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Our Educational Workshops offer the opportunity to learn about cancer treatments, nutrition, the therapeutic relationship between the mind and body, and relaxation techniques with professionals specialized in these different fields.

Prior reservation is required to attend these workshops by calling 305-668-5900
or sending an email to

Advances in Personalizing the Treatment of Primary and Metastatic Brain Cancer
Monday, December 7, 6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: Michael E. Ivan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Ivan will discuss the latest clinical, translational and basic science advances in primary and metastatic brain tumor treatment. He will present ongoing research with minimally invasive brain tumor management with state of the art treatments, including laser interstitial thermal therapy and fluorescence guided surgery. Dr. Ivan heads a brain tumor laboratory at UM that investigates new potential treatments for controlling tumor invasion. He will explain the benefits of developing a personalized method to treating brain tumors and the value of instituting a true “bench-to-beside” research plan. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and ask questions. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
Click here for a flyer about this event.

Generously sponsored by:
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Treatments and Side Effects
Thursday, December 10, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Kristina Angel, RN, BSN
Oncology Nurse
Miami Cancer Institute

Discuss strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection and pain. Learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize quality of life during and after cancer treatment. Patients/survivors and loved ones are welcome!
Simultaneous language interpreting to Spanish with advanced request.
Click here for a flyer about this event.

Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Healing Through Art
Tuesday, January 5th, 12th, 19th 26th, 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Facilitator: Odelya Kadosh, M.A.
Mental Health Counseling, MS.Ed. Candidate, UM
Research has indicated that creative art therapies can have significant positive effects on individuals affected by cancer. It can help reduce feelings of sadness and worry. This class is designed to be an interactive experience where participants can process an array of emotions through the use of art. Patients/Survivors are welcome!
Click here for a flyer about this event.



Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery
Friday, January 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th, 1 – 2:30 pm
Facilitator: Daniela De Medeiros, MS.Ed., MS.
Doctoral Candidate, Carlos Albizu University
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for taming the mind and enriching your quality of life. Mindfulness practices may enhance your immune system’s performance, and help reduce harmful levels of stress hormones in your body. We will explore the value of mindfulness in coping with specific cancer-related issues such as sleep problems, pain, fatigue, stress symptoms, anxiety and worry about the future. Patients/Survivors are welcome!
Click here for a flyer about this event.



Ask the Expert About The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Update
Monday, January 11, 6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: Steven Fein, M.D.
Hematology Oncologist
Miami Cancer Institute

Our Leukemia and Lymphoma Networking Group invites you to join Dr. Fein for a discussion of the latest findings in the field of hematology oncology as reported by ASH. Dr. Fein will also talk about the implications of these finding for the treatment of all blood cancers. Patients/survivors and loved ones are welcome!
Click here for a flyer about this event.

Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Neurologic Implications of Cancer Treatment
Monday, January 25, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Deborah O. Heros, M.D.
UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Heros will discuss the neurological implications of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, and will explain what can be done to ameliorate or prevent some symptoms, and how to adjust to those that may be more long lasting. She will make special emphasis on chemo brain and neuropathy. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!

Generously sponsored by:
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Reservations required. Please call 305-668-5900


How to Live on Purpose with Passion and Pleasure
Wednesday, December 16, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Michelle Alva, PT
Licensed Physical Therapist and Professional Speaker
Releasing and Processing Pain & Stress - Michelle will guide you through an intuitively directed process that will empower and educate you on how to self-heal, connect to your intuition, soul-guidance, and natural vitality. Individuals can learn highly effective life-enhancing techniques to easily and effectively release emotional and physical stress, trauma, anxiety, pain, and tension so that they may all co-create a more loving and peaceful inner and outer world. Invite a friend or fellow survivor.
Click here for a flyer about this event.

Reflexology as a Complementary Therapy in Oncology
Wednesday, January 20, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Veronica Chao, LMT
Your Wellness Time, Founder
Ms. Chao will present on the role of reflexology in the care of cancer patients. She will help you understand more clearly what reflexology is, what the myths and the facts are about reflexology and, most importantly, how you can use this practice to benefit your process of recovery. You will have the opportunity to observe a demonstration of a reflexology session and also learn easy self-help techniques you can use every day. Invite a friend or fellow survivor.
Click here for a flyer about this event.
Alper JCC

Site: The Dave and Mary Alper JCC
Building 4 , Cultural Arts Center
11155 SW 112 Avenue
Miami, FL 33176


The Haitian Cancer Support Program
At CSCGM we are committed to providing support services to everyone affected by cancer. The Haitian Cancer Support Program is a program designed to better address the needs of cancer survivors in the Haitian community. We now offer education, support, and healthy living groups in Creole. Meetings are held in select locations. For more information, please call Pascale Denis Denizè at 305-668-5900, Ext 221.
konsa pèsonn pa pou kont li lè li gen kansè.

Generously sponsored by:
Sharp General Contractors


Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster
Through a generous grant from Komen for the Cure the Cancer Support Community is offering this FREE workshop for low-income or uninsured breast cancer patients. During a 90-minute session, participants doing this workshop will learn relaxation techniques along with visualization exercises and behavioral changes to help reduce stress before breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, breast reconstruction or other breast cancer related medical intervention. These techniques have been found to not only reduce anxiety but also post-operative pain and are used at major medical centers throughout United States. Sessions are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in Spanish or in English. Reservations required. Please call Isabel Trabanco, LCSW, at 305-668-5900, Ext. 232

Return to Wellness
A rehabilitation program for low-income/uninsured women diagnosed with breast cancer. It consists of a three-part series of education, exercise, and support programs aimed at helping low-income women with a diagnosis of breast cancer deal with the emotional and social concerns that accompany a diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
For more information and current schedules, please call Isabel Trabanco, LCSW, 305-668-5900, Ext. 232

Site: Jackson Memorial Hospital
Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 N.W. 12 Ave Miami, FL 33136
Room 4004-A


Komen Return to Wellness

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