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SUPPORT SERVICES
These groups are intended to provide support by meeting others who have been impacted by cancer. In these groups you can expect to explore new ways of dealing with the stresses of cancer and ways to become an empowered advocate for yourself. Our support groups are all facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.
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Weekly Participant and Family Support Groups

Day and Evening Options Available

These professionally-facilitated weekly support groups are for people with cancer and a separate group for family, friends and caregivers. Explore new ways of dealing with the stresses of cancer and learn techniques to become partners with your healthcare team. A brief interview is required to determine appropriate group placement. Please call (602) 712-1006.

Cancer Specific Learn & Support Groups

Various Times and Dates

These professionally-facilitated monthly support groups are for those diagnosed with a specific cancer to find support and learn from one another. Discuss aspects of living with cancer, treatment options, side effect management and survivorship. Open to family and friends. Current Learn & Support Groups include: Breast, Carcinoid, Lung, Multiple Myeloma, Ovarian, and Pancreatic.

Breast: June 17, 10:00-11:30 am

Carcinoid: July 8, August 12, and September 10, 12:30-2:30 pm

Lung: July 8, August 12, and September 10, 12:30-2:00 pm

Multiple Myeloma: July 6, August 3, and September 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ovarian: June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 16, 10:00-11:30 am

Pancreatic: July 8, August 12, and September 10, 10:00-11:30 am

Living With Cancer Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, 10:00 – 11:30 am

July 25, August 8, 22, and September 12, 26

This support group is designed for those who are living long-term with a cancer diagnosis or those whose cancer is likely to recur.  Find strength and guidance from others who are facing cancer as a chronic disease.

 

Surviving and Thriving

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every Month, 1:00-2:30 pm

 

June 13, 27

A support group for those who are more than 18 months’ post cancer treatment who are looking to support one another as you move into a new phase after a cancer diagnosis.

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Let’s Talk – Breast Cancer Learn & Support Group

3rd Saturday of every Month, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Join us each month as we tackle a topic related to breast cancer in this professionally facilitated support group. Meet others who are experiencing similar situations and share tips to support each other. Topics are:

June – Lymphedema

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Cancer Support Group at Benevilla

At Benevilla Sun City West Location – 13576 West Camino Del Sol, #22, Sun City West, AZ 85378

July 10, August 7, and September 11, 9:30 – 11:00 am

This professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.

Cancer Support Group at Sun Health

At Sun Health Grandview Terrace Rehabilitation Center – 14505 West Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375

3rd Tuesday of the Month

June 20, 9:30 – 11:00 am

This professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.

Register by calling (602) 712 – 1006

 

Cancer Support Group at The Colonnade

At The Colonnade Trevi Room – 19116 North Colonnade Way, Surprise, AZ 85374

3rd Friday of the Month

July 21, August 18, and September 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.  Open to those diagnosed, as well as family and friends.

 

Family Connect
3rd Thursday of every month, June 15; 6:00 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

A support program for families who are experiencing cancer with children ages 5-18. Dinner provided together from 6-6:30, then split into separate professionally facilitated support groups for parents, teens 13-18, and kids 5-12.

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Return to Wellness
Thursdays

 

 

August 24, 31, and September 7, 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

This four-part series focuses on helping you return to wellness after a cancer diagnosis to transition from treatment to leading a healthy lifestyle. Learn about goal setting, survivorship care planning, reducing your stress and moving forward after cancer. Each week will include information sharing and support with others on a similar journey.

Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer Meeting

3rd Sunday of each month

 

July 16, August 20, and September 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Get reliable information and support for black breast cancer survivors. Open to those diagnosed as well as their family and friends. The CBBC was founded by a Mayo Clinic physician and Administrator.

Call 602-920-1808 or email

 

 

EDUCATION
Our educational workshops and lectures are designed to help you understand how to manage cancer and its treatment. Experts from various disciplines provide the most updated information regarding cancer care. Become a more informed and active member of your treatment team.
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Planning Your Future: Ask the Experts

Wednesday, July 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

A panel of experts discuss ways to prepare for your future. Topics include Life Insurance – Michael Norton, Financial and Estate Planning – Martin Williams, Living Wills and Advance Directives – Yvette Ashworth. Participants will have an opportunity to consult individually with an expert of their choice.

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How to Use Essential Oils

Thursday, August 10, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Sarah Ontiveros Sullivan will provide information on the therapeutic effects of pure essential oils and how oils are supportive emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually for overall wellness.

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Genetics and Cancer

Thursday, August 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Rebecca Luiten, MS, CGC and Jennifer Siettman, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselors, discuss their role in cancer and what happens during a genetic counseling session. Learn why you might consult with a genetics counselor and who should do so.

