The following is an overview of some of the programs & support groups available at Life with Cancer. To register for one of our upcoming programs or support group sessions,
Support & Networking
- Breast Cancer Support & Networking: A monthly group for women with stage 0-3 breast cancer who are no more than 2 years out of active treatment, to learn, share and discuss how to best navigate survivorship.
- Young Women with Breast Cancer Support & Networking: A monthly group for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s with stage 0-3 breast cancer and are no more than two years out of active treatment. Meet in a supportive environment to gather information and learn how to best navigate survivorship.
- Coalesce: Advanced Breast Cancer Support & Networking: A weekly group for women of all ages with advanced breast cancer. Meet weekly in a closed support group to share life's joys and sorrows. Prior screening is required.
- Brain Tumor Support & Networking: A monthly group for adult patients and family members to share and learn ways to meet the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors.
- Carcinoid Cancer Support & Networking: A patient-led monthly meeting for individuals and family members to share experiences and learn from one another. For more information email Mitch.
- Caregiver Connection: A monthly meeting providing support to anyone dealing with the challenges of caring for a loved one with cancer. Learn coping strategies for caring for oneself while caring for your loved one.
- Cutaneous Lymphoma Support & Networking: A monthly meeting for individuals with all forms and stages of cutaneous lymphoma, and their support partners, to connect with and learn from others who share this disease.
- Gynecological Cancer Support & Networking: A monthly meeting for women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and any gynecological cancer to share experiences and learn from one another.
- Head and Neck Cancers Support & Networking: A monthly meeting for current and former head and neck cancer patients and their significant others to learn from and connect with one another.
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Support & Networking: A monthly meeting featuring speakers and topics of interest for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients and their loved ones.
- Living with Advanced Disease Support & Networking: Monthly and bimonthly meetings to explore and learn ways to learn to live with an advanced cancer and the many questions and life decisions that come along with the diagnosis.
- Lung Cancer: A monthly meeting for patients and loved ones to discuss the challenges of living with lung cancer and its treatment.
- Melanoma: A quarterly meeting featuring speakers and topics of interest to Melanoma patients, survivors and their loved ones.
- Colorectal Cancer: A quarterly meeting featuring speakers and topics of interest for patients, survivors and loved ones.
- Multiple Myeloma: A monthly meeting featuring speakers, topics of interest and group discussion for patients, survivors and loved ones.
- Prostate Cancer: A monthly "US TOO" meeting featuring special topics and group discussion for patients, survivors and loved ones.
- Spirituality Quest: A monthly meeting to explore our spiritual paths. Various non-religious topic will be open for discussed.
- Women's Survivorship Support & Networking: A monthly meeting using discussion, problem solving and other modalities to help you gain insight and move forward in your life after cancer.
- Young Adult Support & Networking: A monthly meeting to talk about things that no one else wants to talk about: dating, employment, fertility, and anything else that affects people in the 18-39 age range. This is not your grandmother's support group.
- Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Support & Networking: A quarterly meeting featuring speakers and topics of interest to Waldenstrom patients, survivors and loved ones. Co sponsored by the Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia Foundation.
Education & Information
- Look Good…Feel Better: A beauty professional will teach women in active treatment how to manage appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. Cosponsored with the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association and Personal Care Products Council.
- Mind over Matter: How to manage your anxiety and/or depression before it manages you: This 5-session skill based program teaches evidenced-based tools for managing strong feelings and emotions that often accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Learn how a few basic skills can facilitate a greater sense of control, reduce anxiety, and promote healthier functioning.
- Orientation to Life with Cancer: Take a tour of our Family Center and learn about our many free classes, groups and services for children and adults.
- Planning Ahead - The Final Checklist: This four-week series is for anyone, wherever you are on your cancer journey and includes such topics as; creating and crafting your legacy, ethical wills, palliative and hospice care, developing a road map to dealing with a life threatening disease, planning a service of remembrance, estate planning, advanced directives and other practical and legal issues.
- Feeling Irritable: This class will help participants understand and explore strategies to manage the strong emotions that can arise for patients/survivors and their loved ones during and after cancer treatment.
- Making Sense of Your Story: A monthly series that provides an opportunity for those who are out of treatment to explore the impact the cancer experience has had on their lives – through guided imagery, meditation, art therapy, psychodrama, yoga and journaling. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged. To register: call Micheline Toussaint at 703-698-2521 or Jean McCaw at 703-698-2537.
- Mind-Body Series: During this four-week series participants will learn about the stress response, breathwork, mindful eating and biofeedback, guided imagery, body scans, progressive muscle relaxation and more.
- Tools for Couples: Learn how you and your partner can navigate the life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis while maintain a strong relationship. Learn strategies for coping with the emotions that can interfere with your relationship--anger, mood swings, spouse fears, and depression, how to create a powerful team and avoid common conflict points.
