art event for parents with cancer and their children (ages 4 yrs  and up).

Facilitators: Allison Brookes, LCSW and Heidi Brancatelli, LCSW

Call to register (831) 462-7770.

Sat 3/13; 5/15
11 a.m.–1 p.

Nutrition Workshop - Virtual-Live

Learn about the evidence–based nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention and survivorship in this 3 week course that will teach you how to put what you learn into action. 

To register call: (831) 462-7770, by April 12, 2021

Mon, 5/3, 5/10
Time: 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Groups 

Ongoing professionally facilitated support groups for people with cancer and/or support persons.

  • Cancer Support Group Virtual-Live
    Drop-in support group for cancer patients whose lives are challenged by cancer.
    Facilitator: Allison Brookes, LCSW
    First and third Tuesday of every month.
    Call for more information (831) 462-7770.

  • Advanced/Metastatic Cancer Support Virtual-Live 
    Drop-in support group for cancer patients whose lives are challenged by cancer.
    Facilitator: Allison Brookes, LCSW
    Second Monday of the month; 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Cancer Support for Young Adults Virtual-Live 
    For men and women 19–40 years old with a diagnosis of cancer.
    Call for more information (831) 462-7700.

  • Family & Friends Cancer Support Group Virtual-Live 
    Drop-in support group for families and friends of cancer patients.
    Facilitator: Nancy Samsel, LMFT
    Second and fourth Tue of every month. 
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group Virtual-Live 
    Drop-in support group.
    Facilitator: Nancy Samsel, LMFT
    Second and fourth Thu of every month
    7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Lymphedema Education & Support Group Virtual-Live 
    This educational and supportive group welcomes men and women with lymphedema and their friends and families.
    Facilitator: Dominican Hospital Certified Lymphedema Therapists
    Wed 3/10, 5/12
    6:00–8:00 p.m.

  • Prostate Cancer Support Group Virtual-Live 
    Drop-in support group for men and their partners dealing with the issues of prostate cancer. No registration required.
    Last Wed of every month.
    7:00-9:00 p.,m.

Las programas en Español - Debe registrar por teléfono: (831) 462-7870 

  • Quimoterapia 101/Radioterapia 101 - Virtual en vivo
    Una clase que ayuda a los pacientes y sus familias entender y manegar los effectos secundarios de la quimoterapia y radiacion. Recomendamos tomar este clase antes de comenzar su tratamiento.
    Llame (831) 462-7870 para una junta individual con la enfermera navegadora de oncologia.

  • Luzca Bien … Siéntase Mejor - Virtual en vivo
    Un programa que ayuda a las mujeres que están bajo el tratamiento del cáncer lucir mejor. Cosmetólogas ensenara a las mujeres como mejorar su apariencia, escoger una peluca, y manejar el cambio de la piel y unas durante el tratamiento del cáncer.
    Lunes, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10 y 6/14, 2021
    Debe registrar por teléfono: (831) 462-7870 

  • Grupo hispano de apoyo para el cancer/Hispanic Cancer Support Group 
    Virtual en vivo
    La familias son bienvenidas.
    Facilitators: Renee Aispuro Gonzales, RN, OCN
    Primer Jueves de cada mes. 2/ 4, 3/8, 5/6, 6/3
    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Debe registrar por teléfono: (831) 462-7870