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Social Security Disability Income

Thursday, September 7, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Nick Wearne, Attorney, from Snow, Carpio & Weekley, shares how Social Security benefits can help you when disability keeps you from working at your professional potential. He will provide vital information on how to navigate the system to start receiving benefits.

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Navigating the Grocery Store

Thursday, September 14, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Ellen Ostrand, RD, CSO, Clinical Dietician, learn how to navigate the grocery store to help you make healthy food choices. During this presentation, you will learn how to read food labels and avoid food traps as well as how the changing food supply is manipulating our taste buds and flavor expectations.

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Living Room Chat for Prostate Cancer

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Shyamal Patel, MD, Radiation Oncologist will be available for an informal question and answer session on prostate cancer. All prostate cancer related questions are welcome.

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Living Room Chat for Breast Cancer

Saturday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Donald W. Northfelt, MD, Mayo Clinic Physician will be available for an informal question and answer session on breast cancer. All breast cancer related questions are welcome.

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Wellness Retreat

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us for an experiential day focused on survivorship, health and wellbeing. Each session will encourage activity, discussion, and techniques as you build skills and ideas for successful survivorship. Open to those diagnosed and caregivers.

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ARIZONA ONCOLOGY PARTNERED EDUCATION

ARIZONA ONCOLOGY PARTNERED EDUCATION

Each month, CSCAS and AZ Oncology have partnered to provide education on a variety of topics throughout the year. Refreshments provided.

Prostate Cancer Update

At Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital

Tuesday, August 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Daniel Gilbert, DO, Urologist will share insight on the latest updates for prostate cancer treatment, tips on managing side effects including incontinence and erectile dysfunction, and discuss the horizon for long term survivors.

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Navigating a Lung Cancer Diagnosis:  Mapping your Personal Journey

At Virginia Piper Cancer Center

Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm  DINNER IS INCLUDED

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Ovarian Cancer Update

At Arizona Oncology East Valley Cancer Center

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Dana M. Chase, MD, FACOG, Gynecologic Oncologist, will discuss the newest treatments for ovarian cancer and cover clinical trials. She will also discuss how to manage various side effects associated with treatment.

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Update on Blood Cancers

At Arizona Oncology East Valley Cancer Center

Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Kasra Karamalou, MD, Director of Clinical Research, shares an update on leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Learn about the latest in treatment options, clinical research and managing your diagnosis long term.

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BANNER - UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PHOENIX PARTNERED LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES

BANNER – UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PHOENIX PARTNERED LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES

Each month we invite you to join us and learn about a topic related to cancer care and survivorship. Experts from Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix will share insights, treatment options, management of side effects and tools to improve outcomes. Lunch is provided, advanced registration is preferred.

August 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Immuno-Oncology Research:  Translating Cellular Pathways into Clinical Practice.

  • Featuring Zana Niles, MS, RN, Immuno-Oncology Clinical Liaison
  • Located in Sandstone Conference Room, first floor
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September 12, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Prostate Cancer

  • Featuring Scott Kalinowski, MD, Urologist and Christine Smith, NP, Nurse Practitioner
  • Located in Sandstone Conference Room, first floor
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WEST VALLEY EDUCATION

WEST VALLEY EDUCATION

Supplements and Cancer Care

At PORA – 13815 West Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, AZ 85375

Thursday, August 17, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Heather Paulson, ND, Naturopathic Oncologist, will discuss what you need to know about supplements during and after cancer treatment to make the best decision for you. Learn what to watch out for, risks for interactions, and how to get nutrients from food sources.

To register for this program, please call Sun Health at (623) 207-1703

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
Programs designed to help you become more engaged in mind-body stress reduction, exercise, nutrition, and health maintenance. These groups involve active participation as you learn skills along your cancer journey.
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Healthy Meal Preparation for Cancer

At Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, Betty’s Kitchen – 14719 West Grand Avenue , Surprise, AZ 85374

Fridays, June 16, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, and September 1, 15, 10:00-11:00 am

Learn how to create easy and affordable dishes packed with antioxidants and flavor while staying on a budget. Recipes and menu tasting included. Open to cancer survivors, family and friends.

To register for this program, please call Sun Health at (623) 207-1703

 

 

Cooking for Health at Banner

 

At Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, 1111 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix

Mondays, June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Use elevators off Main Entrance.

Learn how to build in more fruits and vegetables for your best possible health during and after cancer treatment. Create easy and affordable dishes packed with antioxidants and flavor while staying on a budget. Open to cancer survivors, family and friends. Recipes and menu tasting included.

  • July: Souper Summer Soups
  • August: Pack It Up! Ways to Pack a Great Lunch
  • September: Make Once, Eat Twice
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Flash Forward to Fabulous Fall Meals

Thursdays, August 31, September 14 and 28, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This cooking series instructed by Brittany Zaharopoulos, RD will teach you how to put together healthy favorites and use fall flavors to expand your options. Get ready to learn some new skills and put science into practice. Includes recipes and food samples.

