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T'ai Chi in Mill Valley
The practice of T'ai Chi Chuan generates qi (pronounced 'chee'). Qi is the Chinese world for 'life force' or 'vital energy', our true source of strength. Qi is often felt as heat in the body. A relaxation comes with being fully present in your body.
Instructors Julie Reinganum and Jan Sheffner are certified with the T'a Chi Foundation and the School of T'ai Chi Chuan.
They teach group and private classes in San Francisco and Mill Valley. Check the Nancy's List Calendar for the current Mill Valley classes.
Contact Julie Reinganum at email@example.com
Programs in the Halprin Process, a movement-based expressive arts approach that integrates movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques, and therapeutic practices. This approach supports personal, interpersonal, and social transformation, teaching new models for health, psychology, art, and communication. The institute is a nonprofit organization and provides one of the most renowned movement-based healing arts programs in the world.
Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer
TAPS (Tina Action Programs)
P.O. Box 807
Woodacre, California 94973
Grass-roots organization representing West Marin. Established in 2000 in response to the high rates of breast cancer in local communities and to the death of a friend, Tina Shea. Bi-lingual educational outreach and free clinical breast exams with a nurse practitioner through the “Tina Caring Program.” These services are offered in outlying areas as well as on-going at the Pt. Reyes Medical Clinic.
Gives teens and young adults with cancer or a blood disease a chance to make new friends, share life experiences, and participate in fun activities. Support services for parents and siblings.
Teens Living with Cancer
Online information, social networking, and resources to help teens living with cancer and their families meet their unique life challenges.
The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: The Essential Handbook to Life After Cancer
Michael Feuerstein and Patricia Findley
New York: Marlowe & Co., 2006
The Complete Revised and Updated Cancer Survival Guide:
Everything You Must Know and Where to Go for State-of-the-Art Treatment of the 25 Most Common Forms of Cancer
Peter Teeley and Philip Bashe
New York: Broadway, 2005
The FORCE Program: The Proven Way to Fight Cancer Through Physical Activity and Exercise
Jeffrey Berman, Fran Fleegler, John Hanc, Nancy Brinker
New York: Ballantine Books, 2003
The Max Foundation
Dedicated to helping patients with leukemia and blood-related cancers worldwide by facilitating access to treatment and providing care and support for those who have limited access to resources. Provides information about treatment options, screening, and referrals to local and global resources, emotional and practical support, assistance with access to treatment including drug donations, patient assistance programs, clinical trials, and reimbursement for treatment through local health-care systems.
The Medicine Program
877 694-3893 toll-free
The Ovarian Cancer Survivors Cookbook
All proceeds go to organizations promoting awareness and research for early detection and a cure.
The Second Opinion
1200 Gough Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Sole purpose is to provide free second opinions to adults in California who have been diagnosed with new or recurring cancer. Relies upon the volunteer efforts of over sixty Board Certified physicians from eight medical disciplines whose experience in cancer treatment practice is critical to the mission of the organization and who work with a variety of recognized medical facilities. Provided by the Regional Cancer Foundation.
The Stang Cancer Prevention Center Cookbook: A Complete Nutrition and Lifestyle Plan to Dramatically Lower Your Cancer Risk
Laura J. Pensiero, Michael P. Osborne, Susan Oliveria
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004
Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Inc.
877 588-7904 toll-free
E-mail support groups, a toll-free survivors line, a low-iodine cookbook, newsletters, conferences, and workshops. Active in raising funds for research.
Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation
Awards college scholarships to individuals affected by a brain tumor diagnosis.
To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 367
Kentfield, California 94914
Raises funds to help people dealing with breast cancer or who have breast health concerns. Supports early detection screening, emotional and educational services, under-served communities, and healing opportunities through events for those living with breast cancer.
UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, California 94115
A multi-disciplinary breast care center that provides state-of-the-art health care services, extensive psychological support, clinical trial research, and support services. Its mission is to provide innovative and comprehensive breast care that addresses the needs of the whole person.
UCSF Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, California
Provides information and treatment options, emotional support, and community resources. Free programs bring patients together, foster community, educate patients about their diagnoses, and give them effective tools to navigate the disease process. Classes in exercise and movement, meditation, guided imagery, a lending library, preparing for surgery, nutrition, support groups for partners, families and friends, gays and lesbians, peer support, spiritual support, appointment planning, smoking cessation, special seminars and events, referrals for individual and family counseling and psychotherapy, and breast prostheses, hats, turbans, wigs, make-up.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
888 393-3863 toll free
Supports, educates, and connects young adults affected by cancer through on-line resources, college scholarships, and advocacy.
Us Too International, Inc.
