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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

Creative Corner: What Brings Joy to Your Life
Wednesday, December 10, 4:30 - 6 pm
Facilitator: Lilysbel Rodriguez
Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy Intern
Barry University

Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Although we can find joy in our happy experiences and in our relationships with others, joy is a spiritual power that lives within us. Studies have suggested that joy, as well as happiness and laughter promote a healthier lifestyle. For this program we will focus on the things that bring fulfillment, enjoyment and wholeness to our lives. Patient/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!



Music Therapy: Improving Cancer Skills in Cancer Survivors
Thursday, December 18, 1 - 2 pm
Speaker: Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapist
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Music therapy supports cancer patients through treatment to improve both emotional and physical well-being. It may accompany medical treatment to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhance memory, help patients communicate and express feeling, and even promote physical rehabilitation. Music Therapist Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe, will present on the science behind music therapy and describe how cancer survivors can incorporate this helpful intervention into their program of self-care and recovery. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome. Simultaneous language interpreting to Spanish with advanced request.

Generously sponsored by:
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Spirituality and Living with Cancer: The Power of Gratitude
Friday, December 19, 12:30 - 3 pm
Speaker: Rev. Guillermo Escalona, M.Div, BCC, CT
Director of Pastoral Education
Baptist Health South Florida

Rev. Escalona will facilitate a panel discussion about gratitude as spiritual practice. It has been said that experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with the soul. Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves humans from limitation and fear to expansion and love. During this program a panel of survivors and spiritual leaders will explore how one can nurture gratitude in everyday living even at times of great challenge.

Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Creative Corner: Letting Go of Things That Don't Fit
Wednesday, January 7, 4:30 - 6 pm
Facilitator: Lilysbel Rodriguez
Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy Intern
Barry University

Letting go does not mean to forget, lose, or give up, but to overcome, leave behind and move forward. Every moment is a chance to gain insight of the things that don't work for us, detach from them and feel peaceful. For this program we will learn simple practical tools that can facilitate the process of letting go. Patient/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!



Cancer to Health
Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10 am - 12 pm
Facilitator: Peggy Rios, Ph.D.
Program Director, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami
From Cancer to Health (C2H) is an empirically supported biobehavioral intervention that educates patients about strategies for coping with cancer stress. Expert panels of health psychologists at The Ohio State University developed this manualized intervention specifically with the needs of adult cancer patients in mind using cognitive and behavioral therapeutic techniques. Our C2H would include eight 2-hour long weekly sessions and four 2-hour long maintenance monthly sessions. Initial Interview required. Call Dr. Rios at 305-668-5900, ext. 225.



Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer: Building a Survivorship Plan
Thursday, January 22, 7 - 9 pm
Speakers: Gladys L. Giron, M.D., F.A.C.S
Associate Medical Director and
Dora Escobedo, BSN, MSN, ARNP
Certified Nurse Navigator
Baptist Breast Health Center, Baptist Health Hospitals

Join our expert speakers as they explain the value of having a comprehensive survivorship plan, that should be individualized for each patient. After a patient has completed all treatments, a long term care plan needs to be developed to check for any long-term side effects from treatments, as well as for cancer surveillance and over all health and wellness. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome.

Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Clinical Trials: An Important Option to Consider for All Cancer Patients
Thursday, January 29, 7 - 9 pm
Speaker: Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Sarcoma Medical Research Program
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Clinical trials can offer significant treatment benefits to many cancer patients, regardless of disease stage. It is a myth that clinical research only applies to end-stage disease! Dr. Trent is an expert in both cancer treatment and research, and he will share important facts to consider about clinical trials, so patients can work with their team and make the best treatment decisions about their cancer care. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome.
Simultaneous language interpreting to Spanish with advanced request.

Generously sponsored by:
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center


Reservations required. Please call 305-668-5900

The Nacron Family Cancer Survivorship Networking Group cordially presents:

Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery
Wednesday, January 21, 7 - 9 pm
Facilitators: Whitney Hawkins
M.Ed. Candidate, University of Miami and
Peggy Rios, Ph.D.
Program Director, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami
Reclaim your life and joy after cancer diagnosis by implementing an empirically proven program of mindfulness training. This program is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a therapeutic combination of mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga now offered to cancer survivors and their loved ones in hundreds of medical center, hospitals, and clinics worldwide. Invite a fellow cancer survivor or caregiver!
Alper JCC

Site: The Dave and Mary Alper JCC
Futernick Family Art Gallery
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.
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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. 230

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. 230

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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