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Tibetan Singing Bowls

1st Thursday of the Month, July 6, August 3, and September 7, 1:30-2:30 pm

Learn about the history and uses of this simple, yet profound ancient healing practice. Experience the vibration of the bowls to calm the mind, relax the body, and renew the spirit. This class includes demonstration and group participation. Presented by Jane Shallberg, MEd, MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist.

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Peaceful Breath and Relaxation

Tuesdays, June 27, July 25, August 25, and September 22, 11:45 am-12:45 pm

This group focuses on breathing exercises and guided meditations designed to relax and restore the mind.

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Drumming from the Heart

At Via Linda Senior Center -10440 East Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

2nd Mondays of the Month

June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11, 6:00-7:30 pm

Drumming from the Heart sessions provide a rhythmical and focused space for you to de-stress your mind, body and spirit by using music and guided voice. Led by REMO certified instructor Frank Thompson and psychologist Dr. David Engstrom.

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Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

This class is designed to focus on breath work and gentle movement. Learn relaxing postures and modified moves at a slow pace. This class is great for those who are new to yoga as well as those who have restrictions due to treatment.

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Tai Chi

Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Jake Zinn, Certified Tai Chi Instructor teaches gentle movements combined with meditation meant to improve strength, balance and concentration

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Strength and Balance Class

Every Wednesday, 11:00am – 12:00 pm, Starting January 11

Learn simple strength and balance exercises with appropriate modifications for anyone at any level in this class.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu®

Tuesdays, July 11, August 8, and September 12, 11:45 am-12:45 pm

Originating from Japan, Jin Shin Jyutsu® is the ancient art of harmonizing the body’s energetic system. Learn the practice of light touch to help open these blocked pathways and restore the body’s energy to a more harmonious state.

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Gentle Yoga at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix

At Banner –  University Medical Center Phoenix
Sandstone Conference Room South, First Floor

Fridays, July 14 and 28, August 4 and 18, September 8 and 22, 10:00 – 11:00pm

This class is designed to focus on breath work and gentle movement. Learn relaxing postures and modified moves at a slow pace. This class is great for those who are new to yoga as well as those who have restrictions due to treatment. Seated options available.

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LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA

At Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, 350 North 1st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am from September 11 – November 29

Adult cancer survivors are invited to join this 12-week program to improve quality of life by increasing energy levels and self-esteem, building muscle mass and strength, and increasing flexibility and endurance. Develop an ongoing fitness plan to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle. Participants will receive a free Y membership for the duration of the program along with free parking. Medical clearance from physician is required before start of program.

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Look Good, Feel Better

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 12:00pm

For women undergoing treatment, a professional cosmetologist assists participants with make-up application and how to wear scarves and wigs. A collaborative effort between American Cancer Society, Personal Care Product Counsel Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association.

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SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
These activities are to help reduce social isolation through interaction, play and humor.
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Bunco

1st Tuesday of every month (except July)  August 1, September 5, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

 

This fun game is played in teams with dice. No previous experience needed just come have fun. Bring a friend!

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Survivor Connection

2nd and 4th  Tuesdays of every month, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

 

A time to connect and create new friendships with others who are post cancer treatment.

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Bingo

1st Friday of every month, July 7, August 4, September 1, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Grab your dauber, your lucky charm and come on down to play some Bingo! Potluck style so bring your favorite dish to share.

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Walking Club

At Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall (Location change)

Fridays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Get up and get moving! All paces welcome. Please meet next to Paradise Bakery.

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Book Club

3rd Tuesday of every month, July 18, August 15, September 19, 12:00-1:30 pm

Bring a sack lunch and discuss our book of the month.

July – “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith

August – “At The Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier

September – “The Perfect Horse” by Elizabeth Letts

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Young Professional Group for Ages 25-40

Young Professional Group for Ages 25-40

 

 

This new group is open to anyone ages 25-40 to network with other individuals who are impacted by or interested in learning more about cancer.

  • Young Professional: Dave and Busters

Tempe Marketplace (2000 East Rio Salido Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281)

Saturday, August 12, 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for morning of fun and bowling. (Food and games on your own).

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  • Young Professional: Bonus Round

24 West Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Saturday, September 23, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of arcade and board games ( Food on your own).

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  • Young Professional: Happy Hour Mixers

Tuesdays, July and August , 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location TBD – Call us for details

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Community Coloring Club

3rd Wednesday of every month, July 19, August 16, and September 20, 1:30-3:00 pm

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun and coloring. Please bring your own coloring book and pencils.

