June’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day filled with opportunities for learning

For Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, June 4, National Cancer Survivors Day represents more than a single Day.

Throughout June, Scripps MD Anderson invites cancer survivors, cancer patients, their families, and caregivers to take part in several free webinars, classes and support classes, designed to provide emotional, mental and physical support needed to balance and restore well-being.

Men’s Pelvic Health and Wellness – June 1 (virtual): Learn about the pelvic floor for men, symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, how to address them and when to seek professional help. The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs. Learn about the anatomy, function and roles of the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to urinary control, bladder and bowel function, and sexual health and wellness.

Nutrition and Fitness Beyond Cancer Treatment – June 6 (virtual): Learn about foods to include in your diet that decrease the risk of cancer recurrence or second primary cancers, improve energy levels and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Discover which foods have the greatest benefits and why, and how to incorporate them in a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition and Fitness During Cancer Treatment – June 20 (virtual): Learn about food flexibility for optimal nutrition prior to and during cancer treatment, as well as signs and symptoms related to treatment. Attendees will learn about optimal hydration and nutrition, including the importance of adequate protein and calories.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class – Multiple dates and locations in June: This exercise program includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility. Minimize bone loss and promote bone health by utilizing weights, bands and yoga postures. The program is designed to build stronger bones, improve balance and promote functional strength and fitness.

This class takes place on the campus of Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego at the Woltman Family College Building in Hillcrest.

Exercise for Lymphedema – Multiple dates and locations in June: Therapeutic exercises are known to help relieve swelling and pain caused by lymphedema.

This weekly exercise class is led by experts from Scripps Shiley Fitness Center who teach proper exercise techniques to alleviate swelling and reduce discomfort. The 45-minute exercise class utilizes a combination of seated, standing and floor exercises. Modifications and variations will be offered to accommodate all levels of fitness and conditioning. Medical clearance and advanced notice are required to participate in the class.

Cancer Support Groups: Whether you or a loved one has cancer or you’re caring for someone who does, it helps to connect with others who are going through similar experiences.

Scripps MD Anderson currently hosts the following support groups for people with specific cancer types and their caregivers:

Breast Cancer Support Group – June 14, 1 – 2 p.m. (virtual or by phone): Contact to join: 760-492-5899 or vestevich.jeanne@scrippshealth.org.

Breast Cancer Support Group – June 5 and June 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Spanish only): Scripps Well Being Center, Chula Vista. Contact to join: 619-862-6613.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group – June 21, 1 – 2 p.m. (virtual or by phone): Contact to
join: 760-492-5899 or vestevich.jeanne@scrippshealth.org.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group – June 15, 2 – 3 p.m. (virtual or by phone): Contact to join: 858-626-5059.

For more information on these events, call 1-800-727-4777 (1-800-SCRIPPS), or visit www.scripps.org/cancersurvivors.

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