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Understanding Radiation Therapy & Managing Side Effects — a Learn at Lunch event

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Noon to 1 p.m. (Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m.) 
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X Street, Sacramento

Learn at lunch Speaker: Jean Courquin, RN, BSN

Patients, their loved ones and health professionals are invited to attend this free workshop.  Come join us as we welcome Jean Courquin, clinical nurse with over 10 years of oncology experience to speak about radiation therapy.  Jean will explain how radiation therapy works and discuss the causes and care of common side effects related to radiation therapy.  He will also answer questions on how best to manage side effects from treatment.

For more information or to reserve your seat: Call 916-734-0823 or email Patricia Robinson by Friday, November 28th. Friends and family welcome. Bring your lunch!

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Holiday Home Tour

holiday home tourDate: Saturday, December 6, 2014
4 to 9  p.m.
Location: The Castle Sierra Ridge Estates, 5966 Ridge Park Dr., Loomis

Visit a home beautifully decorated for the holidays! Allan Frumkin and Cristie Akers hope that you will attend the Holiday Home Tour in support of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Me-One Foundation.

The five-acre property is located in the gated community of Sierra Ridge Estates. The exterior of this Gaudi-style Spanish castle, built in 1983, has more than 80,000 hand-placed clinker bricks evoking the romance of a chivalrous era.

Once up the steps, the romance continues as visitors enter a great hall with soaring 50-foot vaulted ceilings. The 7,775-square-foot manor boasts five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, bar, game room, workout room, a master retreat, and guest quarters with a full kitchen.

Distressed oak floors, terra cotta tiles and granite add an Old World flavor to the home. The kitchen area offers a cozy nook and den with a three-sided fireplace for warm moments. The Castle even displays a suit of armor.

Tickets: $40/person, with hosted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Contact: Cristie Akers at 916-580-7373 or

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Yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors


Dates: Mondays, weekly
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Classroom 2030, 2nd Floor, Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB), 4800 2nd Ave, Sacramento
Parking: Free parking in Lot 20 on 2nd Avenue (bicycle parking available)

Come participate in a series of weekly yoga classes, open to all levels of physical ability – from beginners to advanced yoga practitioners. No matter what treatment you are receiving or where you are in survivorship, poses will be accessible to you. Each hour-long class provides a safe space for you to try something new.

This practice is a combination of Vinyasa and Yin yoga styles. Vinyasa is a breath focused practice and Yin is a practice of stillness. Meditation is blended into the practice as well.

What to bring?
Water, ater, towel, yoga mat, an open mind and a willing attitude
Wear loose, comfortable clothing (pants, sports bra, t-shirt, sweatshirt, socks)

To register: Contact Patricia Robinson by email or by phone at 916-734-0823.



Support group meetings

Brain Tumor Support Group
Date: first Thursday of the month
7 to 9 p.m.
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, UC Davis Health System, 4860 Y St., Room 3015, Sacramento
A group offering emotional support and educational programs for brain tumor patients, their families, and friends.
Karen A. Smith, R.N., 916-734-5613

Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group
Date: first Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 4501 X St., Rooms 1101 and 1103
For patients and family members experiencing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome
Contact: Cheryl Johnson, 916-929-4720 ext.19

Look Good Feel Better
Date: fourth Monday of the month
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 4501 X St., Rooms 1101 and 1103
How can you enhance your appearance during cancer treatment? This free program, administered by the American Cancer Society, will teach you everything you need to know.
Contact: American Cancer Society, 916-446-7933

Lung Cancer Chat Room
Date: third Thursday of every month
Time: Temporarily suspended
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology conference room, 4501 X St.
An interactive meeting of learning and support for patients, families, friends and caregivers affected by lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Chat Room provides a time for education, sharing and an opportunity to connect face-to-face with people who can relate to the realities of lung cancer.  Special guest speakers are invited to give presentations on topics of interest to patients.  Educational and support materials are also provided.
Contact: Jena Cooreman, L.C.S.W., 916-734-5198
Proudly sponsored by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lymphedema Clinic
first Wednesday of the month
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Ambulatory Care Center, Room 2012.
This class can help you reduce your chances of develop-ing lymphedema. Both surgery and radiation treatment on or near the lymphatic areas (armpits) contribute to risk of developing lym-phatic obstruction. Lymphatic obstruction is a blockage of the lymph vessels that drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed. Lymphatic obstruction may cause lymphedema, which means swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages.
Contact: Jean Kotal, P.T., 916-734-0368

Prostate Cancer Support Group
3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: On even months (February, April, June, August, October, December) at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. Sacramento.
        Note: On the odd months, the group is held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mercy San Juan on the 3rd Thursday, (January, March, May, July, September, November), at Mercy Physical's Plaza 6555 Coyle Ave. Carmichael, Conference Room 150.
The Prostate Cancer Support Group provides education, sharing and an opportunity to connect face-to-face with people who can relate to prostate cancer.
Contact: Beverly Nicholson, R.N., M.S., 916-537-5237

Smoke-Free Support Group
every second Friday of the month
For more information: visit the support group webpage HERE or contact Cari Shulkin, 916-734-0718,