Monthly Program Highlights

December 2017

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Trainer, Bryant Johnson – Fitness Demonstration, Q&A Session, and Book Signing
Sunday, December 17, Life with Cancer Family Center

Have you ever wondered what keeps Supreme Court Justice and octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg so strong and sprightly – especially after her cancer diagnoses? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, whom she’s called “the most important person in her life” (after her family). Come hear from Bryant Johnson about his new book, “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too!” The program includes a fitness demonstration, question & answer period, and book signing. Registration is required.


July 2017

Fighting Cancer With a Fork
Wednesday, July 12, Alexandria Hospital

Deb Rowland, RD, CSO, registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition will provide an overview of nutritional recommendations for cancer patients and survivors. Please register with Deb Rowland, RD, 703-504-7923.


Optimizing Nutrition During Treatment
Thursday, July 27, 10:30 am-12 pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

We’ll review nutritional priorities throughout the course of cancer treatment, as well as strategies to help overcome common treatment related side effects. Class includes a demo of preparation of 2 or 3 nutrient dense smoothie/shakes. Presented by Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC , registered dietitian and a certified specialist in oncology nutrition and nutrition support. Registration is required.


Healing Through Art Therapy
Thursday, July 20, 12:30-3pm, Life with Cancer Family Center
Monday, July 24, 1-3:30pm, Life with Cancer at Inova Fair Oaks Cancer Center

Registration opens July 3. 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. No art experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore and be part of a supportive, creative community. This group is for those currently in treatment, out of treatment within 2 years, caregivers and bereaved within 2 years. Registration is required. *Please note, # 3580, is across from the hospital; free valet parking. Once registered please call 703.698.2526 to cancel if you cannot attend. Facilitator: Jean McCaw, ATR-BC, LCPAT. Registration is required.


Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery for Patients and Caregivers
Thursday, July 20-August 24, 6-7:30pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

This is a six-week series in which you will learn practices that focus on the connection and integration of the mind and body to effect changes on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels for the purpose of promoting health and well-being. Requirements for registration: Attendance at the course overview meeting July 6th, 6-7 PM; purchase of the book Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery; regular attendance; commitment to assigned reading and home-based practice. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration is required.


August 2017

Weight Management During and After Treatment
Thursday, August 10, 10:30am-12pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

This class will discuss challenges with weight management during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment- as well as strategies to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Presented by Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC, registered dietitian and a certified specialist in oncology nutrition. Registration is required.


Myths and Facts about Cancer and Nutrition
Thursday, August 17, 10-11:30am, Life with Cancer Family Center

Carrie Friedman, RN, OCN and Gale Towery, RN, BSN, OCN, CBON will address the common misconceptions about nutrition and cancer. Please register.


Need Sleep?
Monday, August 21, 10:30am-12pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

Insomnia is identified as one of the primary concerns of patients with cancer and caregivers. Learn evidence based tools for betting back to sleep. Registration is required.


Fighting Cancer With a Fork
Wednesday,  August 9, 1-2pm, Alexandria Hospital

Deb Rowland, RD, CSO, registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition will provide an overview of nutritional recommendations for cancer patients and survivors. Please register with Deb Rowland, RD, 703-504-7923.


September 2017

Qigong Workshop
Monday, September 11, 2-4pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

Introduction to Qigong – an ancient Chinese practice combining movement, breath and focused intention. Often referred to as moving meditation, qigong practices are designed to enhance and balance our qi (vital energy), with the goal of attaining better physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. This workshop will focus on easy-to-learn and remember qigong forms to help reduce stress, increase vitality, and bring balance to our lives as we navigate our way in this wacky wonderful world. The class is suitable for beginners through advanced practitioners. Registration is required.


Mind Over Matter
Wednesday, September 20-Oct 18, 1-2:30pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

This 5-session, weekly, skill-based program teaches evidence-based tools for managing strong feelings and emotions that often accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Using cognitive, behavioral and relaxation strategies, each of these professionally facilitated sessions build on the previous one. Attendance at all sessions is required. Learn how a few basic skills can facilitate a greater sense of control, reduce anxiety, and promote healthier functioning. Facilitated by licensed oncology therapists, Rebecca McIntyre, MA, M.Ed., LCSW, OSW-C and Micheline Toussaint, LCSW, RYT. Space is limited and registration is required.


Ask the Expert: How Palliative Care Can Help You
Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

When facing a serious illness, we need relief from symptoms, a better understanding of our condition and choices for care. We need to improve our ability to tolerate medical treatments. And, we and our family need to be able to carry on with everyday life. This is what palliative care can do. Special guest speaker Jean-Paul Pinzon, MD, Inova Palliative Care will provide information on how palliative care can benefit patients who are newly diagnosed, in active treatment, or survivorship. Registration is required.


Strategies for Improving Brain Fog
Thursday, September 7-28, 10am-11:30pm, Life with Cancer Family Center

Understand the cognitive consequences of cancer treatment, the impact of co-existing factors and learn strategies to mitigate the impact that can accompany cognitive decline. Attendance at all four sessions is expected. Registration is required.

 

 

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