Just For Men: Diner Talk

At First Watch, Park Central (Location Change) 3110 North Central Ave., Phoenix

 

3rd Friday of every month, July 21, August 18, and September 15, 10:00-11:30 am

Come and enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast (breakfast is on your own) and some good conversation with other men in the community

Holiday Card Making

Thursday, August 24, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

It’s the holidays in August!  Come create holiday cards for yourself and the community.

Taco Tuesday

Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

 

It’s Taco Tuesday!! Come on down and get your “Taco fix” and meet new people.

Coffee Talk with CSCAZ

At Carrie’s Cafe– Sun City West (Location change) 13576 W. Camino Del Sol, Suite 7

 

3rd Monday of every Month, July 17, August 21, and September 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Join CSCAZ during this social time to meet other people in the community who are impacted by cancer.

YOUTH AND TEEN

For more information about our youth, teen and family program, please contact Carrie Cantrell at (602) 712-1006 or ccantrell@cscaz.org. Our Teen Program is presented by The Bidstrup Foundation.

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Teen Events: For ages 13-21
  • Teen Taco Night

3rd Thursday of every month, July 20, August 17, and September 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In partnership with Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.

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  • Teen Pamper Day

At Coiffeur’s Salon (1024 North 1st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85003).  Come get a fresh haircut and style (guys, too!) so you are ready to head back to school.  Girls can also enjoy getting your makeup and nails done!

Sunday, July 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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  • Teen Art Hour

Saturday, August 19, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Come hang out with your friends and let yourself heal through expressive art projects.  Made possible by Valley Youth Leadership.  Food provided!

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  • Teen Ready, Set, Success!

Saturday, September 23, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Trying to decide what your future holds?  Be A Leader Foundation will discuss options for college success followed by a career panel provided by Gold Heroes.

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Family Services: For families with Children up to age 18
  • Beat the Heat Family Barbeque

Saturday, July 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bring the family down for indoor fun!  We will play indoor lawn games, eat yummy food, and more!

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  • Kid Support

Six-week series, Wednesday, August 23 to September 27, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kid Support (TM) is a six-session program that teaches children ages 7-12 tools to cope with a cancer diagnosis in the family.  Open to children who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as children with cancer in the family.  A parent orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 22, at 6:00 pm.

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  • Family Yoga

Saturday, August 26, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Enjoy this healthy and relaxing exercise as a family.

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  • Capturing Family Moments

Saturday, September 30, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Take a trip down memory lane as a family!  Learn how to record family memories using recycled materials in lieu of photos.  Feel free to bring photos for inspiration!

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EAST VALLEY

Some Programs in the East Valley are offered at Desert Botanical Garden , which honors Melodie Lewis whose passion helped to bring support for those impacted by Cancer to the Garden. Additionally, Programs are offered at Via Linda Senior Center in an effort to be more accessible to East Valley residents.

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Drumming from the Heart

At Via Linda Senior Center -10440 East Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

 

2nd Mondays of the Month, July 10, August 14, and September 11, 6:00-7:30 pm

Drumming from the Heart sessions provide a rhythmical and focused space for you to de-stress your mind, body and spirit by using music and guided voice. Led by REMO certified instructor Frank Thompson and psychologist Dr. David Engstrom.

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WEST VALLEY
Programs in the West Valley are offered at Bellevue Heights Church, Benevilla Family and Resource Center, Peoria Community Center, and a number of Sun Health Locations.
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Cancer Support Group at Benevilla

Benevilla – 13576 West Camino Del Sol, #22, Sun City West, AZ 85378

 

At Benevilla – Sun City West Location

July 10, August 7, September 11, 9:30 – 11:00 am

This professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.

Coffee Talk with CSCAZ

At Benevilla – Sun City West Location:  Carrie’s Cafe, 13576 W. Camino Del Sol #7, Sun City West, AZ  85375

 

3rd Monday of the Month

July 17, August 21, and September 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Join CSCAZ during this social time to meet other people in the community who are impacted by cancer.

 

Cancer Support Group at the Colonnade

At the Colonnade:  19116 North Colonnade Way, Surprise, AZ  85374

 

3rd  Friday of the Month

July 21, August 18, and September 15, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

This professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.

 To register for these programs, please call Sun Health at (623) 207-1703.

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Healthy Meal Preparation for Cancer

At Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, Betty’s Kitchen – 14719 West Grand Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374

1st and 3rd Friday of every month, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1 and 15, 10:00-11:00 am

Learn how to create easy and affordable dishes packed with antioxidants and flavor while staying on a budget.

Recipes and menu tasting included. Open to cancer survivors, family and friends.

Supplements and Cancer Care

Thursday, August 17, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

 

Location: PORA

Heather Paulson, ND, Naturopathic Oncologist, will discuss what you need to know about supplements during and after cancer treatment to make the best decision for you.  Learn what to watch out for, risks for interactions, and how to get nutrients from food sources.

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