UCSF events for October 2005

By Michael Fortes

LECTURES AND LEARNING

Thursday, October 13
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE & WOMEN’S HEALTH: AN APPROACH TO BALANCING HORMONES: Part of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine educational series. Noon-1:00 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. (415) 353-7700.

Wednesday, October 19
DIET & IMMUNITY: Learn about dietary changes that can strengthen the immune system and which foods can help prevent illness. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero, 3rd floor, room H3805, San Francisco. RSVP at (415) 885-3693.

Thursday, October 20
CANCER IN THE FAMILY: COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR CHILDREN: Children ages 2 through 9 will be led through games and activities in an adjoining room while parents meet and receive help on how to best talk with their children about illness and change. 5-7 p.m. Free. RSVP required, deadline is October 11. UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero St., 3rd floor, room H3906, San Francisco. RSVP at (415) 885-3693.

Tuesdays, October 25- December 13
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS FOR WOMEN WORKSHOP: Reading from “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Discover how key archetypes in these fairytales contain wisdom about human psychology and women’s paths to transformation and authenticity. 5:15-6:30 p.m. $360. Advance registration required. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 or email [email protected] to register.

Wednesday, October 26
PROSTATE CANCER & NUTRITION: With Natalie Ledesma, MS, RD. Learn about the latest prostate cancer research and how to better meet nutritional needs. 4-6 p.m. Free. UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero St., 3rd floor, room H3906, San Francisco.  RSVP at (415) 885-3693.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Wednesday, October 19
HIV LYMPHOMA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: A new monthly support group for people living with HIV lymphoma and their friends and family is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 6-7:30 p.m. in San Francisco (near Civic Center BART/Muni). To express interest in attending, call one of the group facilitators: Tom Leahy, RN, (415) 353-1304 or Nancy Levy, MSW, (415) 353-2220.

CLASSES AND COURSES

Mondays, October 3- 31
BREAST CARE BASICS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS & CAREGIVERS: Open to all, regardless of where medical care is received. Treatment options, emotional aspects of receiving a diagnosis, Q&A with physician-specialist, discussions with survivors/advocates. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Free. UCSF Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., H Bldg., 3rd fl. conference room, San Francisco. Contact Debbie Hamolsky, RN, MS, at [email protected] or (415) 353-9878.

Mondays, October 3- 31
MEDITATION AND GUIDED IMAGERY CLASS: Relaxation and mindfulness practices for cancer patients and caregivers. Alternating instructors Teresa Corrigan, RN, and Brook Stone, LCSW. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, October 4- 25
ASK THE PHARMACIST!: Weekly drop-in with Zoe Ngo, PharmD, to discuss drug therapies, interactions, side effects, herbal medications, and online resources. Co-sponsored by the UCSF Cancer Resource Center and the UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy. 1 - 2 p.m. Free. Cancer Resource Center, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, October 4- 25
YOGA: MEDICAL AND STRESS RELATED CONDITIONS: Continuing yoga with gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation, and relaxation for more advanced students. Sponsored by the UCSF Cancer Resource Center. 5 - 6:30 p.m. $12 per class. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Prior to first class, contact instructor Jnani Chapman at (415) 353-7720. For information call (415) 885-3693

Tuesdays, October 4- 25
HEALING THROUGH DANCE: Movement, imagery, and creativity to facilitate healing, led by Anne Krantz, PhD, ADTR. Techniques to deal with tension, enhance relaxation, and cope with medical procedures and physical limitations. Dance background unnecessary. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Wednesdays, October 5- 26
RESTORATIVE MOVEMENT: With Alice Brydges, CMT. Feldenkrais Method for rehabilitation and chronic pain relief. Geared toward those in recovery from cancer, including spouses, family, and caregivers. Noon - 1:15 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 2200 Post St., Hellman Conference Room, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Thursdays, October 6
THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR STRESS AND MEDICALLY-RELATED CONDITIONS - FREE INFO SESSION: Classes start October 13. Medical release form required. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 or email [email protected] for information.

Thursdays, October 6- 27
GENTLE YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Jnani Chapman, RN, BSN, CMT. Designed for cancer patients to help counter stress with gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Medical release form required. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 771-3210 to register.

Fridays, October 7- 28
PILATES MAT: Mary Power, MA, exercise instructor and dance medicine specialist. An exercise program, using mats, designed for gaining strength, endurance, and flexibility. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Room 110, San Francisco. Call (415) 885-3693 or email [email protected]

Tuesdays, October 11-18
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION - FREE INFO SESSION: Classes start October 25. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 or email [email protected] for information.

Thursdays, October 13- December 8
THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR STRESS AND MEDICALLY-RELATED CONDITIONS: Eight-week basic survey class combines gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation and relaxation. At the completion of this course students will feel safe to participate in general community yoga classes. Medical release form required. 5-6:30 p.m. $88. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 or email [email protected] for information.

Tuesdays, October 25- December 4
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION: Eight-week program introducing mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness and mindful movement. Modeled after the program developed at the University of Massachusetts by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. 5-6:30 p.m. $300 plus $35 materials fee. UCSF Mount Zion, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, San Francisco. Call (415) 353-7718 or email [email protected] for information.

Tuesdays, October 25- December 6
CANCER BIOLOGY 101: CURRENT PROGRESS AND FUTURE HOPE: Six-week course emphasizing the biology of cancer, tips on how to stay well and receive the best care, and recent advances in breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 7-8:45 p.m. $75. UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. Register online at Life Long Learning . Call (415) 476-2557 or email [email protected] for more information.

Wednesdays, October 26- December 7
HEART TO HEART: UNDERSTANDING THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM IN HEALTH AND DISEASE: Six-week course addressing the latest developments in heart disease and related conditions. 7-8:45 p.m. $75. UCSF Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. Register online at Life Long Learning . Call (415) 476-2557 or email [email protected] for more information.