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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

Finding Strength Together: A Special Series for People with Cancer and Their Loved Ones
Tuesdays in June, 6 - 8 pm (June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30)
Facilitator: Tina Fitts, MS, NCC
Doctoral Candidate
Barry University

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for your family members and friends as it is for you, possibly changing your relationships in unexpected ways. Participants in this program will learn and practice communication and problem-solving techniques that have proven effective for tackling the challenges that cancer can have on a relationship. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Loving Your Looks with Cancer
Wednesdays in June, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (June 3, 10, 17, and 24)
Facilitator: Whitney Hawkins, MS.Ed.
University of Miami
The female body can play a very significant role in a woman's identity. Often women are bombarded with unrealistic images of what their bodies should look like. Our bodies also play a realistic role in our daily life, our identity and how we relate to others. This group is designed to help women explore their self image and process body image concerns in relation to cancer. This seminar is open to women of all cancer diagnosis.
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Mindfulness Stress-Reduction
Thursdays, June 4 to July 9, 5 am - 6:30 pm
Facilitator: Maria Fernanda Garcia, BS, MS.Ed.
University of Miami
Mindfulness is a blend of meditation, body awareness and yoga. Through practice and study, you will learn how your body handles stress, how you can develop and enhance your ability to cope with it; and experience the powerful effect of being fully present in this moment. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating awareness of the unity of the body and mind, as well as the ways feeling, thoughts, and behaviors can undermine happiness. The program brings meditation and yoga together so that the virtues of both can be experienced to improve wellbeing. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Ask the Doctor: Melanoma and Related Skin Cancers
Thursday, June 4, 7 - 9 pm Program rescheduled for September. Date TBA.
Speaker: Keyvan Nouri, M.D.
Chief of Dermatology Services
Director of Mohs, Dermatologic & Laser Surgery
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Nouri for a presentation about melanoma and related skin cancers. The Sylvester multidisciplinary melanoma program is focused on delivering compassionate and state-of-art patient care, by incorporating the best from dermatology, surgical oncology - including Mohs surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and dermato-pathology. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Clinical Trials: Facts About their Important Role in Cancer Treatment
Monday, June 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Guest Speakers: Victor Guardiola, M.D.
Medical Director, Clinical Research and
Elizabeth Groh, NSN, RN
Director, Clinical Research
Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida

Clinical trials can offer significant treatment benefits so many cancer patients regardless of stage of disease. It is a myth that cancer research only applies to end-stage disease. These respected experts in the field of clinical research will help participants learn the facts and make the best treatment decisions about their cancer care. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Clinical Trials: An Important Option to Consider for ALL Cancer Patients plus Sarcoma Update
Thursday, July 16, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Sarcoma Medical Research
Program Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Center
Professor of Medicine
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Trent, an expert oncologist and researcher will share important facts about the role of clinical trials in cancer treatment. He will highlight some of the most important cancer research programs going on in south Florida and how they may be relevant to you. As a sarcoma expert, he will present an update on advances in that field in particular. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Lymphedema: Prevention and Treatment
Thursday, July 23, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Arlene Sotolongo, MSPT, CLT, CLTP.
On staff at Baptist Health Hospitals
Women who have been treated for breast cancer may be at risk for lymphedema in the arm, breast, and chest. This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of lymphedema including prevention, early detection and treatment. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Fertility Preservation and Cancer Treatment
Thursday, July 30, 6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: George Attia, M.D.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patients' fertility can be affected both during cancer treatment – when an unplanned pregnancy could be a serious problem – and later, if the cancer treatment causes infertility. For patients who want to have children, this can be devastating. Often, patients, especially teenagers, report that they were not aware of options for fertility preservation and that they may have missed opportunities to either prevent infertility or address fertility difficulties post-treatment. Dr. George Attia, Director of the UHealth Fertility Center will give us an overview of the options available and also answer your individual questions. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Reservations required. Please call 305-668-5900

The Nacron Family Cancer Survivorship Networking Group cordially presents the following educational program:

Cancer Transitions®: Moving Beyond Cancer Treatment
Wednesday, June 17, and July 15, 7 - 9 pm
Speaker: Peggy Rios, Ph.D.
Program Director
Cancer Support Community Greater Miami

Cancer Transitions® is an evidence-based program developed by the Cancer Support Community and the LIVESTRONG Foundation to support and empower survivors as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment. The multi-session program covers the benefits of exercise, nutrition, emotional support, and medical management - core issues for cancer survivors. Our research shows that both men and women who participate can experience:
• Less worry about the negative impacts of cancer
• Better physical and social functioning
• More commitment to physical activity
• Improvements in fat related dietary habits
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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. 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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