800 808-7866 toll-free
Provides timely and reliable information to educate men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer to enable them to make informed choices regarding treatment. Active advocate for increased funding for early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and research.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
877 696-6775 toll-free
Agency oversees federal health and safety programs, including income assistance, health-care and insurance programs for children and families. Information on Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other medical and financial programs for low-income individuals and families.
Vietnamese Community Health Project
San Francisco, California
Develops and evaluates public health programs in collaboration with the Vietnamese community throughout the U.S. in the areas of tobacco control, promotion of cancer screening, and hepatitis B immunizations.
Vital Options Cancer Network
800 477-7666 toll-free
Facilitates a global dialogue by using technology to reach people dealing with cancer. Weekly call-in cancer radio talk show called The Group Room linking callers with other patients, long-term survivors, physicians, researchers, and therapists experienced in working with cancer issues.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
800 829-1040 toll-free
A free program of the Internal Revenue Services offers tax help through trained volunteers to people with low and moderate incomes who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Contact the national program to obtain information about local services.
Volunteer Legal Services Program
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Connects low-income people living with cancer with volunteer lawyers who are willing to provide free legal assistance with wills, powers of attorney, and insurance issues.
Wall of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors Project
Exhibit of hundreds of portraits of Californians living with breast cancer is shown in venues throughout the U.S. Newsletter, “The Green Breast Cancer Letter.”Seminars and literature explore environmental contributors to breast and other cancers.
Waterlily Vibrant Massage
Kari Albono, MT, knows the value of massage for a cancer survivor since her experience of cancer as a small child. She would like to offer her services at a discounted rate. She also offers an extra 10% off for a year to those persons who donate $100 to Camp Okizu (www.okizu.org ) which Kari attended as a child.
Consumers can find information on medical conditions, treatments, and drugs, participate in discussions with medical experts, read the latest news in medicine, and share health experiences on this comprehensive website.
An international internet support group provides information and support to all persons diagnosed with or treated for cancer that affects the larynx or those who have suffered damage to their vocal cords. Support is directed toward creating understanding, providing educational opportunities, and rehabilitation assistance.
We Can Pediatric Brain Tumor Network
Offers information and emotional support to families with children who have brain tumors.
Well Spouse Association
800 838-0879 toll-free
Gives support to partners of chronically ill patients. Provides a monthly newsletter, Mainstay, letter-writing support groups, an annual conference, and other regional and weekend meetings. Works to make health-care professionals and the general public aware of the great difficulties caregivers face every day.
What Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Health Insurance
Kimberly J. Calder, Karen Pollitz
Silver Spring, MD: National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, 2003
This book sorts through the insurance maze by explaining the many types of insurance, how people living with cancer can get the most out of their coverage, and discussing laws that provide protection for survivors changing jobs. Contact National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship to purchase copy. Available in Spanish.
What To Do If You Get Breast Cancer
930 Tamalpais Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
Congregate meals at the Whistlestop Depot Café at below market prices
Wigs for Kids
Provides complimentary, custom-made hairpieces to help children look themselves and live their lives.
WomanKind Health Resource Center
Saint Mary’s Medical Center
450 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California 94117
A resource center within Saint Mary’s Hospital. Offers a breast cancer support community and a comprehensive lymphedema program.
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Women’s Cancer Network
Developed by the Gynecological Cancer Foundation. Website dedicated to informing women about gynecologic cancer risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials.
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, California 94609
510 420-7900 helpline
Empowers women to be active and informed consumers and survivors. Provides community for women with cancer and their supporters. Educates the general community about cancer. Actively involved in the struggle for a life-affirming, cancer-free society. Especially strives to meet the needs of low-income women, women of color, immigrant, lesbian, older, and disabled women. Multi-lingual lending library. Services include peer-facilitated support groups, including a group for teens who have a parent or guardian with cancer, an information and referral helpline that includes services for Spanish-speaking survivors and for the deaf community, the Sister to Sister program for African American women, a Latina Services Program, and the Lesbians with Cancer support community. Other programs help low-income women obtain financial assistance and in-home support services. Offers a list of free and low-fee therapists throughout the Bay Area experienced in working with people with cancer and their families.
Dedicated to the radical notion that women are entitled to information, services, and support.
Information and Referral Helpine
Several hundred calls from women with cancer, their friends, family and loved ones come into the helpline each month. Volunteers who staff the helpline provide information on support groups, peer referrals, community resources, and treatment options, and refer to physicians as well as other health care providers.
Our comprehensive lending library includes 2,000 volumes, materials in Spanish, and Internet access. The library is one of the few that offers Spanish materials and information on a full spectrum of both mainstream and complementary therapies.