- Healing through Art Therapy: Experience the power of your creativity through art therapy, relaxation and guided imagery. This group provides opportunities for reflection and personal growth while creating with a variety of art media and approaches. This group is for those currently in treatment, out of treatment within 2 years, caregivers and bereaved within 2 years. Artistic ability is NOT required.
- Meditation and Guided Imagery: Join in a relaxing exploration of the power and benefits of meditation. Each session begins with breath-work and a relaxation technique that leads into a guided meditation.
- Mindfulness: Caring for the Mind and Body: Blending meditation, breath work and deep relaxation, the practice of mindfulness can boost the immune system, increase positive emotions, reduce negative emotions and stress, and improve memory and attention skills.
- Reiki for Relaxation: A certified Reiki practitioner will help you experience the benefits of this ancient practice involving the positioning of hands along the body to direct energy, release tension and discomfort, and enhance well-being.
- Knitting and Crocheting Circle: Practice your craft in the company of others. Past, new, experienced and inexperienced participants are welcome to join us to work on your own project or one to donate. All supplies will be provided.
- Drumming for Well-being: Therapeutic drumming can promote wellness and self-expression. It can boost the immune system, induce relaxation, reduce stress and increase focus and a sense of well-being. No musical ability is necessary and all instruments are provided.
- Level I Exercise - Launching into Fitness: This four week class series will help to assess your fitness level, improve strength, flexibility and stamina. A note from your doctor is necessary if you've had surgery within the last 6 weeks. This class is a prerequisite for Level II-IV exercise classes.
- Level II Exercise - Chair-Based Exercise: This biweekly class will help to increase heart rate, range of motion, flexibility and tone and strengthen muscles.
- Level II Exercise - Keeping Fit: This weekly class offers a combination of standing and floor exercises.
- Level IV Exercise - Fitness Fusion:
This weekly class offers a sampling of more intensive exercise modalities including dance aerobics, interval, resistance and core training.
- Level I - Fitness for Wellness: This weekly class will help for those new to fitness or currently in treatment, gain strength, flexibility and stamina.
- Level II - Fitness for Wellness: This weekly class is for people who are not in active treatment to work on strengthening and endurance with a combination of standing and floor exercises.
- Stronger Body After Cancer: This class will help you build a stronger body with the use of bands, medicine balls, light weights and low impact body weight exercises. This class will help you build muscle, teach the proper way to exercise, and can be modified for all physical strengths and limitations. Equipment is provided.
- Functional Movement: Functional Movement is the process the body uses to accomplish everyday tasks. Using medicine balls, dumbbells, stability balls, and BOSUs, participants will challenge their movement system, increase functional capacity, and improve their activities of daily living.
- Gentle Yoga: Gentle Yoga uses conscious breathing and postures to promote body awareness and postural alignment which brings a deep sense of peace. Each class includes movements that stretch, strengthen and relax muscles. These movements improve flexibility of the spine and general range of movement. Joints are lubricated as bone density strengthens. Concentration is improved along with balance. The focused simple breathing techniques greatly improve lung function. These benefits are felt on every level, mind, body, and spirit.
- Restorative Yoga: This class uses bolsters, blocks, and blankets to support the body to allow participants to easily melt into a pose. Gentle stretches, breath work and guided meditation deepens ones practice.
- Zumba: Zumba combines slow and fast rhythms with resistance training, while toning the body and cardiovascular system. Adding some Latin flavor and enthusiasm to the mix, it can help to lift one's mood and improve one's general sense of well being.
- Yoga for Breast Cancer: This class series teaches yoga poses designed especially for Breast Cancer patients and survivors. Physician approval is required if you have had surgery within six weeks.
- Diet, Exercise and a Healthy You: Going through cancer treatments and getting back to "normal" can wreak havoc with one's appetite and activity level. A certified specialist in oncology nutrition and fitness expert will provide an overview of diet and physical activity recommendations for patients, survivors, and family members.
- Fighting Cancer with a Fork: A Registered Dietitian who is also a certified specialist in oncology nutrition will provide an overview of nutritional recommendations for cancer patients and survivors.
- Healthy Cooking: Join a Registered Dietitian and learn practical tools for nourishment with a focus on planning and preparing healthy foods, learning about eating in season and locally. This session will focus on integrating healthy foods into your diet to boost your health and immune system and will include a cooking demonstration and recipes.
Children, Teens, Parents
- Pediatric Oncology Parent Night: Healthcare professionals will present on a variety of topics of interest to parents of children with cancer.
“It has been a pleasure attending all of the many classes and seminars [Life with Cancer] has offered this past year. I have been enlightened in so many areas of health and well being. My knowledge has been expanded so I am able to take much better care of my mind and body. I am so thankful for all that you do and the tremendous support you have given me during my journey with cancer.”