Multicultural Outreach Program
We provide culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible information, educational workshops and gatherings, support services and referrals, as well as outreach and continued follow-up to African Americans, Latinas, and other women of color living with a diagnosis of cancer.
Educational Forums, Advocacy, and Public Policy
Forums and workshops are offered on a range of topics. We offer free workshops on relevant issues for the cancer patient and those living with cancer. The Center partners with other organizations to make the link between cancer and environmental toxins and works to change policy to stop cancer where it starts.
Calendar of Events
In-Home Support Services (Betts Program)
Our 1-to-1 Betts Program is the only program of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. We link volunteers with low-income women who need practical and emotional support. Volunteers assist with activities such as shopping and cleaning, as well as provide emotional support to those with limited resources and those who feel isolated and lonely in the face of their illness.
Latina Services Program
This program focuses on families whose first language is Spanish. Staff and volunteers facilitate access to responsive and effective services and treatment. The program also includes community education programs in Spanish to ensure a greater understanding of a cancer diagnosis and care.
Cultural and Healing Arts Programs
We provide a wide array or workshops and classes to help you get through treatments and assist you with wellness after your recovery, including Gentle Yoga, Writing for Wellness, Yarn Divas, Cooking Club, Nutrition, Creativity and special offerings.
Sister to Sister
One of the key health issues facing the African American community is the overwhelming silence about cancer. Our clients agree that the silence in this community can be deadly. Sister to Sister encourages African women to "break the silence" about cancer by providing a forum for discussion, a place for support, and a means to disseminate resources and support information to build community. The program brings the powerful message to women of African descent that, "Sisters, no one needs to face this journey alone. Let's talk about cancer."
Peer Support Groups
Our groups are run by trained facilitators with experience pertinent to the focus of the group. The groups are: Women with Cancer, Spanish-Speaking Women with Cancer, African American Women with Cancer, Complementary and Alternative Treatments, Adults with Blood-Related Cancers and Their Families and Friends; Spanish-Speaking Friends and Family of Women with Cancer, Women with Metastatic Cancer, Teen Support (for teens with a parent or caregiver with cancer), and a Lesbian Support Group.
Peer Referral Network
Callers are linked to women with similar medical diagnoses, ethnic backgrounds, languages, sexual orientations, and/ or treatment choices. By connecting women with peers who have 'been there,' this service provides invaluable information and emotional support.
East Bay Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
The EBBCEF provides financial assistance to low income women with breast cancer living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who are currently in treatment. The fund will provide women with access up to $500 per year to help with basic living needs. This fund is sponsored by Friends of Faith and To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and several other donors.
Women’s Health Resource Center
3698 California Street
San Francisco, California 94118
Provides health information and education services. Gynecological Cancer Recovery Program. Operates a boutique with products to cope with hair loss, breast surgery.
Women’s Health Services County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services
361 Third Street, Suite E
San Rafael, California 94901
Full service OB-GYN and reproductive health clinic with day and evening clinics serving all ages. Access to Family Pact and Cancer Detection services as well as the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program.
A series of videos in which women living with breast cancer offer emotional support and advice.
Working Against Cancer Scholarship Program
Assists young cancer survivors (30 years and younger) by providing awards toward academic and vocational education. A candidate must be a cancer survivor or recently diagnosed with cancer but does not need to be currently receiving treatment to qualify.
Working It Out: Your Employment Rights as a Cancer Survivor
Silver Spring, MD: National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, 2003
Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization
800 221-2141 hotline
800 986-9505 Spanish
Provides information and support to anyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Offers a national 24-hour hotline, early detection workshops, peer support groups for survivors as well as spouses of survivors, and many local chapters. Founded by two breast cancer patients in 1978 when they realized their needs could best be met by women who had also experienced breast cancer.
San Francisco, California
Yoga Bear is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cancer survivors with more opportunities for wellness and healing though the practice of yoga. Yoga Bear offers cancer survivors free passes to local yoga studios.
Young Cancer Spouses
Social networking forum and bulletin boards bring together young spouses of adults with cancer to share information, support, and experiences.
Young Survival Coalition
An international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy, and awareness, YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer, and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 years and under.
Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation
Mission is to provide support to head and neck cancer patients, to educate children and adults about the disease process, treatment, and prevention of head and neck cancer, and to support ongoing research in this oncology.
Zen Hospice of San Francisco
273 Page Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Dedicated to the care of people approaching death and to increasing our understanding of our own impermanence.
Zero Breast Cancer
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite C400
San Rafael, California 94903
Mission is to find the causes of breast cancer through community participation in research